French-style Pan Potatoes

"A delicious way to serve potatoes. The potatoes are pan-cooked in milk, covered in a yoghurt/nutmeg/garlic sauce, topped with grated cheese and placed under the grill for a couple of minutes, then served with chopped parsley on top. Adapted from a 'Pan or Wok' recipe card from International Masters Publishers."
 
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Ready In:
35mins
Ingredients:
8
Serves:
4
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ingredients

  • 900 g large waxy potatoes, such as Desiree
  • 1 14 liters milk, low-fat is fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
  • 450 g natural yoghurt, Greek-style
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch nutmeg, grated
  • 100 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped, to garnish
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directions

  • Thoroughly wash and scrub the potatoes and cut them into thin slices.
  • Add the potato slices to a non-stick pan, (one that will fit easily under the grill), pour in the milk, gently bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the potato slices are just cooked but still firm.
  • Drain the potato slices thoroughly and reserve the milk in a jug or bowl.
  • Peel, crush and finely chop the garlic.
  • Layer the drained potato slices in the pan.
  • Put the yoghurt in a bowl, season to taste, add the nutmeg and garlic and slowly stir in the reserved milk (see notes below).
  • Pour the yoghurt mixture over the potato slices, cook over a gentle heat for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Preheat the grill, remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle the cheese over the potatoes and grill the potatoes in the pan for 2-3 minutes, or until golden-brown on top.
  • Serve topped with parsley with a tomato salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and grilled fish or chicken.
  • Chef's Notes: It is important to add the warm milk to the yoghurt very slowly. If the milk is too hot or is added too quickly, the yoghurt will start to curdle. Although I have said it is okay to use low-fat milk, unless you've found a low-fat or reduced-fat cheese which actually has some flavour, I don't recommend using either of these. The ones I have tried have always been horribly bland, virtually tasteless in fact. I haven't tried this option in this particular recipe, but sometimes 50% of a low-fat cheese and 50% parmesan can be a good compromise (in this recipe, 50g of each instead of the 100g Cheddar). In view of the fat content in this dish, personally I'd prefer to simply opt for making it occasionally and enjoying it - without low-fat compromises!

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Reviews

  1. With the exception of using paprika instead of parsley I followed the recipe explicitly but unfortunately it split on me in the second stove top cooking and turned out very liquidly but 3 out of 4 still enjoyed, would look at doing again but not adding all the milk and cutting serving size back to 2 serves to feed 3 of us as a side. Thank you bluemoon downunder for a different style of potatoe bake, made for 123 Hit Wonders.
     
  2. An interesting recipe, quite easy to prepare. Somehow, potato recipes always seem to take me longer to prepare, the potatoes seem to take longer to cook than the stated times, perhaps its my stove. However, I wasn't rushed for time, I allowed for that likelihood. This made a delicious creamy cheesy potato 'bake' that we all enjoyed, and the children finished it off the next day! Thanks, bluemoon!
     
  3. A most interesting variation on the 'scalloped' potato. I couldn't find any waxy potatoes and had to use normal, baking potatoes, so the dish was probably starchier than it should have been but, nevertheless, quite delicious. I loved the subtle tang of the milk/yoghurt combination and the garlicky flavour. The pinch of nutmeg was a great touch and I'm afraid I had a heavy hand with the cheddar cheese and added twice as much (the everyone's pleasure - we all love our cheese). Lovely recipe.
     
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  1. With the exception of using paprika instead of parsley I followed the recipe explicitly but unfortunately it split on me in the second stove top cooking and turned out very liquidly but 3 out of 4 still enjoyed, would look at doing again but not adding all the milk and cutting serving size back to 2 serves to feed 3 of us as a side. Thank you bluemoon downunder for a different style of potatoe bake, made for 123 Hit Wonders.
     

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