This inspired little book offers new, exciting and simple ways to serve up America's favorite combo: meat and potatoes. Along with basic recipes for making the perfect burger, grilling or pan frying a steak, or making mashed, boiled, fried or baked potatoes, Sharon Tyler Herbst gives us intensely flavorful, yet easy-to-follow recipes that range from Nutty Veal Nicoise, a fast and glorious dish that cooks in about ten minutes, to Potato Lasagne, a robust fusion of thin potato slices, a tomato-sausage bechamel and a basil-ricotta mixture.
In the first third of the book, which Sharon devotes to meat, she shows us simple ways to make meatballs memorable (add a cup of provolone, jack or cheddar cheese); how to jazz up a flank steak (add port wine, chopped leeks, allspice, coriander and four ounces of Gorgonzola); or give pork chops an addictive twist (add plum preserves and beer). Without calling for fancy techniques, exotic ingredients or expensive cookware, she focuses on maximizing and combining flavors to produce fresh and enticing dishes. At the same time she suggests handy substitutes for tomato sauce and fresh herbs, as well as accompaniments such as Avocado Salsa, Ginger-Peanut Satay, and Minted Onion Marmalade.
Sharon's recipes for potatoes are no less alluring--fabulous French Fries, creamy curried potatoes (perfect with simply grilled meat and a crisp green salad), a moist and tender Potato-Chive Focaccia, soul-satisfying Spud Chili and Bourbon-Smashed Sweets. Sharon even gives away the secret to perfect baked potatoes.
The final portion of the book offers recipes for marvelous meat and potato combinations that concentrate and amplify the best features of each ingredient. Here you'll find hearty hybrids, such as Heaven-and-Earth Pork Pot Pie, in which the combined flavors of smoked bacon, pork loin, apples and potatoes work to produce a truly perfect pot pie; Herbed Potato Burgers, a happy marriage of basil, chives, beef and potatoes; crowd-pleasing Sweet 'n' Sassy Potato-Sausage Salad, which includes garlic, ginger, and fresh lime juice; and Southern-Style Greens and Potatoes, a full-flavored wonder.
Complete with charts and dozens of tips on identifying, buying, storing and safe handling, the book is crammed with everything there is to know about meat and potatoes. Renowned for her encyclopedic knowledge of cooking and her talent for fashioning inspired yet simple recipes, Sharon Herbst imbues this classic food combination with fresh interest and long-lasting appeal.