Pommes Frites cooked in Duck Fat
Cut a baking potato into 1/4 inch thick sticks. Soak in cold water for at least 2 hours and then dry thoroughly. Heat duck fat in a pot to 275F. Fry the potato sticks in batches for 3 minutes each. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain.
Heat fat to 320F and fry the potato sticks again, in batches, until golden and crisp. Drain on fresh paper towels. Sprinkle with sea salt and crispy duck cracklings. Serve immediately.
It was an early frost this year and I was forced to pick all of my roma tomatoes while they were still green. However they did ripen nicely indoors!
My meager four plants produced about 10 pounds of tomatoes. That was a amazing. I think I will plant a dozen plants next year and then I will have enough to also make my annual tomato sauce. I cannot find a local grower of romas.
Tall Clover Farm. If you would like to see 'how not to make catsup' click on the link and you will be quite amused. I have to say that reducing catsup is much like having a boiling mud pit on your stovetop. It does spatter all over. I used my All Clad spatter guard and it was the bomb. But even to lift it for stirring left spatters on my walls and stove top.
Tomato Catsupfrom Tall Clover Farm
- 5 pounds tomatoes
- 2 sweet red bell peppers
- 2 onions
- 2 heads of garlic
- drizzle of olive oil
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1/2 tablespoon mustard powder
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Quarter tomatoes, onions and peppers
- Leave garlic heads whole but cut tips off to expose fresh garlic
- Place veggies on baking sheets, drizzle lightly with olive oil
- Roast tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onions at 400 degrees F
- Remove from oven when they become lightly carmelized
- Peel roasted peppers
- Remove garlic and onion skins
- No need to peel tomatoes
- Place roasted veggies in large non-reactive pan
- Add all remaining ingredients, mix well
- Simmer very very slowly, watching at all times (trust me on this)
- After about 15 minutes on low simmer, turn off heat, add a lid and let it rest until cool
- When cool, puree in a food processor or blender.
- It will be chunkier than storebought ketchup
- Return to heat and simmer slowly.
- Seal, process in a water bath for 15 minutes (using pints)
Green Tomato Relish and I have documented that previously while I was on a house sit in Tennessee. The locals l...o...v...e...d this relish! I was suitably flattered. After all, they are the sultans of green tomatoes.
It was absolutely perfect with a Christmas tourtiere.