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    Jersey Royals Gratin with Bacon and Watercress

    Jersey Royal new potatoes are prized for their flavour. Try this one-pan supper dish, which is delicious served with warm bread and salad.

    • Gluten Free
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes
    • Total time: 55 minutes 55 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 250g pack Waitrose Dry Cure Smoked Back Bacon, roughly chopped
    • 250ml half fat crème fraîche
    • 150ml vegetable stock
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 750g Jersey Royal new potatoes, scrubbed and halved
    • 100g bag watercress, roughly chopped
    • 50g Gruyère, grated


    1. Place the bacon in a large, non-stick frying pan and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until browned.
    2. Add the crème fraîche to the pan, then stir in the stock and add the garlic. Bring to the boil. Add the potatoes, bring to a simmer then cover and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Remove the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to reduce the liquid slightly. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
    3. Remove from the heat and stir in the watercress. Pour into a warmed 1.5-litre ovenproof dish (or use the frying pan if the handle is heatproof) and top with the cheese. Place under a preheated hot grill and cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Serve with more watercress, some cucumber strips dressed with a little balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice, and some warmed bread to mop up the sauce.

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    Cook's tips

    This dish can be made a day ahead up to the end of Step 2. Cover and chill until required. Gently reheat in the pan until piping hot then continue from Step 3.


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