I have had a love-hate relationship with potatoes. I go through phases. Sometimes I crave the carbs but other times I just can’t stand this big white bulky vegetable. Tonight I was in love again. I’d been wanting to try out a potato bake for aaaaages but it doesn’t really go with Indian food so never got around to it. This recipe though gave me the perfect oppurtunity to try out a potato bake. OOPS. Sorry. Its a gratin, not a bake. I only realised this later. For those who don’t know what a gratin is, its a a technique where the ingredient is browned or given a crust by adding cheese/ butter/ breadcrumbs as toppings. YUMMO.
My boyfriend, Pratik, was over for dinner again so I asked him to be my recipe reader while I played ninja in the kitchen. I have to say, after trying out a few of Jamie’s recipes, we have a complaint to make. His recipes are not reader friendly. There. I said it. When he asks me to throw the potatoes in boiling water, he doesn’t tell me how long I should leave them in for. Instead he jumps to doing step 2 then 3 which to me are not in the order I would like. His recipes are written EXACTLY the way he cooks on his show – the multi-tasking way. Which is fine, but I’d like to know how cooked the potatoes need to be! We find ourselves reading his recipes over and over again, just trying to make sense of it. Needless to say, 15 minute meals become more like 30-45 minute meals. Ok, thats my rant for the day. Now to the recipe.
Refer to the recipe here – http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/golden-chicken-braised-greens-potato-gratin
I don’t have a food processor because I share my kitchen with my flattie and we have run out of space for new gadgets. Hence, I had to ‘finely’ slice the potatoes myself. I think I did a pretty good job though! Not sure why they look green in this pic, I think it might be something to do with white light falling on yellow objects making them look green.
And the grilled version of it…I think I did justice to the fact that gratin is “browned”.
It was heaps of fun bashing the chicken up!! Pratik and I took turns. I was having a particularly stressful week at work so it was a good way of releasing some of that energy. Poor chicken! The trick to this is that you must really flatten that chicken out. Don’t feel sorry for it. Beat the hell out of it! The thinner it is the faster it cooks. Somehow, we managed to get a thick piece on the pan and boy did I have to wait for it to cook! By the end I was so over it that I skipped most of the greens section. Instead, I wilted some spinach on the pan just to get some bright green colour on my plate.
The taste test – I think the potatoes were the best part of this meal. That chicken stock and cream really added flavour to the potatoes. Simple yet delicious. The chicken tasted yum too. Of course, I added chilli flakes! I’m so glad I decided to throw in spinach at the last minute. It added great colour to the dish and together with chicken and potatoes it made a pleasant mouthful.
Verdict – 3.5/5
Time test – Sorry Jamie. I do think though that this type of meal will come together quicker the second time around.