Pan Haggerty is a famous British food from Northumberland. The recipe uses just three primary ingredients – potatoes, onions, and cheese; a combination that comforts the soul and satisfies any appetite. Pan Haggerty is often served with sausages, but roasted chicken or beef works well too.
4 ounces butter, divided
9 ounces onions, thinly sliced
1 pound large Russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
4 ounces aged cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt 1 ounce of the butter. Add the sliced onions and cook until soft but not browned.
- In an large ovenproof skillet, melt half the remaining butter. Remove skillet from heat and arrange a layer of potatoes in the pan, then a layer of onions, followed by a layer of cheese. Season with salt and pepper and repeat the layers ending with potatoes on top.
- Return skillet to stovetop and cook over medium-high heat for a few minutes, or until the bottom layer of potatoes have browned.
- Dot the surface of the potatoes with the remaining butter, then place the skillet in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove skillet from oven. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Return skillet oven once the temperature has been reached, and cook for an additional 15 minutes.