I am not an American, but I did have Thanksgiving dinner with friends from the US Potato Board. Their turkey looked great! I bet it tasted great too. Wish we could do the same with chicken. Turkey tasted like white meat all over, even when you have the leg and thigh part. For the Americans, Thanksgiving is a major holiday. As big as this holiday is to them, the US Agricultural Attache decided to spend Thanksgiving by breaking bread with Filipino foodies and local restaurant aficionados.
Chef Sau Del Rosario was good enough to have whipped up a special menu that would fully utilize the good taste and quality of US potatoes.
Foie Gras in potato pea soup. How can anyone say no to foie gras?
Potatoes are just as good in Continental cuisine as it is with our local cooking. To prove this, the US Potato Board had a culinary challenge called “Pinoy na Pinoy na Potato Recipe Challenge”. Chefs from all over the land were challenged to take a popular Filipino dish and re-invent it using US Frozen Potato products. The result? Thirteen recipes by some of the best chefs. The Grand Prize winner is Chef Liza Decasa of Annabel’s Fine Dining Restaurant. And as an added treat, here is that winning recipe.
Note: Pinangat is also known as Laing.
2 kg US Frozen Potato Wedges (bruniose)
Brunoise is a method of food preparation in which the food item is first julienned and then turned 90° and diced again, producing cubes of a side length of about 3 mm on each side or less. Common items to be brunoised are leeks, turnips and carrots. The diced vegetables are blanched briefly in salty boiling water and then submerged in ice water for a few seconds to set the color. The brunoise is often used as a garnish in many dishes. A common dish which often uses a brunoise as a garnish is a consommé. A brunoise must be very consistent in size and shape, as it helps to ultimately create a visual effect. (from Wikipedia)
1/2 kg Onions (coursely chopped)
250 g Shrimp paste
500 g coconut cream (thick)
2 tsp Iodized salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
40 pcs taro leaves (big)
4 tsp vegetable oil
1 liter coconut milk (thin)
50 g fresh turmeric (chopped)
30 g chili finger
2 tsp iodized salt
1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
80 pcs Dried banana blossom (fried)
This recipe is from the Pinoy na Pinoy na Potato Recipe Challenge.