Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jamie Oliver's Lyonnaise Potato Cake

The next stop in our FNCCC journey is Jamie Oliver. Several of his recipes looked good and several made me wonder how many billions of stores I'd have to go to in order to find all of the ingredients! I'd like to try his Homemade Tomato Ketchup at some point, but I had a big bag of potatoes that were on their way out and decided to try the Lyonnaise Potato Cake recipe instead.

Lyonnaise Potato Cake

Jamie's Lyonnaise Potato Cake
Courtesy Jamie Oliver

9 potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
Olive oil
2 onions, sliced
Small handful thyme leaves
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees/Gas 6).

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the potatoes, and parboil them for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and set aside. Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the onions gently with the thyme leaves until meltingly soft. Add the balsamic vinegar and remove from heat. Remove onions to a plate.

Using the same pan (no need to wash it), lay half the potatoes in the bottom and season with salt and pepper. Follow with the onions in 1 layer, seasoning again, then the rest of the potatoes. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes.

The Verdict: These were just okay. I did everything according to the instructions (with the exception of transfering things into a baking dish since none of my pans would actually FIT in my oven). They weren't gross but they weren't all that great, so I probably won't make them again. There are other ways to eat potatoes that I like better and I figure if I'm going to ingest the carbs I might as well enjoy them!


Candi said...

Well they look good! Too bad they weren't great. I saw the episode of him making the ketchup. He's one of my favorite chefs. I set our DVR to record his show "Jamie at Home". He cooks everything from his home garden. So brilliant!

Susie said...

I am sorry that they didn't turn out and I hope you feel better soon.

Wizardress said...

I hope you feel better soon!!

I love Jamie- but sorry to hear that these weren't gresat. I'm with you on the carbs. I love potatoes but try to avoid them and IF i'm going to ingest it has to be something I love.


Anonymous said...

What is it about Jamie? Everything always sounds so much better in theory than it tastes. I bought the Cooking Revolution and everything is just...okay. Very bland. Don't mind his meatball recipe though, although now I add Montreal Steak Spice to give it some zip.

Sarah said...

Too bad. Maybe things are just too naked - he needs to kick it up a notch!

I have made the spicy sweet potato fries from last week THREE times in the past week. I cannot get enough of them! They are too good and too easy :)

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