Submitted by Deb from Melton

Potlette in a pan

Food waste fact: Did you know each day in UK homes we throw away approximately 4.4 million whole potatoes and 3.1 million glasses’ worth of milk (Source: WRAP).


  • Potato (peeled, diced small) 
  • Milk 
  • Eggs 
  • Onion (peeled, sliced/chopped) 
  • Any leftover vegetables like a few frozen peas, a mushroom, a clove of garlic, a tomato 
  • Oil / margarine / butter for frying 


  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 5 minutes then drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the onions and potatoes and fry until golden (You can add any other leftovers at this point, such as a few frozen peas, chopped garlic, herbs, cubed bits of cheese, that leftover bag of unfinished spinach, a chopped tomato, in fact – almost anything works!) 
  3. Reduce the heat and cover with the lid. 
  4. Beat at least 2 eggs with a little milk. 
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the pan of potatoes/onions etc. Do not stir.
  6. Put the lid back on and turn off the heat and leave for a minute or two to cook from the residual heat.
  7. Remove the lid and place the pan under a grill until the dish begins to rise and become slightly golden.
  8. Serve immediately. Add sauce or season to taste. 
  9. For added sides, toast some bread then rub a raw garlic clove over the toast for instant garlic toast!