Welsh Five-Minute Potatoes

Welsh Five-minute Potatoes Recipe

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Vickie Parks


In Wales, it's called 'Tatws Pum Munud' which translates to "five minute potatoes", though that's a bit deceptive because it actually takes 25 minutes minimum to prepare. Everyone has their favorite version, so there are dozens of variations of this recipe. Traditionally it was a stew-like main dish served on a plate (rather than in bowls) with a loaf of bread and plenty of butter. But more recently, it's served as a hearty potato side dish that's especially popular during winter months. In Wales, it's typically served with Worcestershire sauce at the table, for an optional flavor boost.


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15 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 6 slices
    thick bacon, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 2 small
    onions, halved and cut into thin rings
  • 10 baby
    potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 cups
    low-sodium beef stock (700ml)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • ·
    worcestershire sauce, to serve (optional)

How to Make Welsh Five-Minute Potatoes


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and onion rings, and cook about 6 to 7 minutes until the bacon is lightly browned and the onions are soft.
  2. Layer the potato slices over the bacon and onions, and don't worry if the skillet seems crowded as the potatoes will reduce a bit after cooking a bit. Add stock to the skillet, and simmer until the potatoes are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and cooked through, stirring frequently to blend all the ingredients.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with bread on the side.
  5. Optional: A sprinkle or two of Worcestershire sauce can be floated on top of each serving, for added flavor.

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About Welsh Five-Minute Potatoes

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: UK/Ireland

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