Things I have been cooking lately #52: Boston Bake

This is a bit of a different one since it doesn’t exactly have any specific ingredients. It’s more about using up the leftovers in your fridge. The first time I tried it is sounded bizarre but it turned out to be delicious and has become a bit of a Sunday night staple in the Osbiston household. I have no idea where the name came from.

Boston Bake

3 or 4 medium cooked potatoes, sliced into 5mm slices – you can use leftover roast or boiled potatoes or slice up raw potatoes and boil them for 10 minutes in salted water. No need to peel.

2 slices of bread – any bread is fine, white, brown, seeded, foccacia – just whatever you have. Doesn’t matter if it’s a bit stale.

Leftover veg e.g. onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes

A couple of cloves of garlic

1 tin of baked beans

A couple of handfuls of grated cheese – again any cheese will do – mozzarella, cheddar, gouda, a bit of Parmesan – whatever you have, feel free to mix

Black pepper

Dried or fresh herbs of your choice

Preheat your oven to 180 C. Spread the potato slices across the bottom of a large baking tray in one or two layers. Press it down a bit to fill any gaps between the slices.

Put your bread in the blender to make crumbs and then put the crumbs in a bowl. If your leftover veg is not cooked yet, quickly chop it up, pop it in a frying pan and fry it off a bit with your garlic. If you have any bacon or a leftover sausage lying around, chop that up and chuck that in too. Stir the veg mix in with the bread. Add some black pepper and whatever herbs you fancy, a little bit of the cheese and mix well. Layer the bread mixture over the potato.

Layer the beans over the bread mixture and then top with cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes and then finish under the grill for a couple of minutes to brown.

Serves 4 – 6

Excuse the picture but it’s quite hard to take a pretty pic of something so rustic. Don’t let it fool you though, this really does make a great meal.

Boston Bake


1 Comment

  1. Even if it’s not a pretty-looking dish, it sounds delicious!

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