Cranberry & camembert potato bake

Baked camembert and festive jam recipe with rosemary potatoes to scoop. This dish is a perfect sharer for friends and family to enjoy together.

This recipe was created by Emma Hatcher.

SEASON

Winter/Christmas

COMPLEXITY

Intermediate

PREPARATION TIME

60 minutes

COOKING TIME

1hr 20 minutes

SERVES

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the jam

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 red chillies, finely sliced, seeds removed (optional)
  • 250g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 30ml red wine vinegar
  • 40ml water
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the bake

  • 1.5kg even-sized fluffy potatoes (Maris Piper would work well for this)
  • 1 tablespoon butter for greasing the dish
  • 250ml double cream
  • 125ml milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 250g camembert

Method

1
To make the cranberry chilli jam, heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium-low heat. Add the ginger and chillies and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the chillies have softened. Add in the cranberries, sugars, red wine vinegar and water and season. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring and mashing often, until the cranberries have turned jammy and everything is combined and thickened. Spoon into a sterilised jar. Best eaten within a week.
2
To make the rosemary and camembert potato bake, preheat your oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, gas mark 4 and give the potatoes a scrub.
3
Using a mandoline, or sharp knife, slice the potatoes into very thin rounds. Grease a roughly 26cm round oven dish lightly with butter, then start placing the potatoes around the sides, overlapping them slightly as you go. Keep going, working your way into the centre of the dish. When you have a space roughly the size of your camembert left, place a similar size ovenproof dish, or ball of foil in its place. This will stop the potatoes from collapsing and make sure you still have room to place the camembert in the centre once ready. Tuck any remaining potato slices into any gaps you can see.
4
Pour the cream and milk over the potatoes and season well. Nestle the rosemary sprigs in between the potatoes, drizzle over a tablespoon of olive oil and bake for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender.
1
Remove the small dish or ball of foil and baste the potatoes with the cream mixture. Place camembert down in the centre (remove any packaging), cut a cross in the middle and drizzle the potatoes with the remaining olive oil. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C, 180°C fan, gas mark 6 and up and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is gloriously melted and gooey.
6
Spoon over some of the cranberry chilli jam and serve with the rest in a dish on the side.

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