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Saturday, April 30, 2005

New Orleans Cuisine - Brabant Potatoes Recipe

This is a simple side dish popular in New Orleans Cuisine. It's very quick and easy to make, and it will accompany just about any entree. The Recipe:

Brabant Potatoes Recipe

2 1/2 Cups Vegetable Oil
2 Large Idaho Potatoes
1/2 Stick Unsalted Butter, cut in pieces
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
2 tsp Italian Parsley, Finely Minced

Scrub the Potatoes and cut into 1/2" dice (you can peel these if you prefer). Soak these in cold water for about 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and wash under cold water, the object is to remove some of the starch. Drain and pat dry with paper towels, you want them very dry.
Heat the Oil to 360-375 degrees in a 2 qt saucepan. Deep fry the potatoes until golden brown, in batches, you don't want to overcrowd the pan (see note). Drain on dry paper towels.
In a saute pan heat the Olive Oil over medium low heat and saute the garlic until fragrant, add the parsley and the butter, incorporating it in by constantly shaking the pan back and forth. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and pour over the potatoes, serve immediately.

Serves 2-3

**Note**
Overcrowding the pan when deep-frying does two things:
1. Keeps the oil from surrounding the potatoes
2. Lowers the temperature of the oil too quickly, which will result in soggy and greasy food, as opposed to crisp. When your temperature is too low, the food absorbs the oil in like a sponge.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cate said...

Hmmmm, those potatoes sound yummy. Might make a good side dish for a dinner party I'm having Sunday. Like your blog!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Danno said...

Thanks! Brabant Potatoes will compliment just about any entree.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Frying the potatoes twice will give you and extra crispy tater. I like to fry once, let them rest, make the garlic butter sauce and then fry them again, immediately tossing them w/the sauce as the tots come out of the oil.

11:11 AM  

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