Crouton’s Smashing Potatoes

Crouton's Smashing Potatoes (served with roasted pork tenderloin and peas)

There are plenty of smashed potato recipes on the net. Here’s how we make them in Crouton’s kitchen:

Ingredients

6 small to medium red potatoes 1 head garlic olive oil kosher salt freshly ground pepper

Directions

First, the big picture: the potatoes cook twice. [...]

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Fresh Hatch Chiles

This entry isn’t a recipe, though it’s closely related to one, Crouton’s New Mexico Green Chile Stew. I wanted to share a bit of local color with you, namely the Hatch green chile roasters who set up shop in front of our local Safeway during the season. Here they are with their gas-fired roaster, burning [...]

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Crouton’s Fried Okra

I bought some catfish at the market yesterday and saw they had fresh okra in the produce section. Hmmm, I thought, fried okra to go with the fried catfish? Sounds southern!

Crouton's Fried Okra

Ingredients

Fresh okra 1/3 cup flour 1/2 cup cornmeal cayenne pepper to taste salt to taste 2 eggs beaten with [...]

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Fried Catfish with Dirty Rice and Sautéed Spinach

Fried catfish, dirty rice, sauteed spinach

If you find yourself with some catfish, you can’t go wrong dredging them in cornmeal and frying them. Served up with dirty rice and sautéed spinach, catfish makes a great dinner.

Ingredients

Catfish catfish filets (1 per person) 2 eggs 1/4 cup milk 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup [...]

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Jerusalem Artichoke Gratin

When Ditalini told me she’d picked up Jerusalem artichokes at the co-op last Saturday, I pictured something … well, artichokey, maybe a smaller version of the California artichokes I was familiar with. But Ditalini’s Jerusalem artichokes turned out to be something else entirely: potato-like root vegetables that look like ginger root.

Jerusalem artichokes (photo: [...]

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Crouton’s Garlic Fries

Ingredients

2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/4″ fries 1 tbsp vegetable oil salt & pepper 1 tbsp butter 5 cloves garlic, chopped fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large bowl, toss potatoes in oil, salt, and pepper. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with [...]

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Crouton’s Grilled Salmon w/Potatoes & Green Beans

This is easy, and always good. It’s a dinner a husband can cook and a wife will love.

Ingredients

Salmon 2-3 wild salmon filets (1 to 1 1/2 lbs) 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp honey fresh dill Potatoes 12 small red-skinned potatoes 2 tbsp butter fresh dill Green Beans 1/2 lb fresh green beans [...]

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Ditalini’s Chiles Rellenos

Ditalini and I recently joined a produce co-op. Every Saturday we pick up two good-sized baskets of seasonal vegetables and fruit. This Saturday we found eight big green chiles mixed in with our haul, and Ditalini decided to make chiles rellenos from scratch. We used to make chiles rellenos using Ortega canned green chiles, but [...]

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Ditalini’s Fried Potatoes & Onions

These are the thinly-sliced potatoes and onions Ditalini serves with paprika schnitzel. Naturally, they will go well with almost anything.

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Chicken-Fried Steak & Garlic Mashed Potatoes w/Cracked-Pepper Gravy & Green Beans

Chicken-fried steak, garlic mashed potatoes, cracked-pepper gravy, green beans

Guido & Sophia Trattoria gave me a late Christmas present last weekend: A Cowboy in the Kitchen, a Texas-themed cookbook by Grady Spears. When I cracked the covers the very first time, it opened to page 32 and a recipe for chicken-fried steak with cracked-pepper [...]

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