Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Evening Meal

Behold this evening’s creation: Slavko’s Bacon and Leek Potato Gratin.


3 rashers of dry cure, smoked back bacon
1 leek, finely sliced
1 clove of garlic, crushed
½ Bramley cooking apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 largish potato, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tbsp crème fraîche
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 oz Cheddar cheese, grated
3 tbsp milk
Salt and pepper, to taste


First, par-boil the potatoes for around five minutes (or else microwave them for a minute or so – you don’t want them to be too hard, which they will be if they’re not heated in some way before they go into the oven). While you’re doing so, dry fry the bacon and remove from the pan once done. Then, add the butter and gently sauté the leeks for about five minutes. Stir in the garlic and apple and cook for a further two minutes. Next, add the lemon juice and black pepper. Return the bacon to the mix, and transfer the ensemble to a deep, buttered, oven-proof ramekin dish. Arrange the potato slices on top, mix the crème fraîche, milk and mustard together, season, and pour over the potatoes. Cover with foil and cook in a preheated oven at Gas Mark 6 for about 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle over the cheese, and return to the oven for about 20 minutes more. Finally, serve with a green salad. (Or even a blue salad, if you can find one)


If sex were ever made illegal, this would be an equally pleasurable substitute.


Anonymous said...

Not kosher, not halal.

Joe Slavko said...

But delicious nonetheless.