Makah Ozette Potatoes with Bacon Cream

 
 Photo credit: Yunhee Kim / Styling: Karen Shinto

Photo credit: Yunhee Kim / Styling: Karen Shinto

 

Recipe by Sunset Magazine

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds Makah Ozette or fingerling potatoes, halved if large
  • 12 ounces red pearl onions
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 tsp. pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 4 ounces bacon, cooked until crisp, then finely chopped

Method:

Preheat oven to 400°. Put potatoes in a pot of salted water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and put in a large bowl. Meanwhile, blanch onions in boiling water 2 minutes; rinse to cool, then peel.

Add onions, butter, oil, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper to potatoes and stir. Divide between 2 rimmed baking sheets and bake, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and golden brown with crisp edges, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a shallow serving dish.

Beat crème fraîche and heavy cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir in chives, bacon, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Top potatoes with bacon cream and gently stir to coat.


Make ahead tip: Through step 1 or 2, 1 day, chilled and covered. Bring to room temperature before continuing recipe, and reheat baked potatoes at 375° for 30 minutes before topping with bacon cream. Bacon cream: Up to 2 hours ahead, chilled.

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