Thursday, December 2, 2010
POTATOES - THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF DINNER!
When I wrote the review of the new Leon Cookbook, I was asked to give more details of the POTATOES LEON-AISE, and of course I am more than happy to oblige. This dish was very well received at Sunday lunch, with a lovely crispy top layer covering a soft, delicious center - although I nearly gave them to my vegetarian brother in law!!! When I was putting the vegetable dishes on the center of the table, I wondered why I had made so many roasties, then realized just before he served himself ... phew!!
I loved the fact that the potatoes were not peeled, so much more healthy, and speaking of healthy the original recipe calls for 80ml of olive oil, I think that this is too much, particularly if you are using home made chicken stock (which I recommend if you have some in the freezer).
I was afraid that the lemon might jar with the bland (in a good way) potatoes, but this didn't happen - they seemed to just melt into the dish, adding a pleasant background flavour, rather than pockets of bitterness, but you do need to slice them as thinly as possible.
1.3 kg potatoes (I used red skinned Roosters)
2 large onions
1 bulb garlic
5 fresh bay leaves
80ml olive oil (I would use 30ml if using fresh stock, 50ml if using bullion)
650ml chicken stock
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F
Wash potatoes well and slice thinly - no need to peel.
Slice the garlic thinly.
Slice the lemon as finely as possible.
Drizzle with the oil.
Toss everything except the stock into a baking tray and season.
Arrange as snugly as possible and flatten as well as you can.
Pour in the stock - it should come halfway up the potatoes.
Bake in the oven for about 1 hour, or until soft and yielding to a sharp knife.
P.S. The leftovers (when added to leftover veggies) made a delicious soup.
Posted by Brownieville Girl at 3:37 PM
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This looks like a wonderful and flavorful side dish. We love potatoes and I use it a lot in my meat dishes.
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I call dibs on the crispy top layer, thats always my favorite part.
I love how thin they are, lovely dish.
Oh yes....bring on the potatoes. I love my carbs!
They look soooooo yummy!
Look lovely and yummy! I love it! gloria
wow... my best friend jenny made this exact dish for me last night... how spooky? oh except she is a veggie and made it with veggie stock... still tasted damn fine although not quite on the low-carb pre-christmas diet plan is it now BVG?
Nothing better than crispy potatoes! Looks delish!
What a delicious-looking dish! I love the crispy edges. Potatoes and onions are wonderful match!
I like the addition of lemon slices. Looks great!
Can't go wrong with this potato dish. The crispy edges would be gone before it got to the table.
A plate of this and i would be a very happy girl!
They look really lovely - crispy on top and melty underneath - yum!
Love the crispy top! You can send these along to me when you get the chance ;)
someone already called dibs on the top.. but i'm calling dibs on all 4 corner pieces!!
YAY!! I have something to go with dinner tonight! lol you always give me such wonderful ideas.
I totally agree! Love to eat and create marvelous meals with potatoes! I'll make your irresistible dish straight away! Thanks for Sharing! Cheers!!
Love your blog - great to read a blog by someone who is so passionate about food.
The potatoes look delicious - and so simple!
Oh my, what a delicious looking dish. And I love that you call them roasties :)
Sounds lovely and I'm sure it would be fine using veg stock or water even for us veggies.
this looks so yummy!! thanks for sharing this!!!
I too love how you don't have to peel! Looks WONDERFUL! YUM!
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Mmmmm! I love potatoes. Those look yummy!
I'm definitely going to hijack this recipe from you! It looks delicious, and I love potatoes, must be the Irish in me! Have a great day!
The potatoes are so thin and looks so delicious. I'm glad I'm bumped into your blog. I"m following yours.
mmm, what a lovely dish! i love potatoes in every form, and these are no exception!
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That crispy topping looks very good indeed.
I've just make this recipes, sounds delicoius . . .Thanks for suggestion
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