Friday, 18 February 2011

Gratin or Pie?

For this cold days, there's nothing better than prepare the food, sit in the sofa waiting the oven to cook the prepared food for you. This is the kind of dish you can prepare in advance and leave it in the fridge until the time you fancy it (but don't leave it in the fridge for a day, if you need, bake it first, leave it to cool and pop it in the fridge, so you can it bits warmed in the microwave).
This gratin, or pie, or whatever you want to call it, is very easy to do and delicious to eat.
You will need:
1 big potato - or 2 if you don't want to use sweet potato
1 sweet potato
250g chopped chorizo - Spanish sausage
200g of leek
200ml of double cream
Salt, pepper and garlic paste to taste
Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on the top
Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (180 fan/gas 6). Slice the potatoes (regular and sweet) in thin disks. Grease the bottom of an ovenproof dish with butter (and garlic paste) and place some of the potatoes disks to cover the bottom of the dish.
Season with very little salt and pepper (consider that the chorizo is salty and will release its juices) and layer with chorizo and leek.
Repeat the process of layering over again (potatoes, seasoning, chorizo and leek).
The last layer has to be of potato.
Sprinkle the Parmesan on the top and pour the double cream over the pie, making sure it enters the little holes to spread over all the layers of the gratin/pie.
Cover the dish with kitchen foil and put it in the middle shelf of the oven to cook for 30 minutes covered and 20 more minutes after you take the kitchen foil cover off.
The result will look something like this:
And if you like it as my husband and I do, after 40 minutes you might have a dish like this (which I finished next day):
Delicious with a white wine (pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc)!!! Hummmmmmmmm!

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