Sunday, July 27, 2008

POTATOES BAKED WITH PARMIGIANO

A Tribute To Sherry "Sher" Cermak (1948-2008)
"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."
~ Eskimo Saying ~

From the very day I had discovered Sherry's wonderful blog "What Did You Eat?" (USA) back in 2006, I never stopped raving over her mouthwatering recipes and hilariously funny cat/squirrel posts. All of her dishes looked so appealing and her love for animals was undeniable...

Unfortunately, until now, I have not been able to test any of her scrumptious recipes, but her creations have nonetheless inspired me as a homecook and homebaker. As, this week, foodbloggers all over the world will be making one of the recipes from her blog, and then posting the recipe on their own blog (see infos here & here), I can finally remediate to that situation. So, in rememberance of the sweet and witty Sher, I have decided to blog about her "Potatoes Bakes With Parmiginano" recipe (see her post) which has caught my attention.

If I had had a little more time this weekend, I would surely have baked either her "High-Rise's Cornbread" or her "Spinach And Feta Cheese Yeast Bread". Anyway, I promise that I'll make those gorgeous loaves in the near future.

As there are so many other recipes that I'd love to test, I really hope that Sher's blog will stay open in order for us to remember her through the marvelous dishes that she shared with us and her awesome cat/squirrel posts. In that way, we'd still be able to feel the positive vibrations which she communicated to us via this much loved blog.

I am already missing Sher's warm and friendly presence within the food and cat blogospheres as I cherished each of her posts and always waited for them with much excitement! Her sudden as well as tragic disappearance has shocked and saddened me deeply. It is clearly a loss that affects me as an individual, animal/cat lover, blogger buddy and member of The Daring Bakers...

Needless to say that this recipe was an absolute hit as this speciality's yum factor is high! Even my boyfriend who isn't very fond of potatoes ate this dish with much appetite and had a second serving!

This Italian version/cousin of the French "Gratin Dauphinois" is incredibly scrumptious and flavorful. The potatoes melt in the mouth and pair fantastically with the cream, nutmeg and Parmesan in order to create one the most luscious gratins I have ever eaten. Highly satisfying. Comfort food at it's best!

~ Potatoes Baked With Parmigiano ~
Recipe by Biba Caggiano "A Taste Of Italy".


Serves 3-4 people.

Ingredients:
6 Large boiling potatoes (5 pounds/2.25kg)
A small pinch of grated nutmeg
3/4 Cup Cream (or milk/I used 35% fat cream)

Salt, to taste
1/2 Cup Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
2 to 5 Tbs Unsalted butter

Method:
1. Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until they are tender, but still show resistance.

2. Cool and peel, then slice into 6mm (1/4 inch) rounds.
3. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400° F).
4. Butter a dish and layer the potatoes into it, overlapping them.

5. Mix the nutmeg in the milk/cream and pour pour over the potatoes.
6. Season with salt and sprinkle the cheese on top.
7. Dot with the butter.
8. Cook in the oven in the middle rack, for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dish has browned to your satisfaction.
9. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Remarks:
I used 1kg (2 pounds) potatoes instead of the quantity requested and kept the same quantity cream/milk/seasoning.

Once you've placed the potatoes in the dish and covered them with the liquid (point 5), you can refrigerate the dish overnight and cook it the next day. You can even cook it and then reheat it the next day (it tastes even better that way!).

Serving suggestions:
Use as accompaniment to meat or sausages and serve with a seasonal
salad.

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~ Gratin De Pommes De Terre Au Parmesan ~
Recette de Biba Caggiano, tirée de son livre "A Taste Of Italy".

Pour 3 à 4 personnes.

Ingrédients:

6 Grosses pommes de terre fermes(~2.25kg)
Une pincée de noix de muscade en poudre/moulue
3/4 de Tasse de Crème (35 % de mat. grasses/j'ai utilisé de la crème) ou de lait
Sel, à volonté
1/2 Tasse de Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) fra
îchement râpé
2 à 5 CS de beurre non-salé

Méthode:
1. Mettre les pommes de terre dans une grande casserole et couvrir d'eau. Porter à ébulition et cuire jusqu'à ce que les pommes de terre soient tendres, mais toujours légèrement fermes.
2. Laisser refroidir et peler, puis couper en rondelles de 6mm d'épa
isseur.
3. Préchauffer le four à 200°C (400° F).

4. Beurrer un plat à gratin et déposer les pommes de terre en les superposant.
5. Mélanger la noix de muscade au lait/à la crème et verser sur les
pommes de terre.
6. Saler et saupoudrer avec le parmesan.

7. Déposer quelques noix de beurre.
8. Cuire au centre du four, pendant environ 20 minutes ou jusqu'à ce que le dessus du gratin soit doré à votre goût.
9. Servir chaud ou à température ambiante.

Remarques:
J'ai seulement utilisé 1kg de pommes de terre pour la même quantité de liquide (crème/lait) et d'assaisonnement.
Une fois que vous êtes arrivé au point 5, vous pouvez mettre le plat au frigo, jusqu'au lendemain et terminer la recette à ce moment-là. Vous pouvez aussi
cuire le gratin à l'avance et le réchauffer le moment venu (c'est encore meilleur!).

Idées de présentation:
Servez ce plat avec de la viande ou des saucisses et accompagnez-le d'une bonne salade de saison.

May you rest in peace and have a great time in Heaven, with your mom, Upsie & Pumpkin!
All my thoughts go to her family and friends.

53 comments:

  1. Really need to give this a try..My husband loves potatoes and this dish has everything in it..Really yummy!!
    See you next week Rosa..

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  2. Il faut absolument que je teste ce gratin avec du parmesan.
    Bises
    Hélène

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  3. C'est bientôt l'heure du déjeuner, tu me fais saliver.

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  4. Tout ça donne faim!!
    Tu as toujours de bonnes idées!
    Isa

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  5. A nice tribute Rosa, it looks delicious.,

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  6. Voilà un beau gratin doré à souhait !

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  7. Rosa, This is very very nice tribute! You've chosen a beautiful flower too!
    May she rest in peace!

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  8. A lovely tribute Rosa. I love potatoes any style and these look really good. I'll have to try them soon.

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  9. a wonderful tribute to Sher and her food.
    Good choice too. I love potatoes and I guess I will have to make this one soon too!

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  10. Il me fait bien envie ce beau gratin!
    Bises

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  11. Je n'ai jamais testé avec le parmesan, ta photo me donne bien envie ! bisous !

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  12. quelle bonne idée. Cela me semble absolument délicieux.
    Bises

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  13. Rosa, this gratin looks marvelous! The second photo is so beautiful, it knocked me off my feet!

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  14. oulala ca doit etre vriment trop bon ca!!!
    pomme de terre et parmesan....MIAM

    bises

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  15. J'aime beaucoup ce type de recettes qui a l'air simple et délicieuse en même temps mais pour l'instant je me contente de saliver car pommes de terre + fromage ne font pas bon ménage pour mon régime
    bravo pour les superbes photos !

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  16. This is a wonderful tribute to Sherry:D

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  17. You wrote a lovely tribute. I'm sure that Sher would have loved your gratin!

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  18. Il est magnifique ton gratin à l'italienne! Bises :)

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  19. Un pur delice ce gratin subtilement parfumé au parmesan !! il doit être fondant !!

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  20. Un gratin bien doré sur le dessus et original avec l'ajout du parmesan.
    Bisous, Doria

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  21. A wonderful dish for a wonderful woman!

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  22. Ca me donne tres envie... J'ai faim et rien de pret...

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  23. Ce doit être un pur délice !

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  24. What a nice tribute. That recipe looks so good and easy too! Perfect.

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  25. I am collecting 20-minute recipes, and this is a good one. Look yummy and simple to cook. Thanks a lot Rosa!

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  26. She did have so many wonderful recipes didn't she? What a nice tribute you wrote.

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  27. Such a nice comforting dish. I really like your photographs.

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  28. Une triste histoire et un joli hommage.

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  29. le gratin de pommes de terre c'est un vrai délice! celui-ci à l'air vraiment bon!

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  30. J'ai une petite devinette sur mon blog,
    Bonne journee !

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  31. Pour accompagner une grillade ton gratin est parfait en plus j'adore tout ce qui est fait au parmesan

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  32. mais cela ressemble à notre gratin dauphinois.. au fromage près bien sûr, cela a l'air déliceux

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  33. What a wonderful way to honor a passionate cook!

    She will be missed.

    Blessings!
    Lacy

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  34. ça me va avec une bonne grillade!

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  35. paresan gratin looks so comfot-y so warm so inviting . surly a bookmark , this recipe :) thanks !

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  36. To potatoes looks great! This is surely a great way to remember her life and recipes.

    -DTW
    www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  37. Une très jolie manière de lui rendre hommage!

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  38. I was so, so sad to hear about her passing too. Not sure what else to say, except we'll miss her.

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  39. Such sad news about our fellow Daring Baker...

    You chose a delicious dish to make!

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  40. Dear Rosa, what a lovely recipe to remember Sher by. Your dish looks wonderful. I have some beautiful potatoes I got from a local farmer, so I might have to make this dish and think of Sher while I cook and eat. Thanks for this post.

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  41. aww yes a wonderful tribute! that sounds simply delicious and the pictures are very tempting.

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  42. Those potatoes look really good!

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  43. Your potatoes did Sherry proud. What a lovely tribute to a wonderful lady.

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  44. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS! IT'S SAD SHER ISN'T WITH US ANYMORE...

    CHEERS,

    ROSA

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    UN GRAND MERCI POUR VOS GENTILS COMMENTAIRES!

    BISES,

    ROSA

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  45. That was a really sweet tribute, Roas. Sher would have loved it!

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  46. This is so delicious looking - I will be trying it very soon. And looking at Sher's blog - sad that I didn't find it until after she was gone.

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  47. Un plat simple comme je les aime et certainement délicieux !! Je retiens l'idée ;-)
    Bises et bon weekend !

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  48. Good dish ..a beautiful grattin ..I am always available for a grattin..thx 4 sharing

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  49. I adore potatoes with cheese. This is a comfort food for me.

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