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Potatoes the French Way

This is the style of potato served in France. It has no flour in the cream sauce. Only heavy cream, grated cheese and garlic! It is baked in a heavy shallow baking pan and arranged in rows of upright slices. I used a cast iron fry pan. Serves 6-8 but can be doubled for a crowd which is what I did!

This recipe is from spoonforkbacon.com as Cheesy Garlic Potatoes Gratin

I did not add the final 2 tablespoons butter to the top of the cheesy potatoes. Otherwise the recipe is the same

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 heaping cup of grated white cheddar cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan plus more for sprinkling

3 large cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper

Procedure

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Heavily butter your shallow heavy baking pan
    In a large bowl combine cream, cheeses, garlic, salt and pepper
    Thinly slice potatoes with a mandolin slicer
    Mix potatoes into cream sauce
    Arrange potatoes in upright stacks in your baking dish so they are standing vertically
    Pour the remaining cream sauce over the potatoes
    Cover with foil and bake 35-40 minutes
    Remove from oven and sprinkle with the additional Parmesan. Keep uncovered
    Bake another 25-30 minutes or until browned and tender
    Allow to sit at room temperature 10 minutes before serving

Add potato slices to cream sauce

Arrange potatoes as vertically as you can. My slices were pretty thin and delicate

Spanish Tortilla/Frittata

The tortilla initial cooking on the stovetop before baking

The tortilla initial cooking on the stovetop before baking


Platter from Breda (Girona) in Catalunya.

Platter from Breda (Girona) in Catalunya.


Authenic serving platter inverted onto tortilla

Authenic serving platter inverted onto tortilla


Spanish Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla

1 pound fresh sweet mini peppers, halved & roasted or 2 cups bottled roasted red peppers in brine, drained and cut into 2 inch x 1 inch pieces

1 pound small round potatoes

12 large eggs

1 cup milk (optional soy milk, almond milk, or heavy cream)

2 ½ cups grated manchego and romano cheeses

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 2 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium size yellow onion, chopped

4 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed

Classico brand Spicy Tomato Sauce with red peppers

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in upper third.
  • In a large saucepan place potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
  • Simmer until potatoes easily give to a fork prick, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Drain and cool on a towel to room temperature.
  • Peel potatoes if desired. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, salt, pepper and thyme.
  • In an oven safe 10-inch non-stick skillet, heat olive oil.
  • Saute onion until tender. Add garlic and stir ½ minute. Do not brown garlic.
  • Add the roasted mini peppers and heat through and stir.
  • Over medium heat pour the egg mixture over the peppers.
  • Cook until edges are set, a few minutes.
  • Slice the potatoes in 1/4 inch slices.
  • Layer the potatoes over the egg mixture. They will sink just under the surface.
  • Place in the oven and bake until the center is set. An inserted knife should come out clean. The edge should be puffed and golden in spots. Cool at least 10 minutes.
  • This can be served in wedges from the sauté pan, or inverted onto a platter.
  • Serve hot with a roasted red pepper tomato sauce.

Makes 8-10 entrée size servings or 12 tapas servings