Fridge Foraging – Potato and Bacon Gratin – Frugal Food

After my sorting out and meal planning yesterday, I wanted to use up some of those bit nearing end of life ๐Ÿ˜‡


I am making a Potato and Bacon Gratin – or Bake, however you like to say it it’s using up some spud and leftover bits of bacon, as well as a good few onions.


I start by generously buttering an ovenproof dish and preheating the oven to 180.


I finely slice 4 medium onions, and shred the bacon and the one gammon steak I have left in the fridge.ย Then I am finely slicing 4 large baking potatoes.


Layer these 3 ingredients up, sprinkling thyme leaves (if you like it), a bit of crushed garlic and some black pepper between the layers


go easy if you are adding salt, the bacon is pretty salty.


Finish with a layer of potatoes and add a pint or so of chicken stock, this should come upto the top of the layers.



Cover in foil, and pop into the oven for an hour, remove the foil and sprinkle with grated strong cheddar cheese.

*Tip – Grate your cheese and pop into an air tight bag or box – goes much further than slicing – I freeze half and use from frozen as long as it’s not for a sandwich you are going to eat straight away, it’s fine ๐Ÿ˜‡


Pop back into the oven for another 20/30 minutes till golden brown and bubbling.


I am serving with Rocket leaves and a few cherry tomatoes – use whatever you have.

Cheap, cheerful and tasty ๐Ÿ‘

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Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

5 thoughts on “Fridge Foraging – Potato and Bacon Gratin – Frugal Food”

  1. Oh this brings back memories! I used to make it without the cheese, to an old Floyd on France recipe. My younger son requested the recipe when he moved out, and now makes it regularly for his wife & friends. We tend not to eat carb-heavy too often, so haven’t made it for years but think it might have to appear when I harvest the first Rooster spuds :).
    You’re right about planning around harvesting, but we have a separate freezer for the plot veg and fruit gluts tend to get made into wine, jams or beer ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. It was lush, but as you say very carby used up those dodgy spuds though ๐Ÿค— The mention of wine, beer, ooh and jams have peeked my interest in getting into the garden and sorting the veg plots for next year – we do have a bramley tree which we keep saying we would try out for cider ๐Ÿ˜œthey may be a bit too sweet still for that


      1. Apple wine…much easier than cider, no need to press and very tasty! PM me for the detail ๐Ÿ˜‰ Don’t forget if you have freezer space you can make wine or jam from frozen fruit too.

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