baked potato

“Eggs And Potato” (Baked Potato And Caviar)

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Ok  friends, here is my opinion about “Caviar with all the trimmings” : It sucks !
In my humble opinion, only folks who don’t love caviar water down the pleasure of eating it by adding a mountain of other “stuff” to stretch it (lots of chopped onions, chopped eggs, sour cream, chopped chives, capers, lots of toast or other bread, mountains of blinis, etc.
I understand that it is not everybody’s kick to pay a few hundred $ for an ounce of caviar. But to stretch it with condiments means to just water down the pure pleasure, so you actually get less bang for your money. (Think of the best cognac you can lay your hands on – then stretching it with ice and water – Brrrrr 😦
All you should add to your caviar (in my own, humble opinion) to enjoy it to the fullest, is a bit of good, buttered bread, a tiny bliny or a bit of potato and top it with a generous amount of caviar. One ounce – two bites maximum WITH the bread or potato. Or, if you want to enjoy the caviar to the max – eat it neat, sit back, enjoy !  Life is good ! (I used one small potato and 4 oz of caviar for this dish – what the heck, I’ll only be 62 once)
As usual, use the best caviar you can afford – quality over quantity !
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I am probably a bit spoiled with my taste for caviar because back in the mid- and late seventies I spend a lot of time in Russia.
During that time we were able to exchange one pair of used jeans on the black market for one kilo of the best caviar. We ate the stuff on buttered bread like other folk eat marmalade on bread – good sourdough bread with unsalted butter, piled high with caviar, probably 6 to 8 ounces per sandwich 🙂
Imagine to be able to do this nowadays, my oh my…………
Some of my friends who were with me during those trips and who read this post –
Yalta, Odessa, Leningrad, Sochi…….Aaahhhhhh, the good old day’s !
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

Eggs And Potato (Caviar And Baked Potato)

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 42 – Brandade

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While  a traditional brandade is usually made with salted cod (bacalao) and olive oil, over time many different variations have evolved. Today I’ve had a version that has evolved in my own kitchen. When Maria was still alive, I prepared bacalao for her often, since it was one of her favorite food’s and many times she asked for it to be prepared as brandade.
I myself, on the other hand, am a stout hater of bacalao ever since I encountered  klippfisk and lutefisk (bacalao) the first time while I was working in Sweden during the early 70’s. While FRESH  bacalao /torsk / cod / kabeljau remains one of my favorite fish’ of all time, the salted / dried / lye’d versions are not something I’d eat voluntarily, although I have cooked thousands of portions over time for guests in restaurants around the world and mostly for fellow sailors during my time as crew cook on Royal Viking Sky. I became quite an expert in preparing it, making many a Swede, Norwegian, Spaniard, Portuguese and any other bacalao / klipfisk / lutefisk- lover happy 🙂
So, while I don’t like bacalao, I adore brandade, so at home I make different versions often. I’ll have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sometimes, if I cook too much (usually), for all three meals on one day, served with different sidings and condiments.
So there you have it – a not so traditional “Smoked Salmon & Spinach Brandade”
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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bake potatoes until soft, let cool, remove flesh

bake potatoes until soft, let cool, remove flesh

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mix potaho with garlic paste, horseradish, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper,

mix potaho with garlic paste, horseradish, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper,

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add heavt cream

add heavy cream

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mix well

mix ingredients well

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add blanched spinch and diced smoked salmon

add blanched spinach and diced smoked salmon

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almost....

almost….

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put mixture in buttered baking dish

put mixture in buttered baking dish

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sprinkle with bread crumbs and grated asiago cheese

sprinkle with bread crumbs and grated asiago cheese

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bake until golden and crisp

bake until golden and crisp, sprinkle with chives

 

Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Crab-Stuffed Twice Baked Potato

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This  is my answer to a few request’s I received for unusual potato dishes.
If you use extra large potatoes as I have, I suggest that you bake them for two hours at 410 F. They will have browned slightly inside the skin and have a very different taste and texture than if you cook them only for the usual one hour.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Crab - Stuffed Twice Baked Potato

Crab – Stuffed Twice Baked Potato

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