Sunday, September 4, 2011

French Cooking Made Easy by Richard Grausman

I am in love with this book.  IN LOVE!

This book has brought a passion to French cooking I knew was inside of me and it was just dying to come out.  I was always intimidated because French cooking is grand and difficult.  Well it's not difficult thanks to this book.  If you love cooking you have to get this book.

As I was creating savory puff pastry I was picturing myself in France and how Julia Child must have had a ball there.  It's easy to fall in love with French cuisine and you can too.
Feed your family delicious easy to prepare fresh, delicious, food from scratch.

I just started this book.  I might even try every recipe in this book.  However today I made Pomme de Terre Dauphine, pg,203 Potato Puffs. There is a beautiful section in this book with a few pages   about one of my most loved vegetables.  The potato.

What makes Potato Puffs special? They are light, fluffy and a delicious way to make potatoes. It's mashed potato with Savory Cream Puff pastry.  Oh my as my heart flutters with delight.

I added spinach so my toddler could get some extra greens. Because you know...I made these just for him. Hahaha.

Don't use a food processor when you want to mash the potatoes.  It will make it pasty.
Get your masher out and with lovingly thoughts mash that potato.  I never cook angry, the food always turns out awful and everyone is miserable after it too! It's all about "energy" when cooking.

What you need:

1 1/2 pds of yukon gold potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed(no cream, just add salt, pepper and mash)
Savory Cream Puff Pastry (pg 221, get the book, LOL!)
1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp pf pepper
2 quarts of vegetable or peanut oil for deep frying

This is really easy to make and takes no time. This would be a delicious as a h'or dourve as well. A little Aioli on top with fresh Lox? The Potato Puffs are best served warm.

So while my potatoes and spinach were cooking I made my savory cream puff pastry. Yes, you have to get the book for the recipe.

Savory Cream Puff Pastry consists of water, butter, salt, pepper, flour and eggs.

Mix all that in with the mashed potatoes.  Get your oil nice and hot to 375F and drop teaspoon 's of this heavenly mixture.

I made them into little pancake shapes because my tot will devour these and it's easier for him to hold, dip and enjoy.

Now I do apologize.  I have no idea how people take those fantastic food photo's.  I will research it so I can offer beautiful photo's that go with the recipes. 

These are crispy on the outside and inside they are soft and delicious. Easy to make and awesome.
Ideally these are best served with roasted meats like beef, lamb, chicken and turkey.

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Next up, Chocolate Mousse....

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