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.
Jamie's Lyonnaise Potato Cake
Courtesy Jamie Oliver
9 potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
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!