Nigel's Potatoes

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

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I dug this recipe out of an old Nigel Slater book the other day.   The book was called Real Food.  They aren't so much recipes as they are delicious suggestions about what to do with things you find in your larder, fridge, garden, etc.   That is the way I always cook, and those are the sorts of dishes I love to cook the most.  They are so open to interpretation and you can so easily make them your own.

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And this one is such a simple dish.  It's basically just layered raw potato, fried onions and chicken stock.   You don't even need to peel the potatoes.  And you can adapt it up or down to serve as many or as few people as you like. 

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You just layer it all up in a baking dish and pop it into the oven.  Well, you do fry the onions in some butter first.  I let them get just a bit golden, because I love those scrumptious golden bits, don't you?

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The potatoes get all soft and soak up the chicken stock and the onions almost turn buttery . . . .  in short, fabulous.  This dish is utterly fabulous.  And if the potato is your favourite vegetable like it is mine, then you will be in nothing short of heavenly bliss.

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*Nigel's Potatoes*
Servings vary
Printable Recipe 

I adapted this from a recipe I found in an old Nigel Slater cookery book called Real Food.   I have adapted it to feed as many and as few as you require.

For each serving you will need:
1 medium potato
1 small onion
60ml hot chicken stock (1/4 cup)
salt and black pepper to taste
a pinch of sugar
a small knob of butter

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Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F gas mark 5.  Butter a baking dish large enough to hold your ingredients.

Peel your onions and thinly slice.  Melt the knob of butter in a skillet.  Add the onions.  Sprinkle with some salt and black pepper and a pinch of sugar.  Cook, stirring frequently until just softened.   It is okay if they start to caramelize a bit.  Those are the tasty bits.

No need to peel your potatoes, but wash them really well and dry them.  Cut them into thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick.  Start layering the potatoes in the buttered baking dish with the potatoes, lightly seasoning each layer of potatoes.  I like to end with some onions just on top.  Pour the stock over all.  Cover tightly with foil.

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Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are just tender.  I did four today and it took about 45 minutes.  Uncover the last 10 minutes or so of cooking so that they get golden brown on top without drying out.   Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Note -  Obviously the cook times will be less for fewer servings, but you can still expect that it will take about 25 to 30 minutes.

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Not only is this delicious, but it is gorgeous to look at.   Bon Appetit!


  1. Yum! Wonder if this is related to a New England/Yankee recipe my great-aunt used to make. She'd layer potatoes and onions in a crock, then mix Lipton Onion Soup Mix with water and pour it over to cover. I think hers baked from 45 minutes to an hour.

    1. Thanks, I have no idea Am, but it sounds similar. xo

  2. What a delicious sounding dish. I do like Nigel Slater's recipes - they always work and are so easy to follow. Yum ... I think I might make this tomorrow.

  3. I thought this sounded good

  4. I can vouch for the fact that these potatoes are excellent and well worth a try if you haven't already. LizT

    1. I am pleased that you tried them Liz! They are excellent, are they not! ☺ xo

  5. Marie (may I call you Marie?),

    I just have to ask, what is a "knob"? I've never heard that term before. I'd like to try this dish but I don't know what a "knob" is. Help please.

    1. By all means Marty! A knob is a lump of butter about the size of a whole walnut, but it can be variable depending on what you are cooking. A knob of butter is basically a lump of butter. If a recipe says to add a knob of butter to a pan for sautéing, it usually means to add just enough butter to cover the bottom. Otherwise, it will tend to mean enough to melt nicely over whatever you are adding it to. For a rule of thumb, go for around 12 to 25 grams, or one to two tablespoons of butter. You really need to judge for yourself. Do you think it needs a little more, or a little less? When it comes to butter and cooking, which is not an exact science like baking, err on the side of caution, as you can always add more later if need be. For this recipe, I would use enough to generously cover the bottom of the dish.

  6. I'm thinking bacon would be good as a replacement for, or an addition to the onions! Oh and Americans LOVE cheese, so I'm thinking cheese on top at the end, pop under the broiler and serve!

    1. I like the way your mind thinks! Yes, all would be great additions, and I think Nigel would heartily approve! xoxo

  7. I love Nigels recipes too. Your interpretation looks totally yum. Will give it a go ❤️

  8. I’m going to try this today looks simple but tasty.


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