"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Hit and Miss

More a miss than a hit.

Potato Gratin Pie.  Now the idea of this really appealed to me.  What was not to like. Creamy potato gratin in a rich pastry crust.  

The idea for this pie originated on another website.   The pie was basically a crust with a filling of raw grated potato and raw onion seasoned  with salt, pepper with a little milk or cream added and dotted with butter.   Baked for an hour. 

I decided I would make a version of my own potato gratin - rather than slice the potatoes I grated them in the food processor and then simmered them in cream until they released their starch and thickened the sauce, seasoned with garlic, sauted onions, fresh thyme, cream and cheddar cheese.  Lined a deep pie pan with pastry, poured in the semi cooked potatoes, dotted with butter , brushed pastry with milk, sprinkled with sea salt flakes and baked for an hour.  The potatoes were not fully cooked so the pie went back into the oven for another 15 minutes.   Remember the potatoes were partially cooked before being baked.  If I had started with raw potatoes it would have taken substantially longer.

The pie was a beauty.  The crust nicely brown, the filling set and golden.  Smelled wonderful.  Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations.   In fact on a scale of  1 to 10, Moe gave it a 5.   I thought he was being generous.

It wasn't that it tasted bad, it just didn't live up to my expectations.   The best part was the crust.  


  1. I like your honesty...it sure is pretty and I'm glad the pastry tasted good but I'm sorry it didn't turn out the way you had hoped. I bet you come up with something better another time. Thank you for sharing your recipes...we all appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend...Maura :)

  2. It looks gorgeous and I still think it's fabulous in concept. Hmmmm... I hate when this happens, but I'm betting you'll figure out how to make major improvements :)
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Every once in awhile I make something that goes directly into the round file under my sink. Love the concept here, maybe it just needs a little tweeking. Crust and potatoes - sounds like a winner.

  4. Ahhhh you win some and you lose some....
    I have had my share of losers thats for sure...
    It looks lovely though!

  5. We all have to try recipes that aren't so great every now and then. It looks wonderful, I really like that pie dish.

  6. Possibly too much of a good thing? Too much filling maybe? The ones I have seen are rather thin. Sure looks good tho!


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