Friday, 10 October 2014

Cheesy Potato Bake - Easy Family Meals


We've been so busy lately that I just haven't had the time to go shopping - even online. Do things ever get that way at your place?

During the school holidays I avoid the stores as much as possible. If I shop with kids the budget seems to blow out the moment we step foot in the supermarket, no matter if I've gone to the effort of writing a list. Don't even get me thinking on the horrifying limitations of shopping with kids heading in every different direction, touching things they shouldn't and asking for everything they lay their eyes on...

Over the school holidays I took a glorious break from shopping altogether and my supermarket vacation continues this week with the re-commencement of school. (Long may it continue too!) With the exception of buying the absolute essentials, (Husband takes care of these on his way home from work), I decided to get busy on using up the supply in the overstocked pantry instead.

How many meals can I prepare from the provisions that we already have and while we're at it, what do we have?! (Loads of canned foods that's for sure.) Do you let foods build up in your pantry until you have no idea what you have as well?

Like everyone, potatoes, cheese and onions are something we have in abundance at any time and combined, these items make a great side-dish that's perfect for serving with steak, leftovers, eggs or whatever there is lying about and intended for dinner. Cheesy Potato Bake makes an easy weeknight meal addition and you can prepare it early in the day when things are a little less hectic - just cover and refrigerate until required.

I have been making this meal for years and it's easy to prepare. You can modify this recipe to suit your needs very easily. As a side dish, the following will yield around five decent sized portions or more if the serves are smaller in the case of children. Preparation takes around 15 minutes, (even faster if you slice and grate with an appliance) and baking time is around 50 minutes to an hour.


Cheesy Potatoes:

5-6 good sized potatoes. Use baking varieties that are known to soften well in the oven such as Dutch Cream.
1-2, small - medium onions,
1 cup of grated tasty cheese,
Paprika and parsley to garnish,
Half a stock cube,
Butter or margarine,
Olive oil.

Peel potatoes and slice thinly. I use a Tefal Fresh Express appliance to do this quickly but you can do it by hand too. I pop the potatoes in a microwave container and give them a little zap in the microwave to soften them. (Around two minutes on medium to high power.) This speeds up the cooking process and ensures the potatoes don't come out undercooked in the end result.

Slice onions finely and reserve in a bowl.

Grate the cheese and place in a separate bowl too.

Use a medium sized baking dish and sprinkle with olive oil to cover the base. Begin by placing a layer of potatoes to line the dish, followed by a layer of onion, then cheese before starting the whole layering process again. Finish with a top layer of potatoes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Dissolve the stock cube in a quarter of a cup of boiling water and gently pour this over the potatoes making sure you cover the surface evenly. Dot the dish with small blobs of butter or margarine and sprinkle the top with paprika and a small amount of dried parsley.

Bake for 50 minutes to an hour at 200 degrees C. Baking time may vary depending on the potato variety you are using and your oven so keep an eye on them and adjust as required. If you find the top is browning too fast, place a sheet of foil over any areas of concern. Personally, I like the little crunchy bits and have to hold back from picking at them when it's fresh from the oven.

Leftovers reheat beautifully in a covered baking dish the next day.

 
There are lots of variations on Cheesy Potato Bake. Do you have one that you like to make too?
 
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31 comments:

  1. My kids would love that. If you chucked some tuna in it, it would be dinner (maybe something green too or grated carrot to make yourself feel better)

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    1. Geez, you know I never thought to actually add to it as it has always been a potato dish to be served with something else. That's a great idea though.

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  2. I'm also working through our pantry at the moment and I'm ashamed to say I came across a continental pasta pack with an 2010 expiry :/ We also have a HEAP of potatoes at the moment and I'm now going to make this for dinner tonight :) Thanks for the inspiration and have a great weekend x

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    1. Hah! You know I found some real doosies in mine too. It's amazing how fast food expiry dates come around. I know of one tin of soup that's been lurking in mine for about a decade - it's almost too funny to throw away which is probably why I have left it untouched!
      Let me know how your bake turns out!

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  3. Mmm so yummy! Give me cheese-anything!! ;p

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  4. My Mom makes something v similar back home! They look delicious. Luke loves cheese on every single meal more or less!

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    1. You'll have to make it then for you both. :D

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  5. Oh mega mega drools!! Yum! I love a good potato bake! xx Lucy from Bake Play Smile

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  6. That sounds really yum! My pantry is a disgrace and could really use a clear out. Thanks for reminding me;-)

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    1. It's the least tantalising job to do isn't it. I avoid opening mine as much as possible and stick to one shelf only. The whole thing's a disgrace.

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  7. This has just been added nicely to next weeks meal plan!! I've also trying to use up pantry items and this looks YUM xxx

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  8. Looks absolutely delicious! I think I can make that tonight. Time to go hunting in the pantry! x

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    1. That's why I love this recipe - it's always do-able.

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  9. Hubby would love this - he likes a potato bake of any variety.

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  10. OMG, why didn't I think to put the potatoes in the microwave to soften them?? Such a good idea...I always do the par-boil thing! I'm going to give this a go soon, when I next pick up some potatoes as I love this dish. x

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    1. Yes I always do the par boil thing but not for this dish - microwave works well on already sliced potatoes.

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  11. That looks SO good. I do something very similar sometimes or, occasionally I'll substitute the stock for cream, very bad for you but so delicious!

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    1. Oh how good is the cream variety?! Love that! This makes up for it with generous serves of cheese and butter instead - almost the same thing right?

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  12. spring onions, ham and a little garlic in mine!! I use milk or cream but will be giving the stock a try next time!!
    I make a mashed potato bake which is always a winner!!

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  13. Ohhhh cheese and potatoes - two things I have currently banned from my diet but I would totally roll a camel to eat that right now! YUM xx

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    1. Cheese, potatoes and camels?! Now there's something I'd like to see Sonia!

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  14. God I love a good potato bake! Especially with bacon and cheese mmmmm.

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  15. Cheese and potato! 2 of my favourite things EVER! Thanks for sharing the dish!

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  16. I'm always after a good potato dish. I think I've found it :)

    I hate grocery shopping!

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  17. This looks really good! I would love to do this at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe :) Santa would love this!


    With lots of love from the North Pole,
    Elfie, Leader of the Elves at Christmas World

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  18. This sounds completely delicious. I love potatoes, but lean toward diabetic and probably shouldn't eat too much of them...but when I do, this is the way I go! Thanks for sharing :) Visiting over from #WeekendBlogShare

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