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Friday, 22 March 2013

Oven Baked Creamy Wild Garlic & Cheese Potatoes

This is a twist on one of those great potato dishes that tastes magic, is easy to cook and you keep forgetting to make until something else reminds you and then you want it!


Irish Food Guide_Wild Garlic with No Flowers
The delicate white flowers aren't out on the Wild Garlic in Donegal yet

I was down the garden today and the  smell of my wild garlic plants wafted over and ticked me on the nose. "Mmm", I thought, "Oven Baked Creamy Wild Garlic & Cheese Potatoes". So I made them this evening and here's the recipe!

Use a good floury potato because they'll be perfect for soaking up the cream. The Red Duke of York is a fantastic all round potato being good for roasting, mashing, baking or making chips. I used a mix of Cheddar and Parmesan because I like to! You can use just cheddar cheese if you wish.

The taste of wild garlic is more subtle compared to normal cloves of garlic and the flowers aren't out on them yet here in Donegal.

*If you don't have any wild garlic leaves you can use 4 normal garlic cloves and optional freshly chopped parsley instead.

My Ingredients:

1.5kg (3 1/2 lbs) Potatoes
500ml (1 pint) Whipping Cream
100g (4oz) Cheddar Cheese, grated
50g (2oz) Parmesan Cheese, grated
*About 10 Wild Garlic leaves, shredded thinly
Freshly ground Black Pepper

My Method:

1. Peel and slice thinly all the potatoes using a sharp knife, the blades on a grater or a mandolin. Place them in a large bowl.

2. Add all the grated parmesan cheese, most of the cheddar cheese, the cream, the garlic or the wild garlic. Add 8-10 twists of freshly ground pepper.


Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of the dish

3. Mix everything together well with a large spoon and then scoop it into a 2" deep baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Cheddar cheese over the top and flatten everything down gently.

4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 175°C, 350°F, Gas 4 for 1 hour. After 30 minutes, take the dish out and gently press the potatoes down again to let the cream come up over the top of the mix. Pop it back in the oven to finish the cooking time.

Irish Food Guide_Creamy Wild Garlic & Cheese Potatoes
Delicious as a side dish or on it's own with a salad for a late night snack!
The top of the potato dish will be lightly crispy and brown and it will be ready to eat straight away.

If you want to, you can make this the day before a special dinner, let it cool completely when cooked and cut it into squares. When you're ready eat, it heats up in a hot oven or in a microwave quite quickly to serve as a garnish or a side dish.

You could eat this potato dish all day - it didn't last long!

There you go, simple and very tasty Oven Baked Creamy Wild Garlic & Cheese Potatoes. Yum!

Zack

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