SW recipe: Potato and smoky bacon gratin

EVERYDAY EASY
Serves 4
Free
Ready in 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

For the gratin:

800ml chicken stock

800g floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper or King Edward, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds

4 large parsnips, peeled and cut into 1cm-thick rounds

Low-calorie cooking spray

1 onion, finely sliced

200g smoked back bacon rashers, visible fat removed, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ tsp celery salt

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped

For the salad:

3 baby gem lettuces, leaves roughly torn

250g green beans, trimmed

4 spring onions, sliced

Juice of 1 lemon

Method

1 Preheat your oven to 210°C/fan 190°C/gas 7. Pour the stock into a large, shallow, flameproof casserole dish and bring to the boil on the hob. Add the potatoes and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the parsnips and cook for a further 5 minutes until both are almost tender.

2 Meanwhile, spray a medium, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the onion and bacon, and fry for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the bacon has started to colour. Add the garlic, fry for 1 minute, then add everything to the casserole dish. Stir well, then pull some potato slices to the top with a fork to give you an even layer of potatoes. Sprinkle over the celery salt and rosemary, and bake for 55-60 minutes until the potatoes are tender and golden.

3 Just before serving, mix together all the salad ingredients. To serve, spoon the gratin onto plates with the salad.

 

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Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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