The 17th March is St Patrick’s Day, so we thought we’d take a look at an Irish favourite. The simple Baked Potato. We have prepared this dish with a modern twist on a humble and fulfilling dish. Enjoy this dish as a light meal, a quick lunch and can be served with a succulent steak or a simple salad.
Baked Potato with Creamy Mushrooms, Garlic and Bacon | St Patricks Day Special |
Really Easy dish which is great as a snack, a main with salad or as a side dish with a juicy steak
- 6 large floury potatoes, washed and dried
- coarse salt
- olive oil
- 250 g streaky bacon
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) butter
- 250 g brown mushrooms, sliced
- 4 cloves black garlic, chopped (fermented soft garlic)
- 1 tsp (5 ml) dried rosemary
- 250 ml cream
- freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
- micro rocket leaves
Preheat the oven to 200 °C.
Sprinkle coarse salt onto a baking tray.
Use a fork to prick a few holes in each potato.
Rub with olive oil and place onto the salted baking tray and sprinkle with additional salt.
Place in the oven to bake for approximately one hour.
Place the bacon rashers onto a roasting rack and roast in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until crispy.
Allow the bacon to cool and then put approximately three quarters of it into a food processor and blitz to make bacon crumbs.
Heat the butter in a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan.
Add the mushrooms, garlic and rosemary and fry until softened and fragrant. Season to taste.
Add the cream and simmer for a further 15 minutes, or until reduced into a creamy sauce.
Cut a cross into each baked potato and using two hands, squash to expose the flesh.
Top with a generous amount of creamed mushrooms.
Sprinkle with bacon crumbs and top each one with a shard of remaining crispy bacon.
Sprinkle with micro rocket leaves and serve immediately!
If you cannot find black garlic the easily available which garlic would suffice.
Baked Potato is so Versatile
If you like a barbecue you can prepare this dish in advance. Just pope into the oven 10 minutes before your meat is cooked.
There are so many uses and Baked Potato is a great way to feed a growing family.
As its St Patricks day it has to be a good old fashioned pint of enjoy a Guinness pint with your Baked Potato. Sláinte! However, we discovered Black Isle Brewery Scotch Ale which is a great accompaniment for this potato dish. This is a full-bodied ruby ale with a rich, malty backbone. Available from Naked Wines.