Garlic, bacon and crispy potatoes – a few of life’s simple pleasures.
I was recently overseas at a wedding with a large group of my friends. As we arrived late to our rented house the night before the wedding, come morning we had no food in the house. A quick trip to the local supermarket for supplies with the thoughts of what to cook my friends that would be quick, easy and filling for the long day ahead. Initially I planned a large frittata but then we somehow managed to forget the eggs at the checkout so here I was left looking at potatoes, bacon, spinach, tomatoes, onions and garlic with the stares of fifteen hungry friends.
Hence this recipe for home fries served with fried garlic onions and a salad of spinach and tomatoes was created. These potatoes would also work great alongside grilled meat, a pie or frittata.
The happiness around that table ensured this recipe had to be shared so please enjoy and share with your friends.
Serves 6 as a side.
- 4 large potatoes
- 6 cloves of garlic, skin on
- 100g bacon lardons/rashers/streaky bacon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Halve the potatoes and cook on high in the microwave for 8 minutes. This gently cooks the potatoes which allows a much more crispier but still fluffy finish in the oven.
- Preheat an oven to 200°C and place the garlic, bacon and olive oil in a large baking tray or ovenproof dish.
- Chop the potatoes into chunks and add to the ovenproof dish.
- Combine all the ingredients together and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until crispy. Stir the potatoes once or twice to ensure an even colour.
- Before serving, squeeze the garlic cloves from their skin and return to the dish.
Leftovers are delicious but sometimes a bit of a challenge to revitalise into an enticing dish to eat. New potatoes are literally bursting out of the ground at this time of the year and no doubt a few too many have been boiled at dinner time.
Potato salad is a great way to use up leftover potatoes with a little mayonnaise and some fresh chives. Omelettes and frittatas are the next best answer.
For this recipe, I had some leftover vegetables from a dinner the night previous but fresh ingredients will work great too. In the case of uncooked potatoes, steaming or baking in the microwave will speed things up a little for you.
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp plain/ Greek yoghurt
- 50ml milk
- 1 tsp coconut oil, solid
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 50g cooked leftover carrots
- 150g fresh spinach
- 4 medium-sized new potatoes, sliced
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
- 5 sundried tomatoes, sliced
- Whisk the garlic, eggs, yoghurt and milk together in a measuring jug until well combined.
- Preheat a grill oven.
- Melt the coconut oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat.
- Add the tomatoes and lightly get for a few minutes until the tomatoes soften. Roughly test the spinach with your hands and add to the tomatoes.
- Once the spinach begins to wilt, add the carrots, potatoes and rosemary. Stir to combine.
- Increase the heat to high and pour over the egg mixture. Sprinkle over the sundried tomatoes. Cook until the edges begin to harden and transfer to the grill oven. If the frying pan handle is plastic, wrap it in tinfoil to prevent it melting!!
- Allow the omelette to cook through under the grill for 5 minutes or until golden.
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