Friday, November 30, 2007

Cooking with Claire and Rufus

This is a recipe that is very tasty and serves as good comfort food. That is to say, if you eat this every day, you will eventually die of a heart attack. Also, I should mention that I think we learned how to make this from the Food Network. Hopefully, they will not sue us.

5 strips of bacon
1 tbsp butter
1 onion- chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 waxy potatoes- peeled and cubed
salt and pepper to season
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese

1. Basically, everything gets fried here. The first thing to go in the frying pan is the bacon. You want to cut the bacon into 1-2 inch pieces. It's not the most elegant method, perhaps, but I found that it's hard to cut bacon with a knife, and quite easy with kitchen scissors!

2. After frying the bacon, you want to save about a tablespoon of fat.

3. Using that tablespoon of fat and a tablespoon of butter, you next want to fry the onions.

Here we have the onions in the frying pan. You want to cook them until they turn clear. I personally love the smell of frying onions.

At the end of frying the onions, add the two cloves of garlic to the pan and cook them for a bit.

4. Remove everything from the pan, deglaze the pan, and add balsamic vinegar. Now add the cubed potatoes to the pan. Cook the potatoes until brown without stirring much. This takes about fifteen minutes.

5. Once you've cooked the potatoes, return the other ingredients to the pan. Here we have the browned potatoes, onions, and bacon.

Sprinkle on the grated Gruyère cheese, and cook on medium heat for an additional 10-15 minutes, and it's ready to go.

And this is what it looks like when it's done. I don't know if it's obvious from the picture, but it really is delicious.

Like I said, it's not exactly health food, but if you're hungry, it does the trick!


gregvw said...

That looks tasty. It's actually a bit similar to a local dish here called the Tiroler Gröstl. The main difference being that the Gröstl has roast beef in it also.

Rufus said...

I'll look for the recipe. It's also somewhat similar to the Canadian specialty known as poutine, which is pretty much just fries, melted cheese curds, and gravy. It's ideal, however, for when you have been drinking for too long and are looking to get some solids into your system.

Holly said...