Smoked Bacon with Spiced Garlic Potatoes

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The Cook's Companion: A step-by-step guide to cooking skills including original recipes

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1991

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This is a simple but delicious dish. The smoky taste and succulence of a Tendersweet bacon joint permeates the potatoes which cook underneath it in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, cumin and mace, with onion and tomato to make a rich juice. Only a simple green vegetable, such as steamed cabbage, is needed as an accompaniment.


  • 750 g1 kg (1½-2 lb) firm-textured potatoes, scrubbed but unpeeled
  • 4


Cut the potatoes into 1 cm (½ in) thick slices and lay them in the bottom of a large, deep casserole dish. Add three-quarters of the chopped garlic, 2