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Courtesy Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck’s versatile Potato Galette can be served for breakfast, brunch or even the post Oscar dinner for the  Governor’s Ball. Enjoy!

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2  pounds baking potatoes, peeled

2         teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1/2     teaspoon salt

1/4     teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

1/2     cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS

With a sharp chef’s knife, slice the potatoes thinly, then cut into julienne. In a medium bowl, combine the potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper.

In a non-stick 10-inch skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Carefully spread the potatoes into the pan. Reduce to medium heat, cook until you can see them browning around the edges and the galette pulls away from the sides of the skillet. (If the heat is too high, the potatoes won’t cook in the middle; if too low, the potatoes will stick to the pan.)

When the underside is golden brown and the potatoes hold together, it’s time to flip the galette. Using a wide spatula, turn the galette. (If you find this difficult, slide out onto a large plate, browned-side down. Place the skillet over the top and flip back into the skillet, browned-side up.) Cook until golden brown on the second side.

PRESENTATION

Place the potato galette on a heated plate a little larger than the galette. Cut into 4 or 6 wedges and serve immediately. Placing a dollop of crème fraiche on top of the galette and adding a thin slice of smoked salmon makes a delicious appetiser or breakfast dish. Or you can serve a wedge with eggs, sausages, chicken, or meat. It’s a very versatile dish.

NOTE

Sometimes, Wolfgang will tightly squeeze the julienned potatoes in a towel to remove the excess moisture from the potatoes before spreading into the pan. This is the trick to remember when preparing this dish!

– The Gourmet Review

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