YumYum Divas YumYum Recipes: Potato Napoleon, contributed by TwinLakesChef

Recipe Title: Potato Napoleon

Contributed by: TwinLakesChef

Note from the Diva
Mashed potatoes are the foundation of one of my signature dishes, potato napoleon. The surprise element is more potatoes. Thin sheets of crisp baked potato are layered with the mashed potatoes for a positively addictive combination.
This dish has great versatility. Offer it as a hearty first course, surrounded by sauteed mushrooms. Or present it with roasted vegetables and herbed butter sauce for a glorious vegetarian entree, or dish it up in smaller portions to go with roasted meat or poultry.

Unquestionably, lots of butter and milk have helped earn my potatoes widespread appreciation. But I think my lower-fat version is delicious, too - the choice is yours, and you can taste as you go.

List of Ingredients
You can bake the potato galettes while boiling the potatoes to mash, or make them up to 4 hours ahead.

5 cups regular-strength chicken broth
2 1/2 pounds (about 5 medium-size) russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3/4 cup low-fat milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine


Salt and pepper
Combine broth, potatoes, and garlic in a 5- to 6-quart pan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer until potatoes and garlic are very tender when pierced, about 30 minutes.

Preparation
About 5 minutes before potatoes are tender, combine milk and butter in a 1 - to 1 1/2-quart pan. Warm over medium heat until butter melts; keep warm.

Drain potatoes, reserving broth. In pan, whip potatoes with a mixer, adding warm milk and butter and 1/4 cup of the reserved broth. If you want creamier potatoes, add more broth in small quantities until potatoes are desired consistency.

On 8 dinner plates, equally layer mashed potatoes and mosaic pieces, with galettes extending dramatically beyond the mashed potatoes. Finish the top layer of each stack with a galette piece standing upright (reserve your smallest galettes to use on top).

Serve at once because galettes soften quickly; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Number of Servings: Makes 8 servings.

Cookbook Category
Vegetables

General Cooking/Prep Method
Bake
Simmer

Recipe Type - Categories
Fancy Food

Extra Features of Recipe
Difficulty Level-Difficult

Good for Season/Celebration/Holiday
Formal Dinner Party
Gourmet Dinner Club

Nutritional Analysis: Per serving: 261 cal. (31 percent from fat); 6.2 g protein; 8.9 g fat (3.6 g sat.): 39 g carbo.; 105 mg sodium; 13 mg chol.

Tested & Approved Recipe
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