11/12/08

As The Potato Peels



When we last left Krysta... she was stranded on a deserted island with two men and a life altering decision. Should she choose the handsome and talented, Eric or the reformed bad boy, Tony?

Meanwhile back at home...

Krysta's evil identical twin, Christina Shane, has flawlessly assumed Krysta's identity. Or so Christina Shane thought.

But some in Green Valley thought something was amiss about Krysta. She just wasn't the same Krysta everyone knew and loved but no one could put their finger on what was different. The new Krysta first decided to make something decidedly French and then took a picture as she normally does, but this picture, this picture was a dead giveaway. Bad lighting and it looked gross. Not up to par with Krysta's standards.

(cue ominous music)


*so bad it's good.

It was a dark and stormy night and Christina Shane sat alone in Krysta's kitchen.

"Look away, The photo is horribly, horribly disfigured!" Christina Shane screamed to herself. "I'll never tell anybody where Krysta is! She's the evil one. I'm the good one. She's a thrice timing hussy. Eric or Tony. Ha! She had a perfectly good husband and four beautiful kids at home and she took off with those two. What an ass. Green Valley has me, a potato ho with a heart of gold. My pictures aren't great but who cares? I'll cook Green Valley all the potatoes they could ever want! Hahahahahahaha!"

What will happen next? Will Green Valley accept Christina Shane as one of their own or will she be shipped to the loony bin? Will Christina's secret identity be safe or does she need some serious meds? And who was that mysterious figure watching Christina Shane through the window? Stay tuned for the next episode of As The Potato Peels.

Truffade: (Saveur Magazine November 2008)

2 lbs. new red or other waxy potatoes
1⁄4 cup canola oil
3 strips smoked bacon, cut into 1⁄2" slices
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 oz. grated cantal or gruyère cheese *I used 16 oz of blue cheese
8 oz. farmers' cheese (such as Friendship brand)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp. finely chopped chives

Using a mandoline, cut potatoes into 1⁄16"-thick slices. Place potatoes in a bowl of cold water; set aside. Heat oil in a 12" cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring, until its fat has rendered, about 6 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander; add to the skillet. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally and crushing potatoes into small chunks with a wooden spoon, until potatoes are tender, 20–25 minutes. Add cheeses, and garlic to skillet; stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Cook, scraping bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon, until cheese is melted and the potatoes are mashed, about 5 minutes. Stir vigorously and season with salt to taste. Sprinkle with chives and pepper to taste.

Tasting notes: This dish is the ultimate potato dish. It's between skillet potatoes and scalloped potatoes. With the bonus of cheese and bacon and some little extra crispy bits of the potatoes because every potato ho knows that is the best part of the potato. Easy and adaptable too. You have to make this dish, now. It's that good.

Ideas:

Filling for savory crepes.
Serve an egg on top.
Use pepper jack cheese instead of the gruyere and farmers cheese. Add some chilies and ham.
If you are having a small thankgiving, this would be a great substitute for mashed potatoes.




This is my entry, soap opera and all, for this month's Potato Ho Down hosted by Marye from Baking Delights.

37 comments:

Anne Stesney said...

Very funny. Though judging from that dish, you and your evil twin are more alike than you're letting on.

Anne Stesney said...

Also that picture isn't so bad. I like the rustic feeling. Give Christina a break.

SaintTigerlily said...

Hilarious. I hope this is a serial.

melissa said...

I would totally eat that. The cheese and bacon dictate it.

I can hear the organ chords in my head.

"Tune in next time when Christina reveals her true intentions. What nefarious plot does she have in store?? Beware Green Valley citizens!"

DUN DUN DUN!

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

you must mail some of this to me. now.

Cheryl said...

Looks good to me! Ever thought about writing for a living?

Stacey Snacks said...

how can bacon and potatoes be bad?
Hey, what happened to the little sous chefs?? i miss them!

Krysta said...

*space case (stacey, that's what i call my sister) the sous chefs will be back with a new banner soon!

*ahhh melissa, you know me too well.

Kim said...

You make me laugh. Oh, and I want those potatoes also...they look good. Nothing like a good soap opera!

Kim said...

You make me laugh. Oh, and I want those potatoes also...they look good. Nothing like a good soap opera!

Lisa said...

Love the new header. Very classy.

I would so eat that.

rayrena said...

What are you doing to us woman? That looks so freakin' good. I can hear my arteries slamming shut but I'll die happy.

Sara said...

This sounds so delicious!

noble pig said...

I saw this in Saveur and drooled on the page. Love it....you are a true potato ho my friend.

MrOrph said...

Yeah yeah!!! I saw this too and immediately put a sticky on that page. That's gonna get done!

ntsc said...

Couldn't you at least hold a contest to see who is with you on that desert isle?

Kristin said...

I'm thinkin' heavy meds . . . FOR YOU.

Or potatoes. They're just as good as Valium.

Mental P Mama said...

Lord. Have. Mercy.

Aggie said...

That looks good Krysta...um Christina? Really good.

I love your new look!

Grace said...

potatoes, bacon, cheese, and garlic. impossible to not love.

Snooty Primadona said...

I love, love, love this recipe! Cannot wait to find time to try it. The hubby is still a meat & potatoes man at heart...

Now I've got to get busy and get mine done for The Potato Ho-Down.

Sharon said...

Hilarious. I personally think that the dish & picture look marvelous. I'd also like to see a photo of Krysta with Tony.

cook eat FRET said...

wow. that potato dish is CARAZEE
like what could be bad about that?
sign me the hell up

as for your crisis on the island... tony told me to tell you that he can't make it... maybe next time.

Mrs. L said...

Wow. This sounds awesome! Seriously, this needs to be eaten by me now.

Verivaine said...

Imposter.....I will find out what you did with the real ECM.

Verivaine

jennyonthespot said...

Cute post. Very cute-n-funny :)

Music Food and Love said...

Oh wow! I absolutely love your potato recipes.

Sarah said...

Hmm? What? Oh sorry, I was still stuck on that photo of Tony B. in the hot spring. Ahem.

Pass me a plate of those potatoes, Christina!

giz said...

My 2 cents - as long as Krysta is having a good time on the island - Christina can carry on and who really cares about good pictures anyways...wink wink.

giz said...

My 2 cents - as long as Krysta is having a good time on the island - Christina can carry on and who really cares about good pictures anyways...wink wink.

KitchenKiki said...

I love the new header!

And I think ya might have some tasty taters there too!

Caroline said...

Potatoes, cheese, bacon...nothing more needs to be said...

sam said...

Made em.....YUMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Jody said...

I love gruyere and potatos...you can NEVER go wrong!!!
Awesome Ho entry lady...

Mayberry Magpie said...

Hey, been away a while. LOVE your new banner!

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