Baked beans with bubble and squeak hash browns

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Take your baked beans and hash browns up a level with salty pancetta, rich porcini mushrooms, and umami paste.


For the hash browns

  • 600g/1lb 5oz floury potatoes
  • 2–3 tbsp double cream
  • 30g/1oz unsalted butter
  • 200g/7oz pancetta, cubed
  • 1 large bunch of fresh thyme
  • 300g/10½oz savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 3–4 oregano sprigs, leaves picked
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • sunflower oil for frying
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the beans

  • 30g/1oz dried porcini
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 400g/14oz smoked pancetta, cubed
  • 10 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp umami paste
  • 50g/1¾oz light brown sugar
  • 500ml/18fl oz fresh beef stock
  • 200ml/7fl oz passata
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 400g tin pinto beans
  • 400g tin haricot beans
  • large handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 3 sprigs oregano, leaves picked
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. To make the hash browns, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 15–20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and roughly mash with the cream. Season and set aside.
  2. Place a frying pan over medium heat and add the butter. Fry the pancetta and thyme until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the mash.
  3. Add the cabbage to the same pan with a dash of water, cover, and cook for 2–3 minutes, or until the cabbage is just tender. Stir into the mash with the herbs and mustard. Season, leave to cool completely, and then refrigerate.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the beans, place the mushrooms into a bowl and cover them with boiling water to rehydrate. Drain and chop finely.
  5. Place a large pan over medium heat with the oil and butter. Fry the pancetta, thyme, bay leaves, pepper, and rosemary until brown and starting to crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the pan and fry for 10 minutes, or until softened. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and cinnamon stick for 1 minute. Add the red wine and simmer until reduced by half. Add the tomato purée, umami paste, sugar, stock, and passata and bring to the boil until reduced by half again. Stir in the paprika and beans and heat through.
  6. Divide the cooled potato mixture into 10 equal pieces and shape it into patties.
  7. Heat a layer of oil 1cm deep in a non-stick pan over high heat and fry the hash browns for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until golden and piping hot (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.).
  8. Stir the fresh herbs through the beans, remove the cinnamon stick and serve with the hash browns.

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