Main meals

Potato, bacon and onion hotpot

Serves 4-6

A hotpot recipe is the ideal winter warmer for all the family. It’s perfect for serving up after a chilly day spent in the great outdoors.

Our hotpot recipe features a generous helping of good-quality bacon. When choosing your meat, always opt for high welfare, grass-fed, organic meat if you can. Taking the time to choose your meat carefully is one way to ensure you’re enjoying good quality food. Eating organic, free-range meat helps ensure the meat you’re eating is more likely to be free from antibiotics and their residues, which are often used in intensively farmed pork and poultry.

Serve this hotpot recipe alongside some seasonal green vegetables for a true wellbeing treat. Kale can make for a delicious addition here and it’s full of nourishing nutrients. For example, did you know that just one cup of kale contains 684% of our daily vitamin K intake? This crucial vitamin helps to protect our bones and supports a healthy circulatory system by strengthening capillary walls. This can contribute to giving our skin a healthy glow too. Capillaries are essential for a healthy complexion as they deliver fresh oxygenated blood and nutrients to thirsty skin cells in need of some TLC.

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  • 800g potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 6 rashers good-quality bacon, chopped
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 500-600ml low-salt vegetable stock
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • Handful of chives, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Chop the potatoes into thin discs approx. 2-3mm wide and set to one side.
  2. Heat up the butter or oil over a medium heat and fry the bacon for few minutes, before adding in the onions. Sauté for a further six minutes or so until the bacon is crispy and the onions are caramelised. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Now assemble the hotpot by placing a layer of potatoes in the bottom of a shallow casserole dish. Add in a large spoonful of the bacon and onion mixture – evenly spreading it over the potatoes. Carry on alternatively layering the bacon mixture and the potatoes, finishing with a layer of potatoes. Keep back a little onion and bacon to serve on the top.
  4. Prepare some hot stock and pour over until you can just about see the liquid rising up. Place the hotpot in the oven for approx. 45 minutes, checking after 30 to see if you need to add a little more stock.
  5. When the potatoes have cooked through and are starting to go golden, take the casserole dish out of the oven and sprinkle over the cheese. Pop it back in the oven for another 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and is bubbling.
  6. Serve with the remaining crispy bacon and caramelised onions, and a scattering of chives.