Warm your cockles with my hearty winter warmer!


I’m not sure what has happened, but November has come around so fast, and it has gone from being moderately cold to FREEZING! Maybe it is a sign of things to come…a white Christmas maybe? Anyway, I don’t know about you, but it is this time of year when I like hearty, warming food, that you can shove in the oven, leave, and eat. So I thought I would share with you one of my favourite meals…a delicious bacon hotpot. It is simple to make, very tasty and warming. To feed 2-3 (I probably eat enough for 2 as its so scrumptious!), you will need:

  • 8 rashers of bacon
  • 1 leek
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • roughly 5-6 good-sized potatoes
  • 1 pork stock cube
  • salt and pepper
  • casserole dish

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First of all, chop up all of your vegetables; carrots, leek and onion.

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Next, take your casserole dish (a rectangular one is best).

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Put all your vegetables in the dish and give a good mix! Mmm… lots of goodness! Sprinkle some pepper over these.

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Following that, peel and chop your potatoes in slices. I used a mandolin slicer (pictured below) as they are quick and easy; if you don’t have one of these, a knife will be fine! Cut to about 1 cm thick.

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Roughly place your potatoes over the top of the vegetables so that they are all covered. Then crumble your stock cube into a jug and mix well with 1/2 pint of boiling water. Pour this over the potatoes and season well with salt and pepper.

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Get your bacon and cover the potatoes…again a little pepper on top. (I love pepper in case you didn’t notice) Cover with tin foil and place on a baking tray (much easier). Place in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees and cook for one hour. After a hour, take it out of the oven and take the foil off. Put back in the oven for another half hour or until the bacon is brown and a little crispy.

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And viola! Ok, so not the most gourmet looking meal, but deliciously tasty. Sit back, relax and enjoy your meal…yum yum! I would love to know how you have got on if you have tried my recipe 🙂 Be sure to comment or tweet a pic!

Happy Tuesday!

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