Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Comfort eating in style! Pumpkin & potato gratin.

I have always been a comfort eater and without fail in times of trouble I always turn to food. It's a really bad habit to get into but there is something wonderful about the pleasure that food gives me. Today is a bit of a wet and dark old day so something warm and gooey was required for lunch. Dont worry I didn't eat the entire thing, there is a small bit leftover for later......

You will need;

2 shallots, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
350g pumpkin, peeled and sliced
350g potatoes, peeled and sliced
50g chorizo, chopped up
1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely sliced
250ml double cream
100g breadcrumbs
50g walnuts, chopped
Rapeseed oil

Drizzle some rapeseed oil into a large pan and fry the shallots until translucent.

Add the garlic, pumpkin, potatoes, chorizo and chilli and fry lightly until browned.

Transfer to an oven proof dish before pouring the double cream over the mixture.

Place in a preheated 180 degree oven until the potatoes and pumpkins are soft and the cream is bubbling.

In the meantime drizzle a small amount of rapeseed oil onto the pan and add the breadcrumbs and walnuts and fry until golden.

Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the gratin before serving.

So there you have it, comfort food ready to be eaten in a matter of minutes!

I served this with some gorgeous crispy kale that I trimmed, drizzled with oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper and placed in oven to crispen up. simply delicious!

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