Lancashire Layered Potatoes
I tried for years to make the perfect Potato Dauphinoise but eventually I gave up, nothing I created was ever as good as my Mum’s. In the same way that I’d rather go without marmalade than eat a shop bought one which is a pale shadow of my Grandmother’s (I have now found a marmalade good enough) I decided to live without Potato Dauphinoise, unless Mum could be persuaded to make one for me. Looking through Just One Pot I spotted a recipe for Lancashire Layered Potatoes which, while based on layered potatoes and cheese, was different enough that I hoped I could cook it without it seeming like the poor relation of that childhood favourite.
A Yorkist in The Kitchen
There was just one small problem with my planned potato supper, the choice of cheese. Lancashire Cheese is a cows’ milk cheese, cows’ milk doesn’t agree with me. The closest equivalent I could think of which I can get made from sheep’s milk is a Wensleydale. Fortunately I don’t think my cooking will re-ignite the Wars of The Roses!
The Simplest Supper
To be honest, you don’t get a much simpler supper than this one. Thinly sliced potatoes layered with chopped onions and grated cheese in a heavy frying pan, cooked over a low heat for half an hour or so before being browned under the grill. I did find I needed almost double the cheese that the recipe stated but that didn’t worry me unduly, my block of Wensleydale was large enough to allow for that. Given that my kitchen is temporarily rather dark and my arthritis is still playing me up a bit I took the lazy option of slicing the potatoes and grating the cheese using the appropriate discs for my food processor; I’ll probably do the same with the potatoes next time I make this as I doubt I could slice them so thinly and evenly.
Full Marks for Flavour
Layered Potatoes is an absolute winner. We both enjoyed it and would both happily see it become a regular meal. An added bonus is that it can more or less be left alone while cooking, though I wouldn’t leave it unattended with our feline family, freeing me up to catch up with other things.
Five out of five for flavour
Four out of five for ease. It lost that extra point for understating the required cheese and because it is a bit fiddly at the preparation stage.