They came out delicious! Sort of pretty, as far as presentation goes... but the taste! Man! So delicious! The lemons were thin enough that they sort of candied and you could eat them, rind and all, a fantastic flavour along with the potato and shallots. The potatoes had so many different textures... some on the outside were as crispy as potato chips, the tops crisped up great, the bottoms were just tender, delicious, seasoned potatoes. I loved this dish, and I am not a lover of potatoes!
I chose some Off With Their Heads for this recipe - "Nightlife". I dig this band. I swore I had used them before on a recipe, but I can't find anything... so here we go. -jen
SKILLET POTATOES WITH SHALLOTS AND LEMON
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 75-90 minutes
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 large shallots
- 2 large lemons
- 4 medium garlic cloves
- 3 large baking potatoes, skin on (we used russet)
- 1 tablespoon Caldo de Pollo (dried bouillon - optional)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
- 2 tablespoons bacon fat (if you don't keep bacon fat, you can just use 2 more tbsp of butter)
- 1/2 a lemon, juiced
- one-gallon-size Ziplock bag
- 12" cast iron skillet
Using a mandolin, thinly slice shallots, lemons, garlic cloves and potatoes. (If you don't have a mandolin, just make sure you slice everything super thin... like a potato chip.) Place the sliced potatoes into the gallon-size Ziplock bag. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil, Caldo de Pollo, salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne. Seal bag and use your hands to move the potatoes around and really mix it all up, separating all the sliced pieces so everything gets coated.
Arrange one layer of potatoes around the outer most edge of the skillet. Once neatly arranged, carefully intersperse 1/3 of the lemon and shallot slices between the potatoes. Repeat with a second and third layer inside the first. Once the skillet is full, sprinkle the garlic slices over the top. Melt the butter and the bacon fat (about 30-45 seconds in the microwave). Pour all across the arranged potatoes. I sprinkled a little more salt and pepper over the top.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 75 minutes. Using a fork, test by piercing the center potatoes. The fork should easily pierce the potatoes when cooked through. If there's resistance, bake for another 15 minutes and fork-test again. Baking times may vary since potato sizes vary and how tightly you arrange them - if your potatoes were bigger than mine, it could take up to 90 minutes. Just keep fork testing every 15 minutes after the first 75 minutes.
When potatoes pass the fork-test and are golden brown, remove from oven and pour the lemon juice over the top while hot. Serve hot (we served it with homemade pesto over the top).
|Topped with homemade basil pesto|