Neeps & Tatties Casserole for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 22 comments

Neeps & Tatties Casserole for #SundaySupper

Casseroles. Heartwarming. Cockle-warming. Finger-to-toe warming. What could be more satisfying on a cold, January night? It’s a huge batch of warm, winter hugs that the the #SundaySupper bunch are cooking up this week, hosted by Alice of A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen. I’m sharing a bit of Scottish heritage with a Neeps & Tatties casserole, so pull the tartan rug around your shoulders and dive in!

I think I’m going to have my eyes opened this week. When I saw the list of recipes, in my very British way, I raised an eyebrow at the thought of casserole for breakfast or dessert. I never knew such things were possible, so I can see myself trying out a lot of these recipes and widening my casserole horizons!

I know that in American films and TV shows, people are forever taking round casseroles to neighbours in need (do you guys do that in real life?!) but my first-hand knowledge of casseroles comes from the big, delicious pots of stew my mum would cook up for weekend suppers. There’s something so satisfying about a Sunday afternoon spent pottering in the kitchen, putting together a huge cauldron-load of seriously budget-friendly ingredients, cooking them slowly and tenderly, filling the kitchen with warmth and tempting aromas, and then having meals to last for ages. I’ve put two batches of this stew in the freezer, for when I need a quick, hearty supper.

Potato and Swede Casserole

If you’re familiar with the Scots vernacular, then you’ll know that neeps are swedes and tatties are potatoes. Traditionally, they’re mashed up together and served as a side dish, and will always be found on the table for Hogmanay, Burn’s Night, and any other dark winter’s eve when there’s a cause for a feast. I decided to put a twist on this classic dish by using neeps & tatties in a full-on casserole that makes an easy, comforting main dish instead.

To my humble neeps & tatties, I added an onion, a couple of carrots, lentils and split peas to make it a substantial, satisfying dish. I had all the ingredients just lying around in the stock cupboard, but the whole big pot of ingredients probably cost less than £3 (around $4) and easily made enough to feed 6.

Best of all, it’s incredibly versatile. You can serve it simply with a bit of green veg, put it into a pastry case and have it as a hearty pie, pile it onto a bed of spinach and kale, or turn it into a curry and serve with rice. Make a whole load in one go, then save it for a variety of different meals when time is short. You’ll make huge savings on your shopping bill, too.

Neeps & Tatties

Neeps & Tatties Casserole
Serves 6
A warming stew for any winter's evening
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium swede
  2. 1 large baking potato
  3. 2 or 3 large carrots
  4. 1 onion
  5. 50g red lentils
  6. 50g split peas, washed and soaked according to packet instructions
  7. 2 cloves garlic
  8. 1 pint vegetable stock
  9. 1 tsp garam masala
  10. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  11. 1/2 tsp crushed dried chillies (optional)
  12. 1 bay leaf
  13. salt and pepper to season
Instructions
  1. Peel the potato, swede and carrots and chop into chunks.
  2. Finely chop the onion and crush the garlic.
  3. Place the onion and garlic in a large pan with a dash of oil.
  4. Turn on the heat to medium and gently sautee the onions until they begin to soften.
  5. Add the spices and stir.
  6. Add the chopped veg, lentils and drained split peas, and stir until well mixed with the onions and spices.
  7. Add the stock and bring to the boil.
  8. Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 20-30 mins, until the vegetables and lentils have softened and absorbed some of the stock.
  9. Heat the oven to 180C.
  10. Put as much of the casserole as you want into a casserole dish and put into the oven for 15-20 minutes, until more of the stock is absorbed, and the top starts to crisp up.
  11. Serve with green veg for a simple supper.
Notes
  1. The casserole keeps very well in the freezer in airtight containers for up to a month.
  2. If too much of the stock is absorbed in the oven, you can use some of the excess stock in the pan with a little cornflour to make a gravy.
  3. Once it has been cooked on the stove, it is ready to do whatever you want with.
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 Now take a look at the other casseroles that the #SundaySupper group have been busy cooking up:

Captivating Breakfast Casseroles

Appetizing Casserole Sides

Main Event Casseroles

Decadent Dessert and Sweet Casseroles

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22 Comments

  1. I couldn’t wait to see what neeps & tatties were ever since you posted the recipe title. Now I can’t wait to make it. Yum!
    Renee recently posted..Crab Casserole for Two for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Renee! I think neeps & tatties sounds so much more fun than ‘swede & potatoes!’

  2. Thanks for the translation! A scrumptious casserole :)
    Liz recently posted..Classic Apple Crisp #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. I’m not a huge fan of the neeps, Katie, but I do love this classic side dish. The lentils are a wonderful addition to make this a main course and even more hearty and filling. As for your question, yes, we really do turn up with casseroles when folks are struggling during a family illness or loss! At least, those us from the south certainly do.
    Stacy recently posted..Baked Lemon Dessert #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It took me a while to like them too Stacy! But I’ve found in a casserole, with all the other ingredients, they’re really quite nice! I think the casserole-giving tradition is so lovely, I’m glad it’s a real thing :-)

  4. I’m from Texas, and we take food — especially one-dish casseroles — to friends and family who are experiencing a big life change: happy things like moving to a new home or having a new baby…and sad things like chronic illness or death. The idea is to provide food so they don’t have to worry about cooking but still can have a nourishing meal. This casserole would definitely be welcomed!!!
    The Weekend Gourmet recently posted..Captivating Casseroles #SundaySupper…Featuring King Ranch Mac and CheeseMy Profile

    • I think it’s such a nice thing, and in close neighbourhoods here, we definitely offer help to neighbours, but it seems that more and more, we don’t really get to know each other anymore. Perhaps casseroles would be one way to get some community spirit back!

  5. I haven’t made anything like this in ages, my grandma would cook neeps and tatties, so it’s going back on my list! And yes, the casserole thing is pretty real, casseroles fix everything!
    Shannon R recently posted..Vegan Oreo Rice Krispie Treats Recipe for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I love that the casserole thing is real! Here, cups of tea are the solution to any life problem and it’s the first thing you offer to anyone who seems even vaguely distressed!

  6. LOL I miss tatties but not neeps! Those terms confused the heck out of me in the markets in Scottland!!! And at that Swedes is British, Tatties is Scottish and the English translation for those are Rutabaga! Oi. LOL Love this casserole though! The UK really does pies the way that we do casseroles in the States and yes, we do take them to ppl that are sick. :) Huge culture shock for me too :)
    Alice recently posted..Orange & Date Wife Saver Casserole for #SundaySupper!My Profile

    • I know! So much linguistic variation in one little island! We had a big discussion over Christmas about where turnips fit into the root vegetable picture! That’s true – I suppose our casserole equivalent is a pie! I live opposite a pie shop (I’m in Yorkshire) and that’s definitely the go-to comfort food round here!

  7. What a classic dish! Yum!
    MealDiva recently posted..Mexican Lasagna #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. As soon as I saw your recipe title in the list, I was dying to know what it was! Very interesting, and it sounds perfectly hearty and delicious!
    Julie @ Texan New Yorker recently posted..King Ranch Casserole #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. It took me a minute to remember what a swede was. I agree that neeps and tatties sounds better than carrots and potatoes with rutabaga. Like aubergine sounds better then eggplant and courgette is better than zucchini.

    And I think casseroles saved my aunt and dad when Nana died. We had PLENTY from the church. It made the answer of “what’s for dinner” that much easier.
    Christie recently posted..Supreme Pizza Strata – Captivating Casseroles #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Until a few minutes ago, I could not have told you what on earth a rutabaga was, or that there was a different American word for what the English refer to as swedes, so you’re doing better than me! I like aubergine and courgette much better too as words :-)

      I love that casseroles perform such a community function and bring people comfort.

  10. LOL, Katy. I was pretty sure you didn’t bake any Swedish people into your gorgeous casserole. Apparently swedes refers to rutabaga =) At any rate, love how you incorporated your Scottish heritage into one fantabulous mixture of comfort…I could almost smell the lovely baking aroma across the pond!
    The Ninja Baker recently posted..Chicken Ramen Mini Casseroles, #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Oh gosh, I didn’t realise I’d have to translate first from Scots to standard British English (In England, we call yellow turnips swedes, and the white-purply ones just plain turnips, I think!) and then to American English! So you have a whole different word for them too – I’d never heard of rutabaga before today! I think I might have to start a dictionary of British/American culinary terms. But you’ll be relieved to know that this is wholly vegetarian, with not a Swedish person in sight!

  11. This dish looks wonderful!!

  12. I do love turnips and potatoes with beef but this dish with lentils sounds wonderful!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Chicken with Whole Grains Casserole #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. There are so many great ingredients in this casserole, it sounds delicious! (And thanks for the language lesson haha)
    Shaina recently posted..Shredded Brussels Sprouts Casserole #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. I love finding recipes that use lentils. I have so many of them.
    Christie recently posted..Roasted Broccoli with Toasted Parmesan CheeseMy Profile

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