This is a recipe that my mum sent me to university with. I bonded with my fellow students over vats of this cooked on a Baby Belling cooker in my only saucepan. I now cook it for my children and hope that I will have a collection of recipes to pass on to them when they are grown up.
Chop the swede, onion and potato into small pieces. The swede will take a bit longer to cook than the potatoes so cut it a bit smaller. Place in a large saucepan. Cover with boiling water and simmer until tender.
Meanwhile, fry the bacon until crisp then drain on kitchen paper and snip into small pieces with kitchen scissors when cool enough to handle.
Drain and mash the vegetables. Add half of the grated cheese, some butter and milk, and salt and pepper. You want a rough textured mash. Stir through the bacon.
Tip the mash into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle over the remainder of the cheese and dot with butter.
Bake at 200c for approximately 20 minutes, until golden and bubbling on top.
Serve with baked beans.
To vary the recipe, add different types of cheese, carrots, leftover sausages or ham to the mash. Spring onions finely chopped and stirred in before baking are great too.
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