7 Easy and tasty potato bake recipes for South African food lovers

7 Easy and tasty potato bake recipes for South African food lovers

South Africa is known for original culinary traditions. The majority of the country’s dishes are a perfect blend of the settlers and indigenous’ flavors and species. Potato bake is one of the famous and common dishes both at home and in any local restaurant that you may visit in South Africa.

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There are different tips on how to bake potatoes. If you have been wondering how to make potato bake, here is a list of 7 easy and tasty South African potato bake recipe options to try.

1. Creamy potato bake with caramelized onion

Adding caramelized onion to your potato bake recipe with cream is a clever way to prepare a dish that nobody can ignore.


  • Olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • 6 large potatoes
  • black pepper
  • Salt
  • Pecorino shavings or Parmesan
  • Cream


  1. Start by preheating an oven to a temperature of about 220°C.
  2. Heat the olive oil and at the same time stir and fry the onions until they are glossy and soft.
  3. Add brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and saute for about 5 minutes.
  4. Arrange the slices in an ovenproof and greased dish.
  5. Add pepper and salt for seasoning.
  6. Arrange the caramelized onions on top of the potato slices.
  7. Cover the prepared layers with cream and sprinkle pecorino shavings or Parmesan over them and bake in the already preheated oven for between 30 to 45 minutes.
  8. Serve by cutting the cooked layers into small portions.
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2. Savory potato bake


  • 4 potatoes
  • 10 g of diced or grated onions
  • Salt
  • Dried thyme
  • 55 g of cubed butter
  • 1/8 spoonful pepper
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoonful chopped parsley


Savory Potato Bake differs significantly from the basic potato bake. Nevertheless, the difference is only in the ingredients used. Any other aspect such as the preparation process is quite the same and easy.

Follow the easy potato bake recipe below to prepare a delicious dish for the entire family.

  1. Preheat the oven to about 220°C and grease the inside of a 2-liter baking dish.
  2. Place the slices in the greased dish.
  3. Heat to melt the cubed butter and stir occasionally.
  4. Mix the diced onions, pepper, thyme, and salt and stir continuously to form an even coating of the butter.
  5. Cover the slices evenly with the butter mixture and bake for around 45 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the parsley and cheese over the slices evenly.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Allow your dish to cool before serving.
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3. Potato bake recipe with bacon


  • Cold milk
  • Royco potato bake
  • Fried bacon
  • Medium sized potatoes


  1. Put the royco potato bake in a jug and mix it with a little milk. Stir until you achieve a smooth paste before you can add more milk.
  2. Prepare an ovenproof dish of about 1.2 liters by greasing its insides. Place the thin slices in the dish.
  3. Cover the potato slices with a mixture of sauce. Add pieces of bacon on top.
  4. Oven bake the mixture uncovered for about 45 minutes at a temperature of about 180°C.
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4.Potato, leek, and mushroom bake

Serves: 4 adults

Preparation time: 20 minutes


  • Washed, sliced bunch of leeks
  • 3 Crushed cloves garlic
  • Sliced brown mushrooms
  • Butter
  • Medium sized potatoes
  • Fresh chopped rosemary
  • Cake flour
  • Milk
  • Pepper and salt
  • Cheese topping: 250 ml of grated cheese combination


  1. Ensure that the oven is preheated to 220°C.
  2. Heat the butter in a mixture of garlic and leeks and saute until the mixture softens.
  3. Add rosemary and mushrooms and stir-fry.
  4. Use flour to coat the vegetables.
  5. Heat them moderately and add a little milk slowly while stirring.
  6. Cook for a few minutes to achieve a thick sauce.
  7. Layer the potato slices in the baking dish and cover them evenly with the sauce.
  8. Use cheese to top the layered slices and bake for about 25 minutes.

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5.Potato and corn braai bake


  • Creamed sweetcorn
  • Thin slices of potatoes
  • Mature cheddar cheese
  • Spring onions


  1. Arrange a layer of the thin slices at the bottom of a greased pan.
  2. Cut the spring onion and sprinkle half of it on top of the potato layers.
  3. Add salt and sweetcorn on top followed by black paper to give it a great taste.
  4. Repeat the three steps above until all the ingredients are used up. However, make sure that everything is sandwiched in the potato layers.
  5. Use a little milk or African potato cream to drizzle the layers before sprinkling with cheese.
  6. Cook in a tin covered with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes.

6. Potato and tuna geregte bake

Serves: 1

Preparation time: 10 minutes.

Cooking time: 15-30 minutes.


  • Washed, sliced bunch of leeks
  • 3 Crushed cloves garlic
  • Sliced brown mushrooms– 250 g
  • 50 g grated cheddar cheese
  • 250 g of thinly sliced potatoes
  • Ground black pepper and salt
  • Milk - 75 ml
  • 185 g of flaked and drained tuna in brine – 1 can


  1. Layer the thin slices of with casserole-buttered tuna.
  2. Use pepper, salt, and a mix of herbs to season all the layers.
  3. Pour a little milk on top and cook moderately in a microwave for about 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle cheese evenly on the tender potato and put it in preheated grill up to when it turns brown.
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7. Potato and sausage bake

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes


  • Cream – 300 ml
  • Milk – 300 ml
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 crushed cloves garlic
  • Thinly sliced potatoes – 900 g
  • 2 small sliced leeks
  • Coarsely chopped chorizo sausages – 100 g
  • Butter – 100 g
  • Cheddar cheese – 200 g
  • Ground black pepper and salt


  1. Preheat an oven up to 180°C.
  2. Use a little butter to grease the dish.
  3. Use a large saucepan to boil a mixture of sliced potatoes, garlic, nutmeg, bay leaf, milk, and cream.
  4. Stir-fry the leeks in butter and add chorizo before cooking for some minutes.
  5. Extract the lay leaf from the mixture and add sausages and leeks.
  6. Add pepper and salt to season.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the dish that you prepared and sprinkle a little cheese before baking in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Potato bakes are common side dishes in South Africa. While the basic potato bake recipe includes nothing more than potatoes and seasoning ingredients, it takes a little creativity to create a variety of dishes by altering the ingredients of one South African oven-baked potato dish recipe. If you are a South African food lover, you will find our list of potato bake recipes useful. We believe that we have covered basically what any food lover would want to see in their menu –from quick fixes to options requiring quite some time to prepare. Nevertheless, it is important that you master the ingredients and follow the exact preparation steps.


Source: Briefly.co.za

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