Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Postmodern Panacalty

I used:

  • 5 rashers of bacon, chopped
  • four medium potatoes
  • 8 medium plum tomatoes, peeled
  • cup of fresh, chopped basil
  • one large onion
  • olive oil
  • cracked black pepper

Method:

Fry the bacon for a few minutes in olive oil.

Slice the potatoes approx 1/8th" thick. Place half of them in a layer at the bottom of a roasting dish or large casserole. Slice the onion and put on top. Put in the tomatoes, slicing them down the middle if they're big. sprinkle on the basil, add the bacon, and finish off with another layer of sliced potatoes. Sprinkle on olive oil and pepper.

Cook on gas mark 6 for approximately 1 hour. (After which the potatoes and onions should be al dente; you could cook it for much longer and more slowly if you wanted to). DO NOT cover it: the top layer of potato should go crispy.

I used Kestrel potatoes, but main crop (King Edwards, for example) would have been better.

I should explain that Panacalty (there are many spelling variants) is a North East England dish. There are even more variants on what it should consist of, and in my experience every family has a different view. Really, therefore, it's a dialect word for "casserole" or "stew".