Saturday 13 September 2014

Madhouse recipe : Hairy Bikers' Pan Haggerty

While idling flicking through my Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook - Mum Knows Best which is my usual go-to recipe book when I'm looking for inspiration, I stumbled across this recipe for Pan Haggerty. I'd vaguely heard of it but had no idea what it was so I was pleased to see that it uses nothing but store-cupboard staples. It was traditionally a dish from the coalfields of northeast England apparently and is a great one-pan supper.

Pan Haggerty

ingredients :

1tbsp vegetable oil
250g streaky bacon
6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
2 onions, peeled and sliced
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
500ml chicken stock
150g Cheddar cheese, grated

A high-sided frying pan is best for making this. Fry the bacon and set aside, leaving the fat and juices in the pan.

Place a layer of potatoes over the bottom of the pan, followed by a layer of onion, then a layer of carrot, then a layer of bacon rashers. Repeat the layers, finishing with a layer of potatoes.

Pour on the chicken stock and cover with a lid or with foil. Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Uncover the pan, top with grated cheese and place under a preheated grill until bubbling and golden.

I wasn't entrirely convinced about the carrots in the recipe but this is absolutely lovely and I wouldn't change a thing. Definitely one I'll be making again.

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Madhouse recipe : Marrow & Macaroni Carbonara Bake


  1. This looks like something that would go down well in our house, love the fact that it has some carrots in it - a lot of these pan-type dishes don't have any veg in them.
    Great recipe for students too

  2. Replies
    1. ooh I might have to try that version too - Juliette loves leeks ! :)

  3. Love all the hairy bikers recipes

  4. has anyone found there is a lot of liquid left in this when it is made?

    1. I didn't have much but it probably depends on the bacon you use - maybe reduce the quantity of stock, if it's too wet ?

  5. Try chopped up ham or unsalted gammon / bacon bits much nicer

    1. Aha, sounds like a great idea. In fact this would be the perfect way to use up the leftovers from a gammon joint :)


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