Sunday, March 14, 2010
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've been looking for something that I could serve with eggs on a leisurely Sunday morning. This creation is basically a breakfast pizza that uses thin sliced potatoes as its crust. The concept of potato pizzas is not new, and the ingredients used to make them are as varied as the cooks who assemble them. I've used the most simple of ingredients to assemble mine and this particular version is much like an Italian tomato pie. I have another version that uses ingredients associated with Mexican cooking for a pie with a more south of the border flair. The basic difference between the two is the type of cheese and sausage used to assemble the pie. This is not the easiest of dishes to prepare. It requires a lot of peeling, slicing and dicing that will be off-putting to some, but much of the work can be done prior to assembly if a little care is taken with ingredient storage. The potatoes are the real culprit. They'll begin to oxidize and turn gray soon after they're sliced. I've found this can be prevented if they are covered with acidulated water and refrigerated. Simply add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the water covering the potatoes to hold graying at bay. The potatoes and tomatoes must be as dry as possible before they are baked. I use a mandolin to slice the potatoes. It's not necessary to slice them this way, but you will get more uniform slices if the proper equipment is used. When I make this tart, I prepare all the ingredients ahead of time and don't do any assembly until I'm ready to begin cooking. I have a friend who assembles and cooks the tart the night before she plans to serve it. She reheats it a microwave just before serving. I must admit it tastes just fine when prepared this way, but color and texture are affected. Bob and I had this for a late breakfast this morning. I topped our slices with eggs, fried for him and poached for me. It was a quite pleasant way to begin the day. Here's the base recipe.
Potato Tart...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound smoked garlic sausage, thinly sliced
1 pound Idaho potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1-1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, cut in 1/2-inch slices
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons coarsely cracked black pepper
1-1/4 cups shredded Provolone cheese
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2) Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet. Add sausage and cook for 3 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from pan with slotted spoon and transfer to paper toweling to drain. Working in batches, add potatoes and cook until tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and spread in prepared baking pan. Top with sausage. Cover with sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with oregano and salt and pepper. Spread grated cheeses over tomato layer.
3) Bake for 25 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into serving pieces. Transfer carefully to individual plates. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
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