if there's one thing i love most about living on a farm, it's the long lazy dinners. ones that i can spend hours preparing and then serve to a dusty eggboy, the egg parents, perhaps an egg sister and her man, or an egg cousin dropping by to deliver cilantro. i like sitting around our big, kind of awkwardly square table, basking in the bright bright sunset, and eating vegetables off of my favorite three-sectioned plates that i bought on staten island two years ago. one day i'd like a big spacious dining room that has a massive window overlooking our fields, so we can have a golden or snowy white or earthy brown backdrop.
preparing seven courses doesn't feel like a lot when you have a never-ending list of recipes to try, a new my brightest diamond album to listen to, and a happy little rainbow of vegetables to work with:
because, rewind, i went to the farmers' market. (farmer's market? farmers market? farmer market?) which is a thing i haven't really done since we started our garden, but i am very mad at myself for waiting until the second-to-last market of the season to go because, in just one short visit, i:
1. learned how to choose a good cantaloupe
2. learned how to preserve my corn
3. made two new friends!
it was so fantastic that i hurry scurried home, told eggboy to alert the eggs that i'd be cooking dinner the next day, and got to work. here was my menu:
kale salad with coconut sesame dressing
bacon wrapped cantaloupe with balsamic glaze (inspired by these peaches)
salt & vinegar potato galette with caramelized onions and parmesan (recipe below)
watermelon and donut peach salad, sub the donut peaches for actual donuts because i am an idiot and misread the recipe and bought donuts from the nice man at the market instead of donut peaches
also: pesto, a grilled baguette, and brie.
...it was so fun and delicious!!!! my donuts got a little soggy. and i made everyone d.i.y. their kale leaves for the salad since i was afraid of bugs. but people laughed, people cleaned their plates, people left with tupperware filled with leftovers.
about this galette: this is a recipe for people who enjoy hanging out in the kitchen, smelling the smells, and cutting the things. it's not a difficult recipe, but it does take some time and attention. it's equal part journey, equal part end product. in my research on salt and vinegar potatoes, i discovered that the vinegar flavor in salt and vinegar chips is actually from sodium acetate, which is also (sometimes?) referred to as "vinegar powder." so i made it from vinegar and baking soda, and i felt science-y, and i wore my glasses out of fear that the fumes would blind me, and then i made this galette with some of it sprinkled on, and it was, i don't know, fine. not worth the effort. something i don't want to order that you do. something i might revisit in the future. eventually i turned to the method that lauren and bon appetit and marissa use, and that's to boil the potatoes in salt and vinegar first, fry them a bit, and then toss them with more salt and vinegar. it's delicious. it plays well with sweet caramelized onion, the umami of parmesan, and a buttery pie crust. (does anything not play well in a buttery pie crust?)
salt & vinegar potato galette with caramelized onions and parmesan
makes one galette
1 large onion
1/4 c butter
1 tb kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 medium potatoes (about 1 lb), thinly sliced (1/8 inch)
1/2 c white vinegar, plus more to taste
2 tb chopped chives
black pepper, to taste
1/2 lb your favorite pie dough
1 large egg
1/2 c shredded parmesan
set your oven to 375.
get your onion caramelizing in 2 tablespoons of butter and a pinch of salt, and let them just hang out there over medium-ish heat while you do everything else. stir them when you think about it. (ask yourself why yankee candle hasn't made an onions and butter scented candle...)
place your sliced potatoes, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of vinegar in a large pot. fill it with cold water until the water covers the potatoes by an inch or so. bring this to a boil and then let it sit somewhere between a healthy simmer and a low rumble for 15 minutes, gently stirring occasionally.
strain your potatoes and pat them dry. get your remaining 2 tablespoons of butter heating in a skillet over medium high heat, and then fry your potatoes in batches, for about 5 minutes each. try to avoid overlapping in the pan for this step*.
toss your potatoes with the chives, black pepper, and additional salt and vinegar to taste.
*(now, ok, if by this point you're starving or have decided that you don't like galettes (??!), you could continue to cook the potatoes for an additional few minutes, until they're fully cooked, season, toss with the onions and sprinkle with cheese and enjoy just like that. but if you're in this for the longer haul, continue...)
roll your pie dough out into a 12- or 13-inch circle and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment. whip up your egg with a splash of water and brush it onto the dough, leaving a 2-inch perimeter. in the center of the dough, layer up your toppings in this order: a sprinkle of cheese, the onions, a sprinkle of cheese, half of the potatoes, a sprinkle of cheese, the other half of the potatoes, any additional chives or black pepper. brush the edges with egg and then fold them up around the potatoes. brush the outside edges with egg, sprinkle with salt, and bake until the pie crust is nicely browned. you could start checking for doneness at about 25 minutes, but it's one of those things that you can keep in the oven for up to about 20 or 30 minutes more, depending on how you like your crust.
let cool slightly and enjoy!
p.s. yo check this out: all of the fruits, vegetables, donuts, and bread* for this feast fit in this mz wallace + food52 market bag! granted, it was quite heavy, and i briefly considered taking the cantaloupe and watermelon out to just carry in my hands, but i couldn't figure out how to hold both of them in front of my person without alluding to boobies. despite the fact that i am still crabby about the fact that more of you guys voted for the tote to be blue than green, this bag is the bee's knees. it's lined for easy cleaning, it has a zillion different pockets to keep your bread safe from any wiggly friends on your kale, and there's a small zippered lip gloss (change purse?) pocket. it is available for pre-sale on food52 provisions now!
*two softball-sized yellow onions, five pounds of potatoes, one cantaloupe, one watermelon, nine peppers, two bunches of green onions, one bunch of kale, one large baguette, half a dozen donuts, seven ears of corn, a bag of green beans, about four too many bugs (!!!!!!!!!!!!)
thank you so much to food52 for sponsoring the ingredients for this farmers' market feast!!!!