*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
             Etouffade de Pommes de Terre (Smothered Potatoes)
 
 Recipe By     : A Culinary Journey in Gascony
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : French                           Potatoes
                 Restaurant/Chef
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    8                    potatoes -- peeled, cut lg chunk
    2      Tbsp          olive oil
    2                    onions -- chopped
    2                    shallots -- chopped
    4      oz            ventreche, bacon or salted ham
    1      tsp           fresh thyme -- chopped
    1                    bay leaf
    1      Tbsp          all-purpose flour
    1      c             chicken broth or water
                         salt and pepper
    1      Tbsp          parsley -- chopped
 
 In a heavy bottomed covered pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Add the 
 onions and shallots, the ventreche, bacon, or ham, thyme, and bay leaf.
 Stir and let cook about 10 minutes.  Sprinkle the flour over the mixture 
 and stir until brown.
 
 Add the potatoes, broth or water, salt and pepper.  Mix well with a wooden 
 spoon.  Cover the casserole and let cook slowly about 45 minutes, stirring 
 often to keep it from sticking.
 
 Serve on a warm plate and garnish with chopped parsley.
 
 Shared by Sherilyn Schamber
 
 
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 NOTES : These slow-cooked potatoes steam in their own savory moisture and 
        are flavored by the familiar salty ventreche, sweet shallots, 
        onions and thyme.