I know this sounds shocking but trust me. It’s not fine dining but rates pretty highly on my comfort food dishes and not just because my granny used to make it. Another plus is that it is super easy and kids love it. It is loaded with protein and if served with a salad a perfectly balanced meal.
4 large firm baking potatoes
4 Tbsp flour
1 stock cube (veg or chicken)
½ a cup of milk
2 cans of baked beans
4 Tbsp of good tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
½ a pack of streaky bacon or grated cheese
Peel the potatoes and boil them whole. While they are boiling in a sauce pan, mealt the butter, remove the pot from the heat and add the flour and stock cube. With a whisk, stir this until it form a loose paste. Place the pot on the heat again and fry the paste for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the flour. When the paste is smooth, place the pot back on the heat and whisk until this forms a stiff paste. If this happens too quickly and is becoming lumpy, remove it from the heat and whisk until it has settled. Once the paste has formed a thick sticky ball add the baked beans and tomato sauce and stir until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and set aside until the potatoes have cooked. Test the potatoes with a knife a sharp knife, drain and rinse once just done. Slice the potato into thick slices, about 1 cm thick, and layer them on top of the beans.
Top this with the bacon or the grated cheese. Grill in the oven until the bacon is crispy or the cheese in bubbling and browning slightly.
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