Sarlat Potatoes - Pommes De Terre Sarladaises

"Pommes de Terre Sarladaises are served often and everywhere in the Dordogne region of France. A 'hachis' of parsley and garlic is used in many dishes of the area. You can leave out the cèpes if necessary. 'Cèpes' are a naturally growing woodland mushroom much appreciated in France. You can buy bottled cèpes elsewhere in specialty stores."
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  • Peel the potatoes. Rinse them and dry them. Cut them into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  • Heat the goose fat in a large, heavy pot over a medium-high heat. When it is good and hot, put the potatoes in and cover them. Lower the heat to low, and let them cook 1/2 hour.
  • Skin the garlic, and chop them in a food processor or by hand. Chop the parsley.
  • When the potatoes have cooked 1/2 hour, turn them gently with a long handled spoon so the crispy bottom bit moves towards the top. Add more goose fat if it is necessary.
  • Add the chopped garlic, add the salt and pepper, cut the cèpes in half and add them to the pot, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Finish cooking by turning the heat to high to brown the potatoes once again. Add the parsley. Turn them again with a spoon. Turn onto a platter and serve.
  • This goes well with roasts, duck of any kind, chicken, omelettes, or just anything, really!

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  1. Made a recipe from a French cookbook that was almost identical. Ingredients were the same (minus the mushrooms), but cooking technique was a little different. After frying the potatoes 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure that all sides were browned, it called for adding 1 cup of water, seasoning to taste, and simmering 10-15 minutes, covered. When water was gone potatoes were re-fried slightly to give some crispness. Your recipe looks more authentic, but this version was super easy because it required almost no attention.
  2. I made half the recipe and ended up eating all of it and none of the chop I had planned. I used duck fat instead of goose fat, as that was what I had, and it worked very well. Instead of cepes I used plain button mushrooms, which unfortunately did not add much in the way of flavor. Note that the nutrition facts did not count the fat, and these are going to have quite a bit of fat, just as home fries would. The parsley adds a nice fresh note.


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