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