Thursday, June 11, 2009

Potato Heaven

I mentioned this one last night over cocktails with some moms from preschool and was requested to post it. Patricia Wells has a recipe in her Bistro cookbook that I think is called Lyonnaise Potatoes or Galette Lyonnaise but that we call Potato Heaven. Not revolutionary but awfully tasty. I need to make it again, soon. In my lean and hungry days post-college, I think when I made this it became my entire meal. These days, I'd be more apt to use it as a side dish. It also occurred to me as I was falling asleep last night that it could make a super-tasty topping for Shepherd's Pie.

2 lb. baking potatoes
2 medium onions, cut in half and then sliced into half moons
6 TBSP unsalted butter
Lots of freshly-grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste

  1. Boil your potatoes as if you're going to mash them and set aside
  2. Cook sliced onions in 2 TBSP (1 ounce) melted butter until soft but not brown
  3. Grate in tons of nutmeg and season with salt and pepper
  4. Gently smash your potatoes (you don't want them to be too smooth) and add to onions
  5. Add 2 TBSP more butter; always grate in more nutmeg at this point, too
  6. Put in a baking dish (9x13 glass one is great, or a large oval ceramic dish) and dot the top with yet again 2 TBSP butter
  7. Put under the broiler until butter is melted and top is lightly browned


jennifer hedge said...

Yummmm! If only it was served with a Spam shooter!

Tamijo said...

I made it tonight. So good! Thanks Laurel!