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Swede and Bacon Gratin


Swede is often ignored for recipes and just served on the side mashed. But I made this recipe for Valentine's dinner and it was delicious. I served it with crusty homemade bread and salad.

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  • 350g swede
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 300ml milk
  • 30g margarine
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 rashers smoked bacon
  • A handful of grated cheddar cheese


servings 2
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 30mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Peel the swede and dice into approx 1-2cm pieces.
Peel the garlic and push through a garlic press or finely chop.

Step 2

Swede and Bacon Gratin - Step 2

Put the diced swede into a bowl and cover with boiling water for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Swede and Bacon Gratin - Step 3

Grill the bacon until crisp and cut into small pieces.

Step 4

Swede and Bacon Gratin - Step 4

Drain the swede and put into a saucepan with the milk and garlic.
Bring to the boil and cook over a fairly gentle heat for about 10 minutes until tender.

Step 5

Swede and Bacon Gratin - Step 5

Lift the swede out of the milk with a slotted spoon and place in an ovenproof dish with the bacon.
Leave the garlic in the saucepan.

Step 6

Whisk the margarine and flour into the milk. Whisk it quite vigorously to avoid lumps, and bring back to the boil to thicken.
Season with salt and pepper.

Step 7

Swede and Bacon Gratin - Step 7

Pour the sauce over the swede and bacon.

Step 8

Swede and Bacon Gratin - Step 8

Mix around to coat everything with the sauce, then top with the grated cheese.

Step 9

Swede and Bacon Gratin - Step 9

Cook in a preheated oven at 200 degrees centigrade, 180 fan for 20 to 30 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
Serve and enjoy.

Could be served as a side dish either. For vegetarians, substitute the bacon with onion.

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