One Potato, Two Potato

April 4th, 2009

We are back from our motorcycle trip south. Instead of going to Sanibel we decided to ride A1A, which skirts the east coast of Florida. We had beautiful ocean views the whole way and ended up stopping in Jupiter, near Palm Beach. Now I have to tell you, I could not be near Palm Beach without shopping on Worth Avenue.

Every famous designer in the world has a shop on this posh avenue. Above is the Hermes store. David was thrilled that I came away empty- handed. I mean really – would you pay $980.00 for flowered beach pants? I think not. Instead I spent my money on a lovely lunch of Cuban crab cakes with black beans and rice and a nice white zinfandel.

Now that we are back in Palm Coast I am cleaning the refrigerator and pantry in preparation for our return to Lake Lure. I had sprouting potatoes that needed to be put to good use, so I made a potato galette, pictured above. I love potato dishes. If you hand me two baking potatoes, my first thoughts are not of baked potatoes, but something more complicated like a gratin or a scalloped casserole. And I am always on the look out for good recipes. We had a wonderful signature potato dish at a bistro in Jupiter and I am going to see if I can get the recipe from the chef. I ‘ll report back if I have any success. It is best to use russet or Idaho potatoes for galettes as they are starchier and you need that for them to adhere into a cake. The outside is crispy and the interior is creamy with flecks of thyme. Four wrinkly, knobby potatoes were turned into a thing of beauty. The magic of cooking!


4 medium Idaho or russet potatoes, peeled
3 Tbls butter, divided
4 sprigs of fresh thyme, minced

Melt 1 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a 10 inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Grate potatoes and add thyme leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Add to skillet and press down and cook until underside is nicely browned. Place a plate over the skillet and invert potato cake onto the plate. Add 1 1/2 tablespoon more butter to skillet and slide potato cake back in to brown the second side. Serves 4.

Printable recipe

10 responses to “One Potato, Two Potato”

  1. Those potatoes sound great! I love potatoes Gratin too. Have a safe trip back to Lake Lure. I look forward to meeting you!

  2. girlichef says:

    This looks so simple and delicious…thyme is my fave herb…paired with potato & butter- yum!

  3. Mary says:

    I love a good galette. This one really looks good. I’m glad to make the acquaintance of another who does not like to waste.

  4. Natashya says:

    I haven’t tried this style of spuds before – sounds awesome. I love that stoneware plate it’s on too.

  5. Elle says:

    New to your blog, but will be back. Love the photo of your drool worthy kitchen as header.
    This potato dish looks so good but sounds simple to make. I like the addition of the thyme. Yum!

  6. Ah, now this looks good; I love potatoes!

    Your trip sounded lovely.

  7. Penny says:

    Thanks all for responding. For some reason I can not leave comments on your posts. Is it the April Fools virus? Hope not.

  8. melissa says:

    Thanks for the remarks on my post Penny. Much appreciated.

    I think the crabcakes were a better bet than the designer duds. Love the potato dish. If you really like potatoes so much, you should take part in the Potato Ho-Down. I have no investment in it, just thought you may be interested. 🙂

    By the way, I LOOOOOVE your kitchen. That’s so close to my dream kitchen I see for myself. Beautiful.

  9. Penny says:

    Thanks Melissa. Will check out the potato hodown. It took many years to come up with my new kitchen. Your kitchen is so organized and clean.That is something I need to work on… so much dust from construction, but the screened in porch is a breath of fresh air. When I get back i will post pictures.

  10. coffeepot says:

    I am so envious of your trip! Your kitchen and galette are beautiful.

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