Prep 0 mins
Cook 40 mins
Le Commensal's recipe again. Who am I to deny a request right? This recipe is the restaurant's so it will not be changed or modified. Le Commensal has remained popular with Montrealers since opening at 2115 St. Denis in 1977. From the Gazette, 91/01/16
- 1 1⁄3 cups buckwheat groats
- 2 cups water
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
- 2 medium onions, thin sliced
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1⁄2 cup tamari
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Kasha: Thoroughly rinse the groats and discard water. In a medium saucepan, bring required water to a boil. Add rinsed groats. Cover. Reduce heat to low and cook groats for 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the groats are fluffy.
- Sweet-Potato Puree: Cut sweet potatoes in halves and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, or cut in chunks and boil for 30 - 40 minutes, or microwave chunks for about 7 minutes. Remove skins and discard. If using the onions, melt the butter in a medium skillet, and add onions. Cook over medium-high heat until the onions are translucent ~- about 4 minutes. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mash sweet potatoes. Add sauteed onions, milk, salt and pepper.
- Garlic Sauce In a small bowl, blend tamari with vegetable oil and garlic. Combine the three parts of the recipe: spoon kasha into a serving dish; drizzle with garlic sauce. Top with sweet potato mixture. Serve hot.
I thought this was yummy. I wish I'd made a whole batch, rather than a half. Made a couple of little changes - left the skin on the potatoes and added a pinch of powdered ginger to the sauce. Boyfriend added tomatoes to his - felt it was a little salty due to the amount of tamari. I microwaved the potatoes and it turned out to be a quick healthy meal with room to add in whatever might be in season.
I'm sorry, but the combination of things just didn't cut it for us. We went out for pizza.
Fantastic. New, (at least for me) exotic in its way. Proof that the right combination of bland and inexpensive can indeed make an eating event. I did find that 2 cups water to 1/3 cup groats was too much, at least for this altitude (5,400 ft.) And next time, I will us less water. Note: Suzanne was lukewarm toward this meal. Our three sons would not touch it.