Galette Lyonnaise

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

2 lb of baking potatoes
2 large onions
5 Tbsp of unsalted butter
freshly grated nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste

  • Peel the potatoes.
  • Boil and steam them until tender, drain.
  • Coarsely mash with a fork, leaving a few irregular chunks.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Slice the onions.
  • Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter in a large skillet, add the onions and sauté until soft and golden.
  • Melt the rest of the butter in the skillet and add the potatoes, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Cook and toss the mixture about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to a gratin dish, smooth the surface with a spoon and dot with the remaining butter.
  • Brown lightly under the broiler.

Country style potato pie

Makes a lovely lunch with a tossed green salad.  Serves 6 to 8.

Pâte brisée 
12 oz of bacon, cooked and sliced
2 small onions sliced very thin (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup of parsley, chopped
2 lb of russet potatoes
Salt and pepper
1 egg yolk & 1 Tbsp of water
1/2 cup of heavy cream

  • Cut the pastry in two with one piece slightly bigger than the other. Roll the bigger piece to a 12 x 14″ rectangle.
  • Refrigerate. Roll the other piece to a 10 x 12 rectangle. Refrigerate.
  • Peel the potatoes just before baking.
  • Cut into thin slices to get about 4 cups.
  • Do not wash the potatoes after slicing.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together the potatoes, the onions, the bacon, the parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the cream.
  • On a large baking sheet, set the large rectangle of pastry and fill it with the mixture, leaving 1″ border.
  • Cover with the small rectangle.
  • Fold up the edges of the bottom piece of pastry over the top piece.
  • Preheat oven 400°F.
  • Brush the pastry with an egg glaze (egg yolk & water).
  • Draw decorative lines with a fork on top of the pastry and tighten the edges.
  • Cut deeper holes at regular intervals to let the steam escape.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Check with a knife to make sure the potatoes are tender.
  • Sometime during the baking, dribble the rest of the cream into the pie through the small holes.
  • Serve warm.