Welsh onion cake with caerphilly
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 6
Take this Welsh classic to the next level by adding sharp, salty cheese and sweet leeks. It’s the perfect dish for St David’s Day or an easy family dinner
- 200g butter , plus extra for the tin
- drizzle of oil
- 3 large onions , thinly sliced
- 1 leek , sliced
- 1kg floury potatoes , such as Maris Piper or Désirée, peeled and thinly sliced (use a mandoline or the fine slicing blade of a food processor)
- 150g Caerphilly cheese, crumbled (or another sharp, crumbly cheese)
- STEP 1
In a large pan, heat a knob of the butter with a drizzle of oil. Once the butter is foaming, add the onions, leek and some seasoning and cook for 15 mins until the onions are soft and sticky, stirring occasionally. Butter a 22cm cake tin or baking dish (alternatively, you can assemble the cake in the pan you’re already using if it’s ovenproof).
- STEP 2
In a separate pan, melt the remaining butter. Toss the sliced potatoes with the melted butter and plenty of seasoning. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
- STEP 3
Arrange the potato slices over the base of the dish in a spiral or in concentric circles. Top with some of the onion mix, sprinkle over a layer of cheese and continue layering, finishing with a final round of potato slices. Press down firmly with your hands to compact the layers. Bake for 45-50 mins until the potatoes are golden brown and tender; cover with foil if the cake starts to take on too much colour. Turn out onto a plate to serve.