Ellen Bales


This is a traditional Northumberland dish which is also made in Ireland, sometimes called "farmhouse bake." Whatever its origins, it's just gotta be yummy with these ingredients!
Recipe: The Country Cooking of Ireland

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45 Min


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4 Tbsp
butter or bacon fat
4 to 5 slice
bacon, chopped
1 medium
onion, thinly sliced
4 or 5 medium
white potatoes, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
1 1/2 c
irish cheddar, grated (google to find a store that sells this)



  • 1Melt half the butter or bacon fat in a large oven-proof skillet, over low heat. Fry the bacon, stirring frequently for 10 to 15 minutes, until crispy. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  • 2Cook the onions in the same skillet for 6 to 8 minutes, until soft but not brown. Remove and add to the bacon, mixing them together.
  • 3Remove pan from heat and carefully lay a thin layer of potatoes on the bottom of the pan so that they completely cover the surface. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover with a layer of onions and bacon, about half of them, then a layer of cheese, about a third of it.
  • 4Add a layer of half the remaining potatoes and season lightly. Cover with all the remaining onions and bacon, then a layer of half the remaining cheese. Finish with a layer of the remaining potatoes and again season lightly.
  • 5Drizzle the remaining butter or bacon fat over the final layer of potatoes. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.
  • 6Remove from oven and top with the remaining cheese. Place under broiler for 3 to 4 minutes until the cheese has melted and begun to brown. Serve immediately.

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Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Pork
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: English
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #cheese, #onions, #bacon

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