Friday, June 27, 2008

Purple Potato Gratin

So, I'm strolling the produce section at Whole Foods last week, and what do I see?...Purple potatoes! I didn't think twice...I snatched them up, excited about making some sort of fun, purple dish.

I googled purple potato recipes and a plethora of different things came up. I decided to not go too crazy...I mean, I was using PURPLE potatoes after all...haha. I chose to stick with a classic gratin recipe. I came across THIS recipe at "Eating Out Loud." It looked and sounded delish.

Sadly, I didn't have any bacon on-hand. I know...tragic, right?? This dish would have been so much better with the bacon. I also didn't have any shallots, but I used an onion instead.
"Purple Potatoes also called Blue Potatoes or Delta Blues truly are naturally purple! This is from the same powerful antioxidant that give blueberries their brilliant color. Purple Peruvian Potatoes were some of the first potatoes harvested. They were saved for Inca kings. Used in Mexican cooking, purple potatoes are gaining popularity in the U.S. They have a naturally creamy flavor and texture and hold their shape well for salads."
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup grated cheese
2 lbs purple potatoes, unpeeled and sliced thinly
1 cup sliced shallots (I used one onion)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 slices bacon
1/2 cup grated parmesan
Salt & Pepper, to taste

To make the gratin sauce place the butter into a small pan and melt. Add flour and stir to combine, cooking over medium heat for about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and stir until thickened. Stir in cheese, when melted remove from heat. Salt and pepper to taste.

In a frying pan, add the olive oil and shallots. Sautee until shallots are slightly brown and carmelized. Remove from the pan. Add bacon and cook until cooked through but not crispy (it will get crispy in a later portion of the recipe, don't worry). Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces.

Grease a gratin dish or shallow baking dish. Add half of the sliced potatoes to the dish. Sprinkle the shallots over the potato layer. Add the remaining potato slices to the dish. Pour the gratin sauce over the top of the potatoes, spooning into any visible cracks and crevices. Top with parmesan cheese. As a final step, add the bacon over the top. Place into a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

Source: Allen's Food Blog @ Eating Out Loud

1 comment:

Emily said...

I lived in Peru the first time I saw purple potatos. I remember thinking "how odd" but I must say they grew on me. Potatos originated in Peru so we exparimented with many verietys when we were there. I have to confess that I'm actually not a big fan of potatos but I'm always up for new things so prehaps I will have to try this recipe sometime.