Monday, 30 April 2012

Double Potato and Halloumi Bake

Let's start with the positives. Steve and I thoroughly enjoyed tonight's dinner. I can't remember the last time I made this dish, but now I've remembered how good it is I'll do it more often. However James refused to eat the meal and opened a tin of tomato soup. Rachel ate it smothered in tomato Ketchup.  When I commented on how I forgotten about this meal for so long Rachel's comment was "Thank God". Not one for the kids then, but don't be put off by that. This is a recipe from Nigella Lawson 'Nigella Bites'. I ended up using 3 smallish sweet potatoes, 3 medium sized maris piper potatoes and 1 red pepper. I didn't use the full amount of garlic and  just roasted it for the flavour then discarded it. I also used a whole block of halloumi cheese because I really love it. 

Serves 2 -3 
1 large sweet potato,
1 large Desiree potato or other red/firm potato
1 red onion
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
1/2 head of garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
Black pepper
125g halloumi cheese, sliced as thinly as you can
Ovenproof baking dish, 25 x 15cm

Preheat the oven to 200°C
Cut the sweet potato into rough 4cm cubes and the Desiree slightly smaller (2½cm) as the sweet potato will cook more quickly. Halve the red onion, then cut each half into 4-6 segments, discarding any tough outer skin. De-seed the peppers and cut into 2½cm squares, and separate the cloves of garlic.
Put everything into a large roasting tin or whatever you want to use (it should be big, otherwise use two dishes) and, using your hands, give the vegetables a good coating of olive oil. Season with black pepper, but no salt as the cheese will make it salty (and anyway, the salt will make water leech out).
Cook for 45 minutes, by which time the vegetables should be cooked through and here and there tinged with brown. You'll need to turn the oven up to maximum or light the grill for the end game: so place the thinly sliced cheese on top of the bake, and put it back in the very hot oven or under the grill until the cheese has melted and turned slightly brown on top, about 5-10 minutes. Serve straight out of the roasting tin.

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