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Meat and Potato Napoleon Recipe Recipe

Meat and Potato Napoleon Recipe

11.15.12 by Jackie

Here's a new take on a meat and potato dish. I pan-fried patties and potato slices, then stacked them into a charming presentation to create a napoléon. I flavored the savory napoléons with goat cheese pesto and placed them on a bed of garlic and basil tomato sauce. I think the tomato sauce helps cut the heaviness of the dish. 

I've started receiving photos and messages from those of you who pre-ordered my book "Haute Potato" and I'm so happy with the amazing responses I've received so far! If you're planning on cooking potato dishes for the holidays, here are some recipes from my new cookbook to consider: Cream of Rosemary Roasted Beet and Potato Soup; Pommes Château with Fried Calamari, Basil, and Tomato Cherry Relish; Timbale with Roquefort; Veal Hachis Parmentier; Pommes de Terre Rôties au Four and maybe try my family's favorite potato dessert: Lavender Peruvian Purple Potato White Chocolate Torte.


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Pear Blue Cheese Yam Appetizers (Thanksgiving Recipe) Recipe

This recipe was heavily inspired by my childhood BFF Alexia's soon-to-be husband Olivier. While we were in Paris, my husband Lulu, baby Aria and I visited Alexia and Olivier, who also have a baby girl just a few months younger than Aria. Our meeting was so pleasant, as usual, and Olivier, who is an incredibly talented cook, treated us to a wonderful lunch tasting menu that day. One of the items was blini topped with pear and blue cheese. The dish was very well balanced and I told him at the time that I would make my own version and post it on Pham Fatale when I got back home. So Olivier, c’est pour toi (this is for you)!

Given that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I decided to adapt the appetizer to use roasted yams instead of blinis. I thought the crunch and natural sweetness from the yam would marry wonderfully with the soft pears and pungent blue cheese, and it did! Additionally, I spread the yams with a thin layer of Anaheim pepper chutney and topped them with walnuts for more crunch.

Yesterday, after receiving several emails from friends notifying me that my first cookbook, "Haute Potato", is already "in stock" on Amazon and BarnesAndNoble.com, I contacted my publisher. Indeed, both are shipping my book early on pre-order, which is wonderful news if you're looking for potato dishes for Thanksgiving or Christmas. So if you're planning on cooking a lot of potato dishes for the holidays, consider "Haute Potato" for gourmet potato dish recipes. The official publication date is still December 18th, which is the date my book hits the shelves in bookstores. 

Tomorrow I’ll make some suggestions of recipes from my book that I think would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!

Jacqueline Pham
Here are some pics from our day with Alexia, Olivier and Alice. Aria was very whiny, as you can tell by the photos. And Lulu kept bugging Alexia about how little Alice resembled her. Good times!


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French Pumpkin Flan Recipe (Flan Patissier) Recipe

My husband Lulu loves it when Thanksgiving rolls around, because it's usually the time of the year when I experiment with new desserts. He often makes suggestions, and always selflessly volunteers to be the taste-tester.

His latest suggestion was a pumpkin-flavored flan. Lulu tends to forget that I was born French. A "flan pâtissier" in France is a pie crust called "pâte brisée" filled with custard made of egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla beans. So that's what I made, with the addition of pumpkin, of course.

I told Lulu he would be eating flan for dessert. Once he finished it in the evening, he smiled and said: "All day long, I was looking forward to pumpkin-flavored crème caramel. I loved this French-style pumpkin custard pie, but can I have a pumpkin crème caramel tomorrow?" I hope my daughter doesn't end up so spoiled! And in case you were wondering, I am going to make the crème caramel today...


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Crispy Potato Flower Recipe Recipe

Crispy Potato Flower Recipe

11.08.12 by Jackie

The preparation of this visually striking potato dish is fairly easy if you own a mandoline. Very-thinly-sliced potatoes are parboiled, then brushed with a butter and oil mixture. The slices are then stacked in individual ramekins to mimic flower petals.

It’s an elegant and innovative way to have potatoes as a part of your Thanksgiving table. With my first cookbook on shelves very soon (it's due out on December 18th), I'm going to be posting a lot of potato dishes that didn't make into to the book. If you’re interested, you can pre-order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!


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Brussels Sprout Pasta Recipe Recipe

Brussels Sprout Pasta Recipe

11.07.12 by Jackie

Now that the election is over, we can turn our sights to something that everyone can agree on: making delicious Thanksgiving food! But in food, as in politics, you can’t escape partisan ideology, and I find that people have a love or hate reaction to Brussels sprouts. That’s unfortunate, because even though green beans and collard greens are part of many people’s Thanksgiving tradition, I think that Brussels sprouts deserve consideration as well.

One way to get people to feel more comfortable with an ingredient they may not love is to dress it up with universally liked flavors. In this dish, I combined seared Brussels sprouts with garlic pesto pasta. The mild sweetness enhances and reinforces the garlicky goodness of the pesto. It’s familiar enough to make everyone at your dinner table smile. It also sneaks in some greens, which I think is really important on carb-heavy Thanksgiving.

 


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