Boulengeres Potatoes

Boulengeres Potatoes – for six people

lb 8oz (1.15 kg) Desirée or Romano potatoes, peeled

½ oz (10 g) fresh rosemary or thyme or a mixture of both

2 medium onions, peeled

10 fl oz (275 ml) vegetable stock

5 fl oz (150 ml) milk

1½ oz (40 g) butter

Salt and freshly milled black pepper

An 11” ovenproof dish, buttered.

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C).

Begin by preparing the rosemary, which should be stripped from the stalks then bruised in a pestle and mortar.

After that, take two-thirds of the leaves and chop them finely. Now cut the onions in half and then the halves into the thinnest slices possible; the potatoes should be sliced, but not too thinly.

Next, arrange a layer of potatoes, then onions in the dish, followed by a scattering of rosemary, then season. Continue layering in this way, alternating the potatoes and onions and finishing with a layer of potatoes that slightly overlap.

Now mix the stock and milk together and pour it over the potatoes. Season the top layer, then scatter over the whole rosemary leaves. Now put little flecks of the butter all over the potatoes and place the dish on the highest shelf of the oven for 50-60 minutes, until the top is crisp and golden and the underneath is creamy and tender.