Hmm Hmm Skillet Potatoes

I was out east last Wednesday to take my Mom out to the grocery. She has a Meat Farms market out by her and while we where there I picked up a pound of slab bacon. I don’t often get slab bacon, and since the market had a couple of packages of white and portobello mushrooms on their sale rack, an alarm went off in my head. It should come as no surprise to my more faithful readers that my alarm sounds an awful lot like a dinner bell! Since they always have great prices on potatoes and onions at Meat farms, my next course of action seemed pretty clear. Oh, and I grabbed a couple of jalapenos and the rest is outlined below:

Here’s what you’ll need (f you skipped the narrative above):

  • 1 cup of slab bacon diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium portobello mushrooms diced
  • 2 large white mushrooms diced
  • 3 medium long island potatoes diced
  • 2 jalapenos minced
  • paprika, salt, pepper

In a nice seasoned cast iron skillet, start browning up the bacon. Then toss in the onion and jalapeno. Then toss in the mushrooms. As this gets cooking, toss in the diced potatoes. Sprinkle this with paprika for coloring, then fold the potatoes into the mixture. As its cooking up season it with some salt and pepper to taste. Once the potatoes are cooked through and soft, the dish is ready to serve. If you don’t like the heat of the jalapeno, you could substitute a small green bell pepper.

Now for Something Completely Different

Let me start this by saying that I’m not really a baker, but I play one on TV… not really. There is however a love of trying new things. I remember watching Good Eats, and Alton Brown was showing how to make a blueberry buckle. Well, I’ve come across this peach buckle recipe that looks so good I’m going to try to make this.

That being said… here’s what I’ll need:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 4 cups diced pitted peaches (about 1 ½ pounds)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter up a 10 inch cast skillet.

In a large bowl cream the butter and 1/3 cup of sugar. Until fluffy, then add eggs and vanilla, beat to combine.

Assemble your dry team; whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt. Then with a mixer on low speed, gradually mix this dry team into the fluffy creamed butter mixture. Then, fold in your peaches.

Spread this batter into the buttered skillet. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, almonds, and the remaining sugar. Sprinkle this over the batter and pop it in the oven.

Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes… then let it cool for about 20 minutes.. then enjoy the whole thing in one big sitting! Or not really…