potato galette

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You know the expression, “your eyes were bigger than your stomach?” Yeah, that never happens to me. I have quite the stomach. What I do instead of over-anticipating my appetite is over-anticipate my desire to cook. When it came time to actually make the meal that included these potatoes, I was just not in the mood. The meal itself – strip steak topped with shallot butter and Brussels sprouts braised in cream were the other dishes – sounded delicious, but the path there just seemed like a pain.

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At least the steak and vegetables were easy. This potato dish was significantly more involved. The ingredient prep alone is an investment in time, with potatoes sliced as thin as you can get them, and five ounces of cheese that the original recipe instructs should be finely grated. After grating about half an ounce, I gave up and shredded all of it on the medium-sized holes of a box grater.

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The recipe recommends layering and baking the uncooked potatoes, but Jen says the potatoes never cook through all the way for her when she follows this method. She parboils the potatoes before baking. I remembered a Cooks Illustrated’s recipe for pan-fried sliced potatoes that calls for microwaving the sliced potatoes with a bit of butter first, and that sounded easier.

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Once the ingredients were prepared, and the shallots were softened, and the potatoes were cooked a little, I could finally start layering the ingredients. Then the tart is baked until it’s a beautiful red-gold, with crispy edges and a creamy center. In the end, this dish was exactly the flavor and texture I wanted from it, and I will certainly make it again. Just hopefully only when I’m in the mood to expend the effort.

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One year ago: Traditional Madeleines. I need to remake these now that I have a madeleine pan.

Potato Galette (adapted from Fine Cooking #53 via Use Real Butter)

Looking at the recipe again, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t add the shallots and the rest of the butter to the potatoes and microwave the whole mixture together.

3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup shallots, finely chopped
16 ounces Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, lightly chopped
kosher salt
½ cup (1 ounce) Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
1 cup (4 ounces) Gruyère cheese, shredded

1. Heat oven to 400F. Grease bottom and inside edge of 7½-inch tart pan (who in the world has a 7½-inch tart pan?) with removable bottom. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the shallots are softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

3. Slice the potatoes as thinly as possible, no more than 1/16 inch thick. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large bowl in the microwave. Add the potatoes and a pinch of salt to the bowl and toss to coat the potatoes with butter. Microwave, uncovered, for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. The potatoes should bend, but they don’t need to be cooked all the way through. Remove the potatoes from the microwave and add the shallot mixture, thyme, and ½ teaspoon salt.

4. Layer the bottom of the pan with potato slices, overlapping them slightly. Sprinkle ¼ of each cheese type on the potatoes, then repeat the layering three more times, ending with cheese.  (You’ll probably need to scrape some of the shallots and other goodies over the potatoes as you form the layers.  The don’t cling to the potatoes much.)

5. Bake until the top of the galette is golden brown and the potatoes are tender, 30-40 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully remove the tart ring from the galette. Use a thin spatula to transfer the galette to a cutting board, cut into wedges, and serve.

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Comments

  1. Branny says:

    This looks great. I usually steam/parboil potatoes prior to baking them in the oven, too. Nothing worse than a starchy raw bite amidst all the deliciousness.

  2. Liz says:

    This looks delicious! It seems like it could be a bit of a pain, but considering my love of any type of cheesy potato, it might be worth it :)

  3. Hélène says:

    Lot’s of work but so worth it. I like any potato dishes. Looks great.

  4. Elizabeth F. says:

    What a pretty potato creation!

  5. Erin says:

    This looks fabulous- what a great way to have potatoes! I am definitely going to try this very soon :)

  6. Kerstin says:

    What a beautiful dish! It looks like something that would be served at a fancy steakhouse. Love all the Gruyère too :)

  7. Margaret says:

    My hubs is a potato in a human body, so I will HAVE to try this. Looks soooooo good.!!!!!

  8. Manggy says:

    Agh, you’re telling me. Last time I mandolined potatoes, they turned brown before I could even layer them. I guess that’s not a problem? You should totally pull an Ina Garten and zoom everything (cheese, taters) through the grating/slicing disc of your food processor. I mean, with that final result I totally think it’s worth the effort anyway :)

  9. Bunny says:

    This looks good ..so good in fact that I don’t think I’d want to share it!

  10. Sara says:

    That looks A-mazing. I do the same thing to myself too, I pick things to make and then when it comes time, I just can’t bring myself to cook anything. That is when Mr. Chen’s come in handy.

  11. Ellie says:

    Looks delish!!

  12. WEndy says:

    I love this! It sounds and looks very delicious.

  13. Katie says:

    This looks superb and exactly what I need for my side dish tonite to cook with my husband for our date nite!

  14. Oh, these look delicious!! I can’t wait to try this

  15. caro says:

    oh this looks so good. we’re getting potatoes this week in the csa box, so this is definitely on the list.

  16. Erin says:

    I love versions of scalloped potatoes, and this sounds great. Making it in a tart pan is a great presentation idea. Gruyere cheese is teh best potato topping, too!

  17. Jerri says:

    i have never met a potato i didn’t like. i think i would like this one too…

  18. Shelley says:

    Made this for my anniversary dinner last night. I used shallots and leeks. Really great recipe and worth the work! Thanks for helping make my dinner special!!

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