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Pommes Anna

pommes anna

This is a very simple but complex dish.  Potatoes, butter salt & pepper.  It doesn’t get much simpler than this.  The key is extremely thin layers of potato, butter, salt & pepper.  I can’t quite explain how good these are, except to give you some evidence:  I made them Saturday night in the mini tins as you can see below.  I made them as a side with a fantastic filet mignon I got from the butcher.  Bill took one bite of the potatoes and declared they were the most amazing he has ever had in his whole life……..better than the best french fry, or the best au gratin or the best hash browns, or the best mashed potaotes…..I think you get the drill.

I then proceeded to make them again Sunday night to go with family dinner.  This was justified as I wanted a photo of when you make it whole and slice as well as the individual.  I got no arguments from Bill, as far as he was concerned, as long as he got to eat it again, he didn’t care why!  Oh and Will and Bill fought for the leftovers for breakfast :)

This is a tad tedious to make.  You MUST use a mandolin or don’t even bother, the thin layers are what makes this.  Pour yourself a glass of wine (after you have finished with the mandolin) and lovingly add the layers.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

pommes anna mini

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Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Roasted Tomatoes

One of my favorite side dishes and also one of my favorite ways to eat tomatoes during the winter when I am missing my favorite fresh tomatoes from Wilson’s farm.  They get a little sweeter when you roast them and they are the perfect side for Roasted Chicken or Roast Beef.

You could also make it a quick pasta sauce.  If doing that, add 2 extra Tbsp olive oil to the pan to create the sauce.  Cook the pasta until al dente, drain but reserve one cup of the pasta water.  Put the pasta back in the pan, add the tomatoes and 1/2 cup of pasta water.  Add more pasta water if needed.  Sprinkle some chopped basil and you have a great pasta dish! Continue reading Roasted Grape Tomatoes