Monday, October 17, 2011
Potato and Apple Medley Roast with Shallots
We're settling nicely in Philadelphia and autumn is welcoming us warmly.
The beauty of the foliage strikes me every time I look down at my feet and Scout (currently in a cone after losing her lady parts) loves to romp around and try to catch the falling ones.
I spent the weekend roasting garlic and christening our new digs with the aroma of good food.
I'm consistently caught off guard when I start craving food in accordance with the season. Just when I think I can't say goodbye to fresh berries, sweet potatoes and honeycrisp apples call to my heart and usher me, entranced, to autumn.
The most time-consuming part of this roast recipe is peeling the potatoes and slicing the veggies and fruits. A mandoline slicer would cut back significantly on prep time and I keep telling myself to just suck it up and invest in one. And now that I have bags of leftover potatoes in the closet, I just might.
However, after the prep and arranging, this is a breeze. Let your oven work its magic.
Roasted Potato and Apple Medley with Shallots
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Crispy Potato Roast
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
3 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled
4 shallots, thickly sliced lengthwise
4 small red apples, unpeeled
Coarse sea salt
8 sprigs thyme and rosemary
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a microwavable bowl, combine butter and oil. Microwave until the butter is melted. Brush the bottom of a baking dish with about 1/3 of the mixture. Peel the white potatoes (I used Russet), and slice the potatoes and apples very thin crosswise with a sharp knife or mandoline.
2. Arrange the potato and apple slices vertically in the baking dish, alternating the colors randomly. Chop the shallows and wedge them throughout. Brush the remaining butter mixture on top of the dish and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste.
3. Bake for 1 1/4 hour. Remove from oven and add thyme and rosemary and return to oven. Bake for another 25-30 minutes until the dishes reaches your desired brownness.