Jan 14 2017

Alone In The Kitchen With An Old Frenchman

Recently French chef Jacques Pépin turned 80 and retired. Over the years, he educated viewers of Public Television on how to cook and, something that no other cooking show host has done, techniques in the kitchen with wisdom, humor and a smattering of French lessons. As Gilad Edelman wrote in a Slate article, this man will teach you how to cook

Special Spuds

Everyone loves fries, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Jacques shows chef and restaurant owner Loretta Keller his step-by-step way to the perfect French Fry. He moves on to make smooth and creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, just like his Aunt did years ago. Then another dish from his childhood, Potato Ragout. The refined version of scalloped potatoes, known as Gratin Dauphinoise is next and finally, a French classic, Cream Puff Potatoes.

Potato Ragouuot

The ragout reheats well and is excellent served with a tough, slightly bitter green, such as frisée or escarole, seasoned with a strong vinegary or garlicky dressing.

Gratin Dauphinoise

It is important not to rinse or soak the potatoes after slicing them. Rinsing would remove most of the starch, which is needed to thicken the mixture as it comes to a boil on top of the stove.

Cream Puff Potatoes

The dough keeps for a couple of days, so a few fritters can be cooked to order as needed. They puff beautifully in the hot oil and should be served as soon as possible after frying.