Thursday, April 15, 2010

Delmonico Potatoes

I'll tell ya right now. This dish is a pain in the butt to make. It takes a number of ingredients and steps and attention. But, damn, is it worth it. Some of the best potatoes ever. Not overly cheesey, with a clean cream, chicken broth, and lemony taste with a hint of nutmeg.

Truly a great potato side-dish.

Recipe Source: adapted from Cook's Country December/January 2009 via My Kitchen Cafe

3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon grated zest and 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
5 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed and patted dry with paper towels
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

 Heat oven to 450 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in 2 cups cream, 1 cup broth, Yukon Golds, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are translucent at the edges and the mixture is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes (the potatoes should not be cooked all the way through). Off the heat, stir in the lemon zest and juice.

Transfer the potato mixture to a 9X13-inch baking dish and bake until bubbling around the edges and the surface is just golden, about 20 minutes. While the potatoes are baking, melt the remaining butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the shredded potatoes until they are just beginning to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining cream, remaining broth, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 1/2 cup cheese and 2 tablespoons green onions. Remove the baking dish from the oven and top with the shredded potato mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and continue to bake until the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let the potatoes cool for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and serve.

And I have to admit, as soon as I took these out of the oven, I just HAD to start nibbling at a corner. Ya know why? Watch this short video, and you'll see why....


Pamela said...

Nice work with the bubbling vid!

Becca said...

OMG Those look delicious! I think I have only had them in restaurants :/

Debbie said...

The video is great! Hearing it bubble is the perfect ending to your post. These will be great for one of our Sunday Family dinners.

Carey said...

Clicked over to your site from Baking Bites' Bites from other Blogs post. These look amazing and so yummy. this may just hit the table this weekend.

Off to drool some more over your recipes and pictures.

Anonymous said...

I made these after they were featured on Cooks Country. AMAZING!! However, I went back to the site to get the recipe again and now it's "Premium Content", not FREE and I couldn't see the recipe, so you saved me from having to pay for something that used to be free. Because having made them and tasted them, THEY ARE WORTH PAYING FOR THE RECIPE!! Thanks again.