For the garlic butter sauce

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp white wine
  • 85g butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ tsp thyme leaves


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line a baking tray with buttered baking parchment. Butter 6 x 10cm metal rings (2-3cm deep) and place on the tray. Melt the 50g butter with the stock, bubble briefly, then add the chopped herbs and a little pepper. Set aside for a few mins to infuse.

  • STEP 2

    Place one-third of the potatoes in a couple of overlapping layers to cover the base of the rings. Brush with some of the butter mix, scatter over half the shallots and chilli, brush with a little more butter, then season. Continue layering and buttering, pressing down gently as you go. Finish with a layer of potatoes and a final brushing of butter. Cover loosely with foil, bake for 20 mins, remove the foil, then bake a further 25 mins or until the potatoes are tender and golden.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, tip the squash in a single layer into a roasting tin and toss with 2 tbsp oil, a few thyme and rosemary sprigs and black pepper. Roast with the potatoes for the final 20-25 mins until soft and starting to brown.

  • STEP 4

    Make the sauce: simmer the shallot, garlic and sage with the vinegar and wine until the pan is almost dry (you should have about 1 tsp liquid left). Immediately add the butter, a piece at a time, over a low heat, stirring as you go until you have a creamy sauce. Sieve into a small pan and thin with about 1 tbsp of warm water, so it is a pouring consistency. Throw in a few thyme leaves and set aside.

  • STEP 5

    When ready to serve, heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. When hot, add the sliced mushrooms. Fry for 1-2 mins until golden on both sides, turning once only. Season with salt and pepper.

  • STEP 6

    Heat the grill to high and remove the rings from the potatoes. Lay the mushrooms on top of the potatoes, then lay 2 overlapping slices of cheese on each. Grill until the cheese has just melted. Top with a pile of squash and a scattering of fried sage leaves, then gently lift onto hot plates. Briefly reheat the sauce and drizzle a little around each serving.


For the fried sage leaves, heat about 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a small pan. Add the sage and fry for just a few seconds, then remove and drain well on kitchen paper.


To make one big bake, layer the potatoes in a buttered 23cm/9in round loose-bottom cake tin, then bake as before. Cut into 6 wedges, topped with the mushrooms, cheese and squash.


If making ahead, prepare and cook everything as above and keep separate. You can do this in the morning. When ready to serve, stack the mushrooms and cheese on the potatoes as in step 6. Keep the squash on a separate tray. Reheat everything at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for 12-15 mins. Pile the reheated squash on top and garnish with fried sage leaves.

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