This Corned Beef & Potato Bake recipe is my version of Pan Aggie or Panackelty. Its a traditional hot pot style northern UK dish of layered corned beef, potatoes, carrot, bacon and beef stock. Check out my quick and easy version of this classic frugal stalwart and you won’t be disappointed!
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There are not many recipes I fancy trying which crop up in the BBC social history series; Back in Time… But one 1950’s recipe in 2018’s Back in Time for Tea series did!
It was a corned beef, potatoes and veg affair with a kind of beef gravy. They called it Pan Haggerty. Now I do love a bit of corned beef but other than in a ketchup ridden sandwich or egg topped hash, I never know what to do with it. (Its also not all that cheap anymore either!)
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And so to Google I went but quickly became rather confused. Pan Haggerty is actually a potato and cheese dish from the North East – no meat in sight. What gives?
Further investigations revealed that the Back in Time family were actually eating Panackelty. Also from the North East but much more meatier and up my street. I then learned that the Humber region variation was called Pan Aggie and included bacon. Sold to the bacon fiend from the Humber!
I’ve renamed this recipe because I’ve discovered that no one is searching for a “Pan Aggie” recipe. Which is sad. But I’d rather that more people get to find and try it than worry about the title. And so lets call it Corned Beef & Potato Bake. Or casserole, pie or hot-pot!
A Quick & Easy Layer Bake
This dish is really easy to throw together. Only the onions and bacon require pre-cooking before all the ingredients are layered, the beef stock is added and the whole thing is thrown in the oven to do it’s thing and cook for an hour.
A previous version of this recipe had the carrot and potatoes boiled before being layered. I later realised that whilst that kept me busy and doing (I’m not that great at just waiting for things to cook). actually it didn’t really save any overall time.
Make Corned Beef Bake into a Feast
I truly believe that you can make any dish into a proper feast! Whether thats a feast for one after work on a Tuesday, a casual feast for four on a Friday evening or a feast for 12 for a special occasion!
Pan Aggie is nearly a Feast in itself! But it does benefit from being served with some extra vegetables! I favour my Garlic Pea Puree or some simply pan fried Tenderstem Broccoli. To truly make it into a feast, I also serve some of my Proper Yorkshire Puddings. If I’m going all out with the veg, I might even throw in some Roast Parsnips.
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Ingredients for Corned Beef & Potato Bake
When I say “corned beef”, I am talking about UK corned beef. The kind that comes in a tin with a little key to open it, not the US kind which is a cured brisket and not readily available in the UK. I’m sure it would be delicious made with the US version – just different.
I would recommend using the largest potatoes and carrots possible. This will make the assembly of the dish easier in the long run. I don’t mind using waxy or floury potatoes but I do prefer the floury kind for texture.
Using a rich homemade beef stock is of course the preference here. But realistically, I rarely have any to hand. My preference now is to use a stock pot or stock cubes. Use 1 stock pot for every 2 stock cubes in the recipe as I find that the flavour is very strong.
If you are able to buy good quality beef stock (broth) like it is common in the US, then this is a great option.
Note – this recipe previously specified to use beef stock concentrate but this is no longer available in the UK as Knorr have discontinued it.
This is a composite dish. You don’t really need a recipe as such, more just general guidance.
So if you want to add another veg, just do it. I’ve added a layer or two of thinly sliced butternut squash before. If you want to add more/less potato or more/less meat or more/less bacon – then do it.
You could even change the corned beef to another meat, This would be an ideal way to use up leftover roast chicken, roast beef or roast pork (use chicken stock instead of beef) and/or leftover veggies from a roast dinner.
The possibilities are endless. I use the basis of my Pan Aggie as a fridge clearance technique much like when I make my chowder!
Make it Vegetarian
You have a couple of options to a make this dish vegetarian. Either use a meat substitute such as quorn (mince would work as well as chunks) or veggie sausages. Or simply up the veg content and leave the meat out entirely.
Swap the bacon for another veggie substitute or just leave it out all together.
I’d stick to root type vegetables such as parsnips, turnips and sweet potatoes. Use a vegetable stock instead of beef and make sure to use a vegetarian cheese.
Make it Vegan
By making the dish vegetarian as suggested above, the dish will likely become vegan by rote.
Saying this, do avoid my Quorn suggestion as this isn’t suitable for vegans (as at Oct 2019) but there are many vegan meat substitutes now available to choose from.
Make it Allergy Friendly
This recipe is free from nuts and dairy.
Egg & Gluten Free: This dish should be suitable for those with any of these allergies BUT do check the ingredients of the stock that you use. Having checked, my preferred stock includes both barley (gluten) and egg.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above and any variations suggested have not been tested unless otherwise stated. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
Equipment Notes for Potato & Corned Beef Layer Bake
A good vegetable peeler will make preparing the veg super quick with minimal waste. You could leave the potatoes unpeeled but I’m not a fan of the skins, especially in dishes like this.
Any ovenproof baking dish or pie dish will do, just use what you have.
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
You can prepare this dish up to a day ahead of time. I wouldn’t however add the stock until just before baking.
You could make the dish and then freeze it, ready to bake. But if I was doing this, I wouldn’t actually cook the potatoes and veg. I would recommend leaving them raw, assembling the dish and then freezing. Once thawed, it will need about an hour or so in the oven to cook through.
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I actually love to make this dish to take to the office to reheat for lunch. It reheats in the microwave really well and makes a really good prep-ahead dish.
Leftovers will last around 3 days in the fridge or you can freeze the whole dish or portions to reheat at a later date.
If you are looking for a different texture for your leftovers or want to make a portion go a little further, why not break down the bake, add more beef stock, reheat in a saucepan and make a soup.
Quick Corned Beef & Potato Casserole Tips
This is an all in one dish to an extent but a bit of green veg on the side is quite nice. Maybe a bit of buttered cabbage or tender stem broccoli?
And don’t forget a couple of rounds of bread and butter for a true northern tea!
You can precook the veg and potato for a shorter oven cooking time. This is handy if you are prepping in advance and want a quicker cook time later.
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Corned Beef & Potato Bake (Panackelty)
- 450 g Onion
- 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tsp Sea Salt Flakes
- 225 g Carrots - as thick as possible
- 800 g Potatoes - as large as possible
- 225 g Bacon
- 340 g Canned Corned Beef
- 4 tbsp Cornflour (Cornstarch)
- 300 ml Water
- 2 tbsp Beef Stock Cube (Bouillon Cube) - or stock pot
Prepare the Layers
- Put the kettle on to boil and grab a frying pan. Pop the frying pan onto a medium heat.
- Preheat the oven to 200c or equivalent.
- Slice 450g Onions into half moons and add to the frying pan with 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil. Also add 1 tsp Sea Salt Flakes to the pan as you start frying.
- After the onions are nearly fully softened, use scissors to chop 225g Bacon into the onion pan. I aim for 8 or so pieces from each rasher – keep them fairly chunky.
- Whilst the onions are frying away, peel 225g Large Carrots and cut into half cm slices. Cut them on a diagonal to make larger slices.
- Repeat the process with 800g Large Potatoes – peel them and cut into half cm slices. Leave them to sit in a bowl of cold water.
- Open a 340g Tin Corned Beef and slice the meat into half cm slices.
- Once the bacon and onions are cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Use a little cold water to make a slurry with 4 tbsp Cornflour. I do this in a measuring jug. Add 300ml Boiling Water and and stir to combine with 2 Beef Stock Cubes.
Assemble the Dish
- Grease your baking dish and assemble all the prepared ingredients.
- Layer the ingredients in the lined baking dish as follows:
- 1/3 of the Potatoes –> 1/2 the Corned Beef –>
- 1/2 the Carrots –> 1/2 the Bacon and Onions –>
- 1/3 of the Potatoes –> The remaining Corned Beef –> The remaining Carrots –>
- The remaining Bacon and Onions –> The remaining Potatoes
- Carefully pour the beef stock into the dish.
- Bake in the oven for 60 minutes until golden and crispy on top. Check that everything is cooked through by inserting a small knife into the centre. There should be no resistance.
- Serve hot with a side of greens – it also reheats very well in the microwave.
This looks so delicious! However, I will leave out the bacon, because I don’t really like it that much.
Wow, this brings back memories! I’m Grimsby lad and my parents and grandparents used to reguarly cook Pan Aggie. It was always a winter dish and my nanna would always add some peas and carrots on the side, never part of the Pan Aggie itself.
I’ve also made it a few times myself, however I tend to lean more heavily on the bacon than the corned beef. I have also experimented with adding chopped tomatoes, which works well but isn’t very traditional.
Love this – I am all for leaning heavily on bacon!!!
Moira Lewis says
I grew up in the North East and my mam’s version (Panackelty)was cooked covered in a large roasting tin, in a slow oven for a few hours and then uncovered to allow the potatoes to brown. It included sausages but no carrots and no
beef stock just the juices.Served with lots of bread.It fed six children and our parents.I still love it! I will try your version too.
My mum used to make this when I was a kid and she’d pour a can of baked beans in there, put grated cheese on top… best thing ever! I hadn’t thought about in years till yesterday, then I found your version, Gonna make it tonight. Can’t beat British comfort food!
Yes! Baked beans in it would be amazing! I grew up with a tin of beans thrown into shepherds/cottage pie so I can totally imagine how it would go. I hope that you enjoyed it x
It was freaking delicious!! Totally about to become a staple dish in this house 🙂 Thanks for bringing it back to light!
Aw, I’m so pleased you loved it as much as I do!
I wonder if this could go in the air fryer, in a suitable container of course, as I do love using my gadgets and this recipe reminds me of England (I’m an expat).
Hi Shaz, I can’t see why not depending on the ability to adjust the temperature etc on your particular airfryer. I have an Actifry which is the doughnut shaped airfryer with a paddle so I can’t really experiment with this type of dish I’m afraid. But please do let me know how it goes if you try it!
I have to give this a try – I love corned beef. When my children were small (and money was tight), I used to fry a tin of corned beef with tomatoes and onions and mix it into pasta for a quick and easy supper.
Brilliant, I’d love to know what you think! I’ts a great variation on a hash type dish. I’ve never really thought about corned beef and pasta. I will do now though!
Lesley Garden says
I watch the “Back in Time …” series with my family, we love it and I love to see good regional dishes being mentioned. The closest to this that I ate growing up was a corned beef hash – my Mum made the best! Great recipe Chloe, I will have to give this a try.
It’s so interesting and just always just pitched at quite a good level.. Its not bbc4 dull but also isn’t Greg Wallace dumb! Corned Beef hash def shares share some similarities with this and a fried egg on top would be amazing!
Michelle Rolfe says
Interesting read! It’s not something I’ve heard of before but now that I read through I think my mum used to make something similar (which is not surprising growing up in Cape Breton, Canada which is full of Scots, Irish and Northern English!) I’m now away to search my mums old books and see if I can find it! Glad to be able to finally comment and share!☺️
Ah interesting! It’s effectively a kind of layered corned beef hash so I’m sure there are a bunch of similar dishes out there too. Let me know what you find!
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie says
Oh I love all the Back in Time programmes! I think I’ve watched them all. I loved how they did a dinner one and then realised they needed to even things up by doing a tea one for the other half of the country 🤣😂 Down here this is actually called Pan Haggerty (another one for your list!) Our local pub does a good one… though instead of the corned beef you can have it with a side of roast sirloin of beef… 🤣😂
Yeh I think I’ve seen them all too! Interesting that Pan Haggerty had made it all the way down there…I wonder if the chef is a Geordie? Historically that’s the very North East’s version which is basically a cheese and potato bake. Man it sounds excellent served with Sirloin of Beef. Gosh I’m drooling actually!
Jacqui Bellefontaine says
Corn beef is one of those foods I like so long has i dont have it too often. Its been a while and this looks like a tasty filling dish just right for this time of the year so I plan to add to my to make list.Welcome and I look forward to seeing more from you and this fabulous new blog!
Its not something I ate for years and years then I sort of rediscovered it! But yes, I think you’re right, its not something I’d eat everyday, or maybe even every week. It’d be great to hear what you think when you get to make it though. And yes I’m very excited to start to take part – the sidelines were getting a bit sad!!!
Cat | Curly's Cooking says
I’ve not heard of Pan Aggie before but it looks like the perfect meal for the colder weather. I can imagine the added bacon makes it even tastier!
Thanks! It really is – I made it last week and I’m always surprised how much I love it as I’m not generally a meat and potatoes kind of gal. You might be right though, bacon does make everything better!