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Ben and Mike make a festive recipe featuring some of Mike's least favorite ingredients!

Brussels, Bacon, and Chestnut Potato Bake


  • 2 white onions

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 250 grams smoked streaky bacon

  • 150 grams shelled chestnuts

  • 800 grams baby new potatoes

  • 200 grams brussel sprouts

  • 50 grams blue cheese, grated

  • 300 milliliters double cream

  • 1 chunk Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 1 handful breadcrumbs

  • 2 sprigs parsley

  • 1 handful peas to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

  2. Quarter the new potatoes, skin still on, and add to a frying pan to sauté for 10 minutes until golden and partially cooked through.

  3. Peel and slice the onions, then fry in another pan with the oil for a few minutes. Take the leaves off the thyme and chop, adding to the cooking onions.

  4. Cut the bacon into strips and tip into the pan as well for a minute or two.

  5. Peel the outer leaves off of the brussel sprouts and wash well. Grate the brussels using a food processor or slice thinly by hand. Hack the chestnut up into pieces.

  6. Scatter all the prepared ingredients and crumbled blue cheese into a large roasting dish.

  7. Splash in a little water then pour over the cream to almost cover the potatoes.

  8. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and grated cheese and put into the oven for 20-25 minutes until it is golden on top and the potatoes are cooked, then sprinkle with parsley and serve with some simple steaming peas.

Brussels, Bacon, and Chestnut Potato Bake




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- Today Ben and I have made a potato winter bake. I've given him quite a hard time about it but it looks fantastic. This is Ben, Jaime, Barry and Mike. - Don't mind me. - We are old school mates. And together the faces of Sorted. An online cooking community with one aim. To get more of our generation into the kitchen. In each episode one of us attempts to impress the group with a great tasting recipe. And we talk food at the table. Can we tuck in? - Could you offer a more interesting drink? This is water. - [Voiceover] Let's do it! - [Voiceover] What's it got in it Mike? - [Mike] It's got bacon. It's got blue cheese in it. It's got onion. It's got... Potatoes. - Potatoes. Don't come - It's got brussels sprouts in it. - What's sprouts? - I was looking forward to this dish until Ben brought the brussels sprouts. And then the blue cheese. - The best bits. The festive flavors. A bowl of brussels sprouts. We're gonna shred those nice and fine. Either the knife or the grater. Or through a slicing machine or a food processor. And then blue cheese. We'll crumble that so we've got it ready for later on. - You have that most of them are gonna moan big time about brussels sprouts and about blue cheese. - I'm not convinced. I think together with smoky bacon, sweet onions, potatoes, and cream. I think it all comes together really nicely. - No I hope you're right. To be fair to Ben, I've given him a hard time about this. And I told him it's probably gonna taste like toilet because he started adding most of the ingredients that I don't like. - Well - However. - I'm really looking forward - It smells amazing. - to it now Mike - [Voiceover] Well there's only one way to find out. - [Voiceover] If it tastes like toilet. - [Voiceover] If it tastes like toilet. - [Voiceover] It does smell really nice actually Mike. - Thank you. - [Voiceover] Help serve some peas. - [Voiceover] You jammed them in there - [Voiceover] Oh this is just lovely. - I don't know what Mike's talking about. This is really nice. - That's what I said from the offset it's delicious. It was setup to be amazing and it is. - [Voiceover] It hit the spot. - [Voiceover] Yeah. - [Voiceover] I've never seen these in them. - So it looks amazing. It tastes amazing. - Nah it's good. - But how did you get that? Potatoes we need to scrub half. And then fry them off in a little bit of oil. Just a pinch of salt and pepper. And that'll take about 10 minutes. For the base flavors we've got onion, thyme and bacon. Chop it all up nice and small. - Just uh don't mind me. - What the hell are you doing? - [Voiceover] Making coffees for camera men. - Oh you need breathing air. Nah God did he see the bacon? What if he saw the bacon? - And what were the festive things you put in there? - We put the brussels sprouts in a shredder. Shredded them up. We stuck some chestnuts. We done this making bacon. And anyone taste the blue cheese? - [Voiceover] Is it blue? I thought it was red. - Huh? - I thought it was red cheese. - [Voiceover] He's color blind. You sound like you're color blind. No that's a possibility. - [Voiceover] Now for the mixing stage. We're gonna take our saute potatoes, our bacon and onion mix, chestnuts, blue cheese, brussels sprouts. Mix it all together in one oven-proof dish. Poor over some cream. - And this is finished off with some bread crumbs and parmesan on top. Oh! You're seriously are gonna scrape parmesan on that. - Don't you like parmesan? - You might as well leave that on the table. Get them to scrape the heel of their foot on it. - It shouldn't work. - [Voiceover] Right. - Cause brussels sprouts. - [Voiceover] Yep. - Parmesan. - [Voiceover] Yep. - And blue cheese all smell of feet. - So how is that good? - I don't know. It doesn't smell like feet. Or it smells like feet that have been freshly washed. - [Voiceover] Creamy feet with smoky bacon. - I'm glad I'm already eating it. Cause if you gave me that description before we tucked in. - [Voiceover] Yeah. - So where does that leave the major catapults is won? - It wasn't actually. Manyare No I didn't have much to do. - After all I'd say that was a complete success. - Thank you. - Congratulations - You put some fluff on your face. - That's his beard.

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