February 4, 2011

Not a Worst Cook!

Anyone else watch Worst Cooks in America????  I love it.  One reason being is that they are really teaching these people how to cook unlike the cooking shows that assume you know the basics.  An episode or so ago they made Potatoes Anna, which is like a simple version of Potatoes au Gratin.  It is made in a non-stick skillet and potatoes are layered with cheese and oil and it's cooked in the oven until they are nice and tender.  Sounds pretty easy...And these "worst cooks in America" could make it, so I should be able to do it.  And they were the perfect complement to our made-inside-steaks.

Potatoes Anna
2 Idaho potatoes
2 T. butter
1/4 c. olive oil
3/4 c. grated Parmersean cheese
Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Slice the potatoes using a mandolin to 1/8" and while slicing the potatoes, melt the butter in an 8" oven proof non stick skillet.  Once the butter has melted, layer the potatoes starting in the center and spiraling out (it gives the top the nice pretty pattern).  Keep the heat on medium low - this will give the bottom/future top layer the nice brown color.  After you finish a layer, sprinkle some salt and cheese and drizzle with a little olive oil.  Repeat with layers until all the potato slices are used.  Should take just a few minutes and work as quickly as possible before the potatoes start to discolor.  They turn kinda pink....it's weird.  When you complete the top layer, drizzle with the remaining olive oil (no salt or cheese) and put in the oven for 30 minutes.  Now here comes the tricky part.  After 30 minutes, remove the potatoes from the oven and drain off any excess oil.  Using a large plate or the top to the skillet (it needs to be bigger than the skillet), place it against the skillet edge and flip the skillet over so the potatoes are now bottom side up on the plate.  Slide them back into the skillet and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes until they are nice and tender.  Remove and serve hot in slices like a pizza!

Aren't these so pretty?!  I think they would be a great dinner party item (serves 4-6 depending on the slices) since they look so upscale and fancy.  And they can be kept warm in a low oven so can be made ahead.  I would just cook them a little less if that's the plan.  But I totally think these look like they came from a fancy restaurant, even though they are very very easy!  And this morning, the leftovers are my breakfast with a fried egg and some hot sauce!!

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