When our friends Ann and Julie were in Paris a few weeks ago, Ann sent me an email describing a potato dish she had had for dinner one night… a creamy pureed potato with chunks of potato.  She raved about it!  I don’t mind living vicariously through anothers culinary adventures thousands of miles away.  Really.   I was extremely only slightly jealous as she was describing the dish… I thought it sounded close enough to a potato risotto that I just made a potato risotto!  At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging (and of course, I am!)  the dish came out fantastic!

I am reasonably certain it’s nothing like Ann’s Parisian Potatoes (I added cheese and didn’t top with almonds, for one…) but it’s something that will be going into the winter rotation at our house!  Yumlicious!!!

Potato Risotto

  • 2 cups 1/4″ cubed potatoes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Saute onion in butter in small frying pan.  Add potatoes and mix well with onions.  Add about 1 cup broth and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of broth is absorbed.  Add another half-cup and continue cooking until potatoes are tender.  Add a bit more broth as needed to keep potatoes moist.  You do not want them to dry out.

When potatoes are fairly tender, add cream and continue cooking until sauce thickens a bit.  Stir in cheese.

These were definitely a hit.  A bit of a stove-top take on scalloped potatoes.

The lamb was an impulse-buy at the grocers today.  It just looked good.

I marinated the chops in olive oil, garlic, and rosemary, and quickly browned them in a hot skillet.  I took them out and added about a half-cup of fresh apple juice and let that cook down for a minute.  I then added 1 red pear that I had peeled and cut up.

When they were hot-through, I drizzled on some balsamic vinegar and then cooked it all down to a saucy consistency.

I’m now in a fall-cooking mindset and the weather is supposed to be mid-to-high 70’s most of the week.

We need another good BBQ.  Maybe Tuesday.

We have Pasta Monday tomorrow!