It’s winter, and nothing says winter more than a nice warm bake to keep you warm from the inside out. This is another Slimming World recipe taken from one of their magazines (I can’t tell you which as my mum tore it out and gave it to me as one she wanted me to do) and it’s nice and healthy as well as being yummy and warming. It’s also vegetarian if you take out the bacon. Plus it let me try out the potato scrubber my friend Lucy bought me.
- 1kg potatoes
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 450g bag of spinach
- 60z reduced-fat cheddar — grated
- 8 rashers bacon (Optional)
Preheat the oven to 190C and scrub the potatoes. Then cut them into chunks — bitesize is about right. Put them in a large pan of water, bring to the boil and then let them simmer for 15 minutes.
Whilst the potatoes are cooking, put the garlic and onion in a small pan with the stock cube and 200ml boiling water. Stir it in, cover it, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes when they’re done and leave them in the colander. Then immediately put the spinach in the same pan, cover with a lid and cook for a few minutes until just wilted. This was the bit that confused me. I’d never cooked spinach before, and 450g is a LOT of spinach. I ended up not using all of it, and I had to use a separate pan to fit it all in.
Then add the potatoes to the spinach and pour over the garlic, onion and stock mixture. Then sprinkle in half the cheese and mix it together really well. Add a bit of pepper and stir that in too. Then spoon the whole mix into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes: the top should be golden.
If you want to have this as a vegetarian dish, stop here. However, my family are carnivores so I decided to add some meat. I chopped up some leftover chicken breast and stir fried it to serve with it, but I also decided to add bacon to the top. I took the fat off 8 rashers of bacon and cut into small pieces. I then shallow fried it and sprinkled it over the top after the bake had been in for 30 minutes, before putting it back in the oven for 10. When it came out, it looked like this:
Dad said he would have preferred more bacon (told you. Carnivore) so if I do it again I’ll double the amount of bacon and stir half into the mix as well as having half on top. But it was bloody yum.
I hadn’t had much spinach before in my life and I don’t really like it, but mixed in with the potatoes, cheese and bacon it was perfect. Yummy.
Like I said, just take out the bacon and you have a decent vegetarian meal too. I’ll bear this in mind next time a vegetarian comes over for dinner. I have a Flickr photoset of making this here.