Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rosti (n) /roh-stee/ - anything shredded and fried in a portland basement

This falls under tasty and somewhat messy. It follows the rule that "even if you don't generally like something, it probably tastes good fried." If you like celeriac and radishes, so much the better.

Celeriac and Radish Rostis


1 celeriac bulb (sub 3 large potatoes if you prefer)
1 bunch radishes (approximately 250g)
1 small bunch carrots (approximately 300g)

4 tbsp all-purpose flour
salt / pepper to taste
1 tbsp sprinkleable thyme
1 tbsp finely diced (or granulated) garlic

4 individual tbsp olive oil

Shred carrots, radish bulbs, and peeled celeriac bulb into a good sized bowl. Squeeze excess moisture out of mixture (use the bottom of another bowl, or squeeze handfuls of the mixture over the sink. Trust me, this helps). Mix flour and spices into the... mix. Take a picture.
Did you take your picture yet? Here's mine. Yours doesn't need to include a dish brush.

Prep a plate to receive the rostis by layering some paper towels on it. Add one tablespoon of the olive oil to a large, flat pan over medium-high heat. Create smallish patties of the shredded mixture and gingerly place them in the oil once the oil is warm (shimmery). Use a spatula or similar device or you may get injured and I may get sued. That would suck.

Take another picture.

Cook patties for approximately 3 minutes on each side, waiting until underside is brown and crispy before flipping. If you nudge one of the rostis and it moves easily in one piece, it is probably ready to flip.

These ones aren't quite ready to flip.

Here are some flipped rostis. Note the lovely brown color, like McDonald's hasbrowns. If they look like Denny's hashbrowns, you probably should have waited. Actually these ones have some burnt spots... maybe I waited too long? Nah, I like burnt spots.

Scoop out the rostis once they are finished on both sides and place them on the paper towels. Remove any excess bits if you are worried about them scorching, add more olive oil and more rostis, and repeat until the shredded mixture runs out.

Blot and serve. Serving suggestions: Some sort of creamy topping, such as sour cream or a creamy aoili, would be great. They are similar to potato pancakes, so if you have a preferred serving style for those, it should apply. The carrots will make them mildly sweet, maybe like sweet potato pancakes.
I had mine with an avocado aioli mixture, similar to the dipping sauce I use when eating artichokes, except with avocado.

The recipe is add ingredients to a bowl and mix. The ingredients are one avocado, two tablespoons of mayonaisse, a splash of soy sauce, a splash of balsamic vinegar, a few grinds of black pepper, a smidge of spicy mustard, and a tablespoon of diced garlic.

Mush up and enjoy.

This color indicates I added too much soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. The mayonaisse may have also been extraneous given the creaminess of the avocado. If you try it, let me know what you think.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Apple Galette: Redux

Last time it was funny, but tasty. This time, just tasty. I made a new Apple Galette because I still had a ton of apples. This time I used a wider mix of apples (red delicious, fuji, granny smith), more cinnamon, no nutmeg (though the nutmeg wasn't exactly a bad idea; just wanted something cinnamony instead of nutmegy this time), lemon juice (instead of limeade), and caramel.

The caramel was homemade using awesome organic sugar and organic whipping cream. I didn't take any pics of it simmering, but its not exactly a special recipe, so I give you permission to JFGI.

For more about galetting, check the previous post. This one is going to be about pictures from here on. The images are larger than usual, so feel free to click on them for some closeup appley goodness.

Oh, you can't see the pictures. Well, the galette was prepared with spiral-sliced apples from an apple slicer, so the ends of the apples still had some peel on them. I don't have any strong objections to apple peel, do you?

It was steamy coming out.
Unpeeled apples and caramel. Winning combination? I think so.
Serving suggestion: A la mode