Helen Browning's comforting potato bake
Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, shares her favourite simple supper.
"This is my fall-back simple supper, it's great if there isn't much in the fridge or you get home late. You can basically use anything with this; potatoes are such amazing food, great value with a low carbon footprint too, and so just experiment with flavours. I often make it pretty spicy with chili, or (confession of the century, some hot or garlic Nandos sauce!). I prefer the garlic to go in raw, to give a stronger flavour, probably better for you too. . . but it’s maybe more sociable to cook it.
"You can alter the amount of butter and cheese, depending on whether you are looking for more or less calories, but I do think that a feta cheese works best, with maybe a dollop of cottage cheese to add a bit more low fat protein. You can of course serve with meat, some ham chopped in is great, or a pork chop on the side. . . but the point of this for me is that it’s cheap, healthy and quick, and a complete meal in one dish, to be eaten with a fork from a bowl. So take the idea and play with it."
- 750g of seasonal organic potatoes (the new potatoes in my weekly box are wonderful at the moment)
- 300-400 g of organic greens such as kale, spinach, sprouting broccoli, cabbage or leeks
- Fresh herbs such as chives or lemon thyme
- Two cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp organic olive oil
- Sea salt
- 30g of organic butter
- 85g of cheese such as feta, goats cheese, blue cheese or cheddar
- Boil the potatoes, skin on in salted water until soft
- Slice the onions, puree or chop the garlic and fry over a low heat in oil until translucent
- Shred the greens and wilt in the onion pan for 1-2 mins until just cooked, add a knob of butter and season
- Drain the potatoes and crush into bite size pieces with a fork, adding more butter if you want
- Add to the pan and stir in the greens, keep on the heat as you mix it all up, and crumble in the feta/cheese/herbs or whatever
- 30 seconds of mixing, and it’s ready to eat. Serve in a bowl with anything else you fancy.
Helen is Chief Executive of the Soil Association, and also is an organic farmer - she runs a 1,350 acre organic livestock and arable farm in Wiltshire - see Helen Browning's Organic for more.