Sometimes flavors come together and they just pop. I was inspired to make grilled potato cream after reading through the comments about my steak quandary. I was not sure what the heck I was going to do with grilled potato cream, but I knew I needed to make it. I took some raw Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced them thick in their skins and grilled them till they developed a crispy charred exterior. I then simmered the potatoes in cream with a solid pinch of salt. When the potatoes where tender the cream and potatoes were both absolutely delicious. I could not believe how tasty the two ingredients had become. I chilled the potato-cream mixture and then passed it through a food mill. The mixture resembled a potato porridge. Aki tasted it and said ice cream. I was game and grilled potato ice cream came to be. I flavored the porridge with some agave syrup for a bit more sweetness and thinned the mixture with some skim milk. I put the base in a Paco Jet container and today we had the now infamous grilled potato ice cream. The resulting ice cream is really tasty. I cannot get over how good it is. And yet, I can make it better. Perhaps I do not need to use heavy cream to cook the potatoes. I think the fat in the cream might mute the grilled flavor a bit. I could be wrong. Well and the current ice cream really is tasty.
Here is how we used it tonight, though it could easily play a sweet roll as well.
June 13, 2006
Smoked Steelhead Trout Roe
grilled potato ice cream, zucchini soup,
Shrimp a la Chitara
porcini mushrooms, shaved jalapeno,
Warmed King Salmon
young sorrel, king trumpet mushrooms,
jack's black lime catsup
smoked and marinated tomato, manni olive oil,
sandy and ground olives
raspberries, smoked cider vinegar,
green tea crumble
As a side note, you may have noticed Jack's Black Lime Catsup. That is the same catsup which was inspired by Jack of Fork and Bottle fame. The fun ingredient, besides jalapeno, which sparks this catsup is Indian black lime, a truly under utilized ingredient which has quite a character. More about the catsup soon.