Friday, March 18, 2011
Beef Pommes Anna
But, as you know me by now, I always put a little twist on what is "conventional", and Pommes Anna was no different.
As I got out my mandolin, and figured out how to use it, as it really was the first time I'd ever done so, usually preferring to use a good ol' knife technique, I tried to think what I was going to do. I did not have any cheese to put between the layers, so what to do...?
I had planned to make meat balls and thought "why not just combine it all together?" So, I did. Served with fried eggs, this was a delicious dinner, but would make an amazing breakfast also, replacing regular hashed browns with Pommes Anna. You could also substitute the beef filling with corned beef, mixed with some finely diced onions. I think I will try that version for Sunday morning brunch!
And, as per usual, this is really easy to make, and it does not take long either.
Happy Cooking, Happy Eating!
8 medium-size potatoes, sliced very thinly using a mandolin
1/4 lb lean ground beef
Garlic salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Leyla's House Steak Rub*
Oil (to grease pan)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1. Grease the bottom and sides of an oven-proof round pan.
2. Lay the first layer of potatoes in a circular pattern starting in the center of the pan and working your way out. Brush lightly with butter and a little salt and pepper (you will repeat the butter brushing, salt and pepper on each layer of potatoes). Place layers of sliced potatoes until half the potatoes are used.
3. Place ground beef mix and spread it thinly as a layer.
4. Add another layer of potatoes, butter brush, salt, and pepper, over top of the beef, and continue with the layers until all the potatoes have been used.
5. Place pan over high heat and fry for about 5 minutes until golden brown. If you are using a frying pan, drain some of the oil off and "flip" the potato cake over using the lid as an aid. If you are using a deeper pot and can not do this, omit this step.
6. Place pan into a hot (450*F, 230*C or Gas mark 8) for 25 - 30 minutes.
7. With the help of a lid, drain off as much of the fat as possible. Place a plate over the pan, and over the sink, and in one motion, flip the pan upside down onto the plate. The Beef Pommes Anna will flip right out. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before cutting it and serving it.
* Leyla House Steak Rub
In a bowl, mix together:
Fresh ground black pepper