This is my summer version of Potatoes Savoyard. It's cooked on the barbecue grill, wrapped in foil.
It's a favorite of mon mari and we have been making it often, every summer, for at least a million years.
Use sweet onions if you can get them, otherwise regular yellow onions are fine.
Use a hard, rather than soft cheese, to get the crispy crust.
Mon mari says he cooks this by sound: when he can hear the sizzle they're cooking; when the sizzle stops they're done.
Potato and Onion Packets with Gruyère
Preparation and cooking time: 30-45 minutes
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 medium sweet or regular onion
- 1 piece Gruyère cheese, about 4oz (125gr) or any flavor you like
- olive oil
- aluminum foil – heavy duty (or use a double sheet)
- Thinly slice potatoes, onions (cut in half first) and cheese – about 1/16 inch.
- Lightly oil 2 square (as long as the package is wide) sheets of aluminum foil.
- Place 2 slices of potato side by side, place an onion slice halfway on the potatoes in the middle and 1 slice of cheese on the onion slice. Overlap 2 more potato slices, onion and cheese – repeating until you have used 1 potato and half the onion and cheese – or until you think you have enough. You should end up with 2 rows of vegetables – 2 potato slices wide and about 5 inches long.
- Fold foil over, the 2 long sides first then the short (don't worry about a tight wrap – we want steam to escape).
- Repeat with the other potato.
- Cook packets on barbecue grill for 25 – 30 minutes. Do NOT turn over.
- When done, potatoes and onions should be cooked through and the cheese will have melted and formed a golden crust under the potatoes.
- To serve carefully slip spatula under cheese – trying not to tear the foil and to maintain the shape of the potato/onion packet. Lay on plates and enjoy!
I saw a tweet this morning, from "Eat This, Not That" (@EatThisNotThat) about Four Surprising Secrets About Bottled Water.
I was intrigued.
I didn't learn much….
But I already knew that bottled water doesn't taste any better than good tap water, and that it may be good tap water.
I also knew that all those plastic bottles aren't particularly good for the environment (duh!).
I did learn that bottled water could actually be more contaminated than tap water.
The article reminded me of something that happened when we lived in Andorra.
Andorra, like every other mountainous country in the world, bottles and sells 'mineral water'.
The same water is free to anyone who wants to provide their own bottles. It's easy enough. There are taps coming out of the rock faces on the sides of the mountains. Turn the tap and fill your bottle.
We were at a restaurant in Arinsal, one of the villages a bit higher up in the mountains.
Arinsal bottles and sells its water.
The label says 'Arinsal'.
The tourists at the table next to us ordered dinner, then asked for 'Arinsal Mineral Water.'
The waiter brought them a pitcher of water – just like the ones on every other table in the restaurant.
The patrons said: 'No, we don't want plain water, we want 'Arinsal Water'.
The waiter said: 'You're in Arinsal, this is our water'.
The patrons were not buying this….. They wanted proper bottled water that they could pay 3 euros for rather than the same water for free.
A slight discussion ensued….
The waiter finally brought them a plastic bottle of 'Arinsal Water'.
I would bet that he filled it in the kitchen out of the tap…..
Had they looked out the window, they would have seen the locals filling up bottles at the fountain across the lane.
I drink tap water.
In France, to eat like the locals, order 'un pichet d'eau', a jug of water rather than a bottle.