Baked potato

Baked Potatoes with bacon and scallions

Baked, Grilling

Spanish Version

Since I was a little kid I was intrigued of baked potato, one of my childhood memories was this fast food venue called Mr. Potato were the main dish were this delights.

The right filling for a bake potato is probably has not the least caloric content, this is not an everyday recipe but it can be used in a special occasion.

For me the trick for a delicious filling is the proportion of cream, butter and potato.

This recipe it’s great for grilling or baked, perfect for a summer grill.

INGREDIENTS

4 large potatoes washed aprox 1 lb each.
1 lb butter
1 cup of sour cream
1 scallion stalk
4 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
8 slices of cooked and chopped bacon
Foil paper

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 400 °F

Fol the potatoes with foil and bake them for at least 30 minutes, until pinched with a fork are very tender.

Remove from oven and let them cool down

With an oven mitten or a towel take each potato and cut the top and remove most of the content without getting to the skin, and put all the potato inside on a bowl.

Mix in the butter, sour cream, parsley, scallions and half of the bacon to make a tender and we’ll mixed purée.

Put the purée on a pastry bag

Fill each empty potato with the purée and sprinkle the remaining bacon.

Nutrition Facts
(for each potato)

Calories 1454
Carbs 82 g
Fat 117 g
Protein 15 g
Sodium 902 mg
Sugar 3 g

Marble Cake

Butter marble cake

Desserts

Spanish Version

One of the first cakes made from scratch is this home made butter marble poundcake, the recipe comes from an INDULAC’s recipe calendar from 1989, it asks for a few products produced by the company at that time as Milky brand milk or Rika butter, both brands far gone of the Venezuelan market. However the recipe is very usable, easy to do and has that delicious butter taste that I love, this recipe has some tweaks on a few ingredients to improve flavor and quality.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp baking powder

3 cups of all porpouse flour  

380 g salted butter 

2 cups of sugar

6 eggs

1 cup of milk 

6 tbsp pure cocoa powder 

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350 °F

In a bowl sift the flour and the baking powder

In another bowl (it can be done with the electric mixer) cream the butter and sugar, keep whisking and add the eggs one by one, alternating with the milk and sifted flour.

In baking mold buttered and and floured pour half the preparation.

To the other half add the cocoa and mix to have an uniform color.

Pour this mix over the other and with the tip of a knife mix doing twirling movements.

Bake for approximately an hour to 350 °F and unmold before completely cool. 

 
Soupe a l'oignon

French Onion Soup on a Bread Bowl

Baked, Main Course, Memory Lane

Versión en Español

The first time I had soup served inside of a bread bun was at the Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco, at that time I had claim chowder, and I though it was great be able to eat everything, even the bowl.

My family says that my cousin Victor Manuel, was fond of this soup, and somwere in my memories I remember some restaurant’s ad with this soup served inside a bread loaf, so when I finally had the oportunity to do it that way, I couldn’t help myself and turned into something delicious.

The trick is isolate the liquid from the bread using cheese as a waterproof agent, so the bread holds shape and texture till the end of the service.

INGREDIENTS

2 lb medium onions, thinly sliced lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 Bay leaves
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup dry white wine
4 cups low sodium beef broth
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 (7oz) small loaves of rounded thick crust french bread
1/2 lb sliced Gruyère cheese
1/2 lb sliced Emmental cheese
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

PREPARATION

Cook onions, thyme, bay leaves, and salt in butter in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, until onions are very soft and deep golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Stir in wine and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in broth, water, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Cut a circle on the top of each bread loaf and remove most of the crumbs, arrange the slices of Emmental so it’s completely covered on the inside, and place it on the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, enough time to melt and cover the inside without burning it.

Remove bread from the oven and preheat the broiler, discard bay leaf and thyme from soup, fill the bread loafs with soup and cover it with the Gruyère slices allowing ends to hang over the bread, then sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Put the breads back on the oven and Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.