This hearty supper dish is perfect for using up the odds and
ends in your fridge. You can replace the
greens with any variety of green cabbage and, if necessary, use cold cooked
potatoes from the night before. If using
cold potatoes, it will take slightly longer in the oven. Vegetarians can omit
the bacon. The recipe comes from my latest book
Simply Veg: A Modern Guide to Everyday Eating (see books page).
680g/1½ lb potatoes, peeled
650g/1lb 7oz spring greens, cleaned and roughly chopped
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
185g/6½oz back bacon, diced
1 large onion, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, finely diced
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
30g/1oz finely grated Parmesan + 3 tablespoons
salt and freshly ground black pepper
250g/9oz Taleggio, rind removed and diced
1 Preheat the oven to fan 200°C/gas 7 and
lightly oil a 5cm/2in deep gratin dish. Peel the potatoes and cut them into
2cm/¾in thick chunks. Place in a saucepan of cold unsalted water. Bring up to
the boil and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain into a colander.
2 Clean the spring greens, so that you are left
with their hearts. Roughly slice the
hearts. If using cabbage, cut off the outer leaves, wash and slice into chunks.
3 Set a non-stick frying pan over a medium high
heat. Add 3 tablespoons oil and, once
hot, add the bacon and fry for 3 minutes, or until the bacon begins to colour.
Reduce the heat to low and add the onion and garlic. Fry gently for 8 minutes, then add the
caraway seeds and continue to fry for a few minutes until the onion is soft and
4 Increase the heat and stir in the greens (or
cabbage) – you may need to add in two batches. Add a tiny bit of water, if
necessary, to prevent them from catching. As soon as they’ve wilted, mix in the
potatoes, followed by 30g/1oz Parmesan. Season to taste.
5 Spoon half the warm mixture into the bottom
of the oiled dish. Dot with half the diced
Taleggio cheese. Cover with the
remaining potato mixture and strew the top with the remaining Taleggio. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake immediately in the centre of the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the
vegetables are piping hot and the cheese is bubbling and flecked gold.