This delicious savoury German potato bake makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes.
Potthucke originated in the Sauerland region of Westphalia in Germany, and was originally considered a ‘poor man’s dish’. It is made with both cooked and raw potatoes, combined with onions and bacon, and covered with a mixture of eggs and cream before being baked in the oven.
The ultimate alternative way to prepare potatoes
If you are looking or an alternative way to prepare potatoes, then look no further! Imagine a creamy mouthful of potato, laden with onions and bacon, alongside a juicy steak. Or why not fry slices until golden brown and crispy on both sides and serve as an alternative to hash browns for breakfast. This is such a versatile dish, you can eat it with practically anything.
Potthucke is so easy and versatile – you can even make it from leftovers!
Potthucke is made by combining cooked, mashed potato (use leftovers if you have any) with grated raw potato, usually in the ratio of 4 : 1.
You then add fried onions and diced bacon (or leftover sausages), cover it with a mixture of eggs and cream and bake in the oven until golden brown.
For an even better taste, why not sprinkle with grated cheese before baking.
You can even make it into a complete lunch dish by adding grated raw carrots or chopped broccoli (or both!) to the mixture
- 4 cups mashed potato Use leftovers, or make fresh
- 1 cup grated potato Squeeze the moisture out before mixing
- 2 medium onions finely chopped
- 250 g (1/4 pound) bacon chopped (or substitute with left over sausages)
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 125 ml (half a cup) single cream
- salt to taste
- Pinch nutmeg optional
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F or gas mark 6)
- Line a suitable sized loaf tin with baking paper. The paper ensures the potatoes don't stick in the pan.
- Fry the bacon and onion gently until the onion is translucent and the bacon is cooked.
- Mix the bacon/onion mixture with the mashed and grated potatoes in a large bowl.
- Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
- Beat the egg, combine with the cream and add to the mixture. The mixture will be quite wet - don't worry it will set in the oven.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese
- Place the tin in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes. The loaf will be cooked when it is golden brown and firm to the touch.
- Add grated raw carrots or chopped broccoli to the mixture along with the onions and bacon.
- For a crispy topping, you could cover with bacon rashers before cooking.