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Potatoes Boulangere

Potatoes Boulangere

Image credit to: Boston Organics

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 sprigs fresh sage, leaves picked and finely sliced, some leaves left whole
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock or Field Day Organic Vegetable Broth
  • 1 large handful of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 3 Tbsp butter

Recipe

Take the time to slice the potatoes and onions very thinly. This will help create really delicate layers, which will taste delicious.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Get an ovenproof dish around 12 in x 8 in and about 2 in deep.

Arrange a layer of sliced potatoes over the base, then a layer of sliced onions, followed by a scattering of sliced sage and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Continue in this way, alternating the layers of potatoes and onions, finishing with a layer of potatoes that slightly overlap each other.

Pour your stock over the potatoes. Season the top layer with a little salt and pepper, then scatter over the whole sage leaves and your Parmesan. Pop little dots of the butter all over the potatoes, then place the dish on the highest shelf of the oven and cook for around an hour, until the top is crisp and golden and the potatoes cooked all the way through.

Literally called "potatoes from the baker," pommes boulangère originated in France centuries ago when people in rural areas did not own ovens of their own. On their way to church, women would take the Sunday roast of lamb in a dish, surrounded with sliced onions and potatoes, to the baker to be cooked in his oven while the family prayed. Afterward, they picked it up and took it home for lunch, perfectly done.

Adapted from Jamie Oliver