There are lots of things that make Northumberland great, not least our food! One of the most famous Northumberland dishes is panhaggerty, a casserole-type meal made with potato, onion and grated cheese and cooked in meat flavours. It is thought that panhaggerty may have originated in mining communities in the 1930s, and it is traditional that it is always served from the dish it was cooked in. It’s a simple dish to make, so be sure to give it a try!
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 250g/9oz streaky bacon
- 6 potatoes, thinly sliced into rounds
- 2 onions, peeled, sliced
- 5 carrots, peeled, sliced
- 500ml/17½fl oz chicken stock
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 150g/5oz cheddar cheese, grated
- crusty bread, to serve
- Heat the vegetable oil in a deep ovenproof pan. Fry the bacon for 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown and slightly crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
- In the same pan used to cook the bacon, arrange a layer of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the pan. Cover the potatoes with a layer of sliced onions, then a layer of sliced carrots. Layer over some of the crisp bacon, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Repeat the process with the remaining potatoes, onions, carrots and bacon, finishing with a layer of potatoes on top. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Pour in the chicken stock so that all of the ingredients are covered, then bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15-25 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
- Preheat the grill to high.
- Uncover the pan and sprinkle over the grated cheese. Grill for 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and golden-brown
- To serve, spoon the panhaggerty into bowls and serve with some crusty bread to mop up the juices.