Stinking Bishop with Jersey Royals

A couple of weeks ago we had a slap up anniversary feed at St John in Smithfield, and this dish was on the menu. Obviously visiting the home of ‘Nose to Tail eating’ and plumping for the vegetarian option is like… (Note to Blogger-D: Please insert apt and amusing analogy here.) (Note to Blogger-R: Can’t think of one. Don’t worry, nobody reads this shit anyway). However, it sounded so intriguing (and tasty) we had to try it later at home.

Stinking Bishop with Jersey Royals

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Skill level: easy
Serves: entirely dependent on the amount of cheese you buy


  • Stinking Bishop (or Vacherin)
  • Jersey Royals (or other good new potatoes)
  • a few sprigs of rosemary

Preheat your oven to 200C.

Place your Stinking Bishop in a suitable oven proof dish and skewer with a few sprigs of rosemary. If you have splashed out and bought a whole round of cheese, remove it from the wooden box, unwrap and discard the waxed paper and return to the box.

Place your cheese in the oven and bake until molten – about 15 minutes.

Stinking Bishop with Jersey Royals

Meanwhile boil or steam your potatoes.

To serve, place the potatoes on individual plates and the cheese in the middle of the table.

Spoon the cheese over the potatoes and enjoy.

Verdict: Are you kidding? It’s potatoes covered with melted cheese – of course it is going to be delicious. It benefits from a little bit of greenery too – we raided our depleted freezer and found some Edamame beans.

Drink: A swifty on the way home from work (a perk of the tube strike), and a bottle of M&S red to accompany.

Entertainment: ‘Celebrity Master Chef’ is back! – Gregg and John are just the same and Jan Leeming is bonkers!


  1. may I suggest that visiting the home of ‘Nose to Tail eating’ and plumping for the vegetarian option is like… ‘castrating lambs with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and refusing to devour the freshly sauteed dainties wedged between two hunks of home-baked bread because you’re a teeny bit squeamish.’

  2. I love Stinking Bishop and I love St. John – this sounds wonderful. One to eat on my own as my man will not ever eat baked cheese. It makes his ‘skin crawl’ apparently. Have you tried Milleen’s cheese? My new stinky favourite.

  3. Hi Briony Bob

    Well suggested, I like ‘freshly sauteed dainties’. Yumblog Inc. is always on the look out for good copywriters – the job’s yours if you want it. Minimum wage, management keep the tips.



  4. Hi Helen

    Nope, never had Milleen’s cheese – where does she sell it?

    Your man sounds strange.



  5. simon atkinson

    st john u are lucky to go there ! fergus is a god

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