Oakhill Potatoes and homemade chicken stock

Oakhill potatoes
Oakhill potatoes

Tonight I can’t resist repeatjng myself for this potato casserole mainly because it’s our favourite. If the Thermomix could only make stock and white (bechemal) sauce alone. I think I would have been tempted to buy it. With a sick teenager at home, there’s nothing better than homemade chicken stock made into a broth. You just know it’s “gotta be good” when the only ingredients are chicken, celery, carrots onions and herbs. Freshly made today, the broth is just the a tablespoon of  chicken stock  paste with 500 ml of water, chucked in some spinach and courgettes and poured over some precooked noodles. Chicken noodle soup ready in minutes with the freshest of ingredients.

With temperatures in the single digits, we all felt like a bit if comfort food so out rolls the Oakhill Potato recipe. Everything  is easily done in the Thermomix. Steamed potatoes and eggs in Varoma.  Then sautéed onion and bacon in TM bowl. Only a quick rinse of the bowl before making one step bechemal sauce (note the sauce may appear too watery at first but thickens on cooling) . Assembled in baking dish topped with breadcrumbs and cheese both grated in the Thermomix. There’s nothing more comforting than onion, potatoes, bacon, milk, cheese  and eggs. Served with a Beetroot salad and some tossed greens. For detailed adapted recipe, search this blog for the earlier post on Oakhill Potatoes.

Oakhill Potatoes

Oakhill potatoes
Oakhill potatoes

Oakhill Potatoes ( potato casserole)  is the family’s  most requested comfort food and we all love it. A golden oldie, it’s an Alison Holst recipe which was taught in cooking class at intermediate school and been made ever since. Only usually made for BBQ’s or parties because it was so time consuming but not now with the thermomix.   Converted for the thermomix it’s now very simple,  steam potatoes and eggs using thermomix, cut and sauté onions and bacon using thermomix, make white sauce with guided bechemal recipe in the thermomix. Assemble the three elements and bake. No need to stand by stove boiling eggs and potatoes or frying the onion and bacon. White sauce ( bechemal sauce ) is a made  in 11 minutes by the thernomix, cheese grated with thermomix, slices of bread blitzed with thermomix to make crumb.

Oakhill Potatoes recipe 

serves 4-6 people

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 rashers bacon roughly cut into pieces
  • 1 medium onion halved
  • 2 cups white sauce ( bechemal sauce )
  • 1/2 cup grated tasty cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  1. Cube potatoes into 1-2cm pieces, place in steamer basket, place eggs in Varoma tray. Add 1.2 ltrs boiling water to TM bowl.   Insert steamer basket and Varoma tray on top, cook 15 mins, Varoma temp, sp 3.  Set aside potatoes and eggs.
  2. Add bacon and onion to TM bowl , chop 3 sec, speed 5. Add 20g oil and  cook 3 minutes, Varoma temp, reverse sp stir . Mix bacon and onion into white sauce. Set aside.
  3. Make white sauce using the guided recipe for bechemal sauce. Use one step method 11 mins, 70C, speed 4.  Set aside
  4. Arrange potatoes, sliced egg, white sauce mixture in baking dish, top with grated cheese and breadcrumbs.
  5. Bake 180c  30- 40 minutes.

Can refrigerate for up to 24 hours or bake immediately. To my daughters, you might want to double the recipe and make two because one is usually wolfed down so quickly!!