How to Cook Crunchy Potato Bake for $10

by Michel Daher

This is one of my favourite dishes. It's so simple, so delicious. I assure you, it's so good that if you don't eat most of it in one sitting, you can Call me, I'll come and help you. Total cost $9.83


  • 2 ½ kilograms Potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons Ghee or Margarine
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Your favourite Spices
  • 300 Grams Lean Mince Beef
  • ½ Cups Sliced Almonds
  • ½ Cups Water
  • 4 Cups Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Hungry Family
  • 1 Large Lettuce
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • ½ Cups Olive Oil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Before you start, Spread butter or margarine all over your baking tray. Leave it to the side for now.

    Step 2

    Peel and cut all the potatoes into small pieces like this. You can cut as small or big as you like, we will be mashing it all anyway. Smaller pieces, faster cooking. Genius huh!

    Step 3

    Boil until very soft. Please note its best to have all the ingredients close together. We want to work with Hot Potatoes when we mash. So when it's ready don't strain it. Let's do the filling.

    Step 4

    Don't be alarmed is just vegetable oil. You can use olive oil if you like. Crisco or vegeta is also fine.

    Step 5

    Fry 3/4 cup of sliced almonds. It's up to you if you wish to add more or remove the almonds all together. This dish is traditionally done with pine nuts. But Not anymore. We break all the rules. Lol.

    Step 6

    As you can see, we haven't fried the almonds too much. We just want a light golden brown.

    Step 7

    Add your minced beef and stir the almonds through it.

    Step 8

    The beef is fully cooked, we're almost done. Amazing right? So easy peasy.

    Step 9

    We have some already open bread sticks. So we are going to crush these to bread crumbs. But packet breadcrumbs are perfectly fine.

    Step 10

    Alright, move quickly. Drain the water from the potatoes. Mash it up as fine as you can. We're just using an oversize hand grinder. Please use a spoon to handle your potatoes.

    Step 11

    Add 2 tablespoons of ghee (or butter if you don't have ghee). Optional: 100 ml of pure cream. Not normally part of this recipe.

    Step 12

    A cup of breadcrumbs and by now your potato should be cold enough to mix. Don't burn yourself please. Or just use a spoon.

    Step 13

    Add a teaspoon of your fave spices. We used 1 teaspoon of salt, white pepper and five spice equally. Try cinamon, cardamon, black peppercorns, even basil. Did you wash your hands? ;) time to play

    Step 14

    Mix and mash it all up. Should I tell you again LOL. If it's hot use a spoon or masher.

    Step 15

    Sprinkle about half a cup of bread crumbs on your buttered or gheed (new word) tray and just shake it around until the crumbs stick themselves to the butter.

    Step 16

    Divide your mashed potato in exact halves. Place one layer on the bottom until your tray is covered. Sorry I forgot to take that pic.

    Step 17

    Spread the mince and almond all around making sure you cover the potato like so.

    Step 18

    And with the other half of the potato mash mix, cover the meat all around.

    Step 19

    If you can see meat then you did something naughty Lol. But keep going. And cover it all. If you run out of potato, dip your hand in some water and redistribute the potato. It will work ;)

    Step 20

    Using a plastic knife or spatula cut in to the tray into squares. Why? Coz we love butter so much we're going to put it on top too. So we want the flavour to sink through.

    Step 21

    Remember the snapguide blog I said stick your finger in everything. Well now is no exception. Lol. 4 or 5 holes deep down around the potato is enough. And stab your squares gently with plastic knife.

    Step 22

    And now go all out with the balance of your breadcrumbs. Sprinkle it around all over as much as you like. Add the ghee or butter near those holes. It should be about 5 small teaspoons.

    Step 23

    Bake for 45 minutes on 200 degrees celsius. And Say Hi to my Pink n Grey galah. Zeeko is my naughty bird and hangs out with my psychotic chickens. He joins them to destroy Dad's garden.

    Step 24

    Yummmmyyyyy! From our amateur kitchen with love. Be sure to follow, like and comment. We are excited about the things to come ;)

    Step 25

    Delicious crunchy outer and soft succulent inner. I'm talking about the potato bake. Lol. Salad: 1 large lettuce, lemon juice, salt, 1 tbsp of white vinegar and olive oil. It's an amazing match. :)