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Monday 3 December 2012

Stilton, Spinach and Walnut Bake

One of the most fun opportunities which has come my way as a blogger has been the #BoothsCheers Twitter Party. As a #BoothsCheers VIP, every week for six weeks,  I receive a delivery of wines and beers from Booths Food, Wine and Grocery Stores

Then on a Wednesday night, between 7pm and 8pm, it's time to taste the wines and beers, give your views and suggestions for what to eat with the wines using the Twitter hash tag #BoothsCheers. Now we have had forewarning that one of the bottles that will be delivered this Wednesday is a bottle of Croft Indulgence, Finest Reserve Port.  So I thought I should get prepared with something suitable to eat while tasting it.

I rarely prepare meals from scratch during the week, if I did it would be far too late when we finally sat down to eat.  So I tend to prepare meals at the weekend and put them in the fridge or freezer, ready to be popped into the oven to heat through.  I also often make double, so we had this bake tonight (Sunday) and will have it again on Wednesday.

Anyway there is some very obvious word association going on here: Port > Stilton >Walnuts.  I did think about making a flan but in the end decided to make a bake instead.

Stilton, Spinach and Walnut Bake

4 large potatoes
240g pack of smoked, dry cured streaky bacon
4 spring onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
500g spinach

1/2 pint white sauce
1/4 tsp nutmeg
250g Stilton cheese
200g 0% fat Greek Yogurt
1 egg, beaten
75g breadcrumbs
50g chopped walnuts

1. Slice the potatoes, cover with a little boiling water and some clingfilm and blanch the potato slices in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Drain the water off and lay the potatoes in the base of an ovenproof casserole dish.
2.Chop the bacon into small pieces and dry fry in a large pan, turn down the heat slightly and add the onions and garlic.  Cook until softened. 
3. Add the spinach and put the lid on the pan, cook until the spinach has wilted.
4. Spread the mixture over the potatoes.
5. Crumble the Stilton and spread over the spinach mixture.

6. Make the white sauce add the nutmeg and season, but go easy on the salt as the cheese and bacon are both very salty.  Mix the egg with the yogurt and add to the white sauce, pour over the rest of the ingredients.
7. Cover the sauce with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the walnuts.
8. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 200C, remove foil and bake for a further 5 minutes to crisp the breadcrumbs without burning the walnuts.

Join me at the Twitter Party by following @BoothsCountry and tweeting with the hash tag #BoothsCheers on Wednesday night 7 - 8 pm, to find out how well my Stilton, Spinach and Walnut Bake goes with this week's special deals. Click through the link to find out more about the 12 Deals of Christmas, the Twitter Party and also the in-store tastings.

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At 3 December 2012 at 19:07 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I can't wait for this week as I love port and I also are St Emilion and I have a ham planned with port and raisin sauce. However, this looks absolutely lush! I would join you at the table for this, but instead, I will see you on Wednesday! Karen

At 4 December 2012 at 00:39 , Blogger Unknown said...

oh man I want to be there whilst you eat this and drink that beautiful bottle of port... love the combo you've got going on there Janice... loverly stuff!

At 4 December 2012 at 21:31 , Blogger Anne said...

Oooh love port!!

The bake looks delicious, all such lovely ingredients!

At 5 December 2012 at 03:38 , Blogger Brownieville Girl said...

Looks utterly delicious with or without the port (although given the option I'd always go with "with"!!)

At 6 December 2012 at 02:27 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

I absolutely adore stilton with bacon and walnuts - a winning combination. I'm a huge fan of Saint Emillion too. This Booth Twitter party sounds like such a fun idea :-)


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