Baked potato gratin with cheese and onions

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This combination of potatoes, fried onions, cheese and butter is amazing and real comfort food. I’ve followed Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s recipe.

“Pan Haggerty

The Northumberland take on the delicious combination of potatoes, onions and cheese. Rich and buttery, I like it with a crisp, green salad and some simply cooked pulses. Serves six as a side dish.

50g butter
2 onions, thinly sliced
500g fairly firm-fleshed maincrop potatoes such as maris piper
80g mature cheddar, grated
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Melt half the butter in a 20-25cm ovenproof frying pan over a medium-low heat and fry the onions for about 15 minutes, until soft and golden. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and slice them very thinly (use a mandolin or the slicing side of a box cheese grater).

Set aside a good pinch of the cheese – about 10g. Scoop the onions out of the pan. Layer a third of the sliced potatoes into the still-buttery pan, then add half the onions and half the cheese. Season well. Repeat the layers, then finish with a final layer of potatoes. Dot the remaining butter and the reserved cheese over the top and season. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender all the way through and the top is golden. Serve piping hot.”

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