Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Potato Chow Down!

Tell me one person you know who doesnt like potatoes. They gotta be weird. Hahah!
Everyone loves potatoes! They're super versatile, tastes great fried, baked, mashed, boiled; in creamy or clear soups, curries, stir-fries, the list goes on!

This recipe is originally called Rustic Potato Chowder from 101 cookbooks.

8 to 10 slices Bacon
extra-virgin olive oil
2 onions,
chopped 3 shallots, (whoops, didnt hv this so i just omited it)
chopped 4 cloves garlic,
chopped 4 cups diced potatoes
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 cups milk
1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated (i substituted with Parmesan)

Pan fry bacon until browned and crispy. Cool and chop into small pieces. Put aside.
Heat up the olive oil and saute the onions, shallots, and garlic for 5 mins, or until the onions start to get soft.
Add potatoes and a teaspoon of salt and saute for ~ 2 mins.

Add mustard and milk. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the soup thickens and the potatoes are soft.
Throw in the cheese, another dash of salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with the bacon.

You can also make this into a pot pie. Roll out some Pampas pastry, cut into desired size and cover your little bowl with it. Poke several air vents for the steam to escape. Pop into oven and wait eagerly for it to turn a golden brown. :)

Rating: Hubby said 7/10! I say problie 6/10 coz the milk taste was a bit overpowering... I used HL milk so maybe its taste is a bit strong. Also, the potatoes were quite a lot and as I made this on a Sunday and put into the fridge for the next day's dinner, the liquids were kinda soaked up by the potatoes so there wasn't enough 'soup' or should I say 'sauce'. I may add some chicken stock to counter the 'milky' taste and problie chicken bits for more 'texture' to the soup.

The pot pie I like best is Dome's Chicken and Mushroom pie.. , but it is soOOoo expensive. I remember the good old days when it was ~ RM17.. now its RM22 or 25. !!! hmph. this is another driving factor for me to cook my own food. Prices are just escalating everywhere.


TJ said...

...but the BIGGER matter is.....

is it

Poh-tae-toe or

kekekekeke :P

coffeedreames said...

or Poh-tay-ter??

how you pronounce it shows wat sort of person you are you know. heh.

so which version are you then i'll tell you how it reflects on you.

heh heh

TJ said...

gimme the best version you've got! haha....

poh-tay-ter sounds like texan accent... i can almost imagine 'double-ya' (aka bush jr) sayin it.... haha..

anyway, i contest the scoring! how can u be judge & jury at the same time?
i shall offer my taste buds when a more exciting dish (say, baby back ribs) comes along! haha...