Helen Browning's comforting potato bake

Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, shares her favourite simple supper.

"This is my fall-back simple supper, it's great if there isn't much in the fridge or you get home late. You can basically use anything with this; potatoes are such amazing food, great value with a low carbon footprint too, and so just experiment with flavours. I often make it pretty spicy with chili, or (confession of the century, some hot or garlic Nandos sauce!). I prefer the garlic to go in raw, to give a stronger flavour, probably better for you too. . . but it’s maybe more sociable to cook it.

"You can alter the amount of butter and cheese, depending on whether you are looking for more or less calories, but I do think that a feta cheese works best, with maybe a dollop of cottage cheese to add a bit more low fat protein. You can of course serve with meat, some ham chopped in is great, or a pork chop on the side. . . but the point of this for me is that it’s cheap, healthy and quick, and a complete meal in one dish, to be eaten with a fork from a bowl. So take the idea and play with it."

Helen Browning's potato bakeIngredients

Serves 4

  • 750g of seasonal organic potatoes (the new potatoes in my weekly box are wonderful at the moment)
  • 300-400 g of organic greens such as kale, spinach, sprouting broccoli, cabbage or leeks
  • Fresh herbs such as chives or lemon thyme
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp organic olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 30g of organic butter
  • 85g of cheese such as feta, goats cheese, blue cheese or cheddar


  1. Boil the potatoes, skin on in salted water until soft
  2. Slice the onions, puree or chop the garlic and fry over a low heat in oil until translucent
  3. Shred the greens and wilt in the onion pan for 1-2 mins until just cooked, add a knob of butter and season
  4. Drain the potatoes and crush into bite size pieces with a fork, adding more butter if you want
  5. Add to the pan and stir in the greens, keep on the heat as you mix it all up, and crumble in the feta/cheese/herbs or whatever
  6. 30 seconds of mixing, and it’s ready to eat. Serve in a bowl with anything else you fancy. 

Helen is Chief Executive of the Soil Association, and also is an organic farmer - she runs a 1,350 acre organic livestock and arable farm in Wiltshire - see Helen Browning's Organic for more.



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