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French Fridays with Dorie: Salty-Sweet Potato Far

French Fridays with Dorie salty sweet potato far on eatlivetravelwrite.comI really, really wanted to like this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Salty-sweet Potato Far, p 359). I mean, a baked custard dish with potatoes, bacon and prunes (supposed to be raisins too but I didn’t have any so used extra prunes) – sounds pretty good, huh? A bonus being that it didn’t take too long to prepare or cook – I had visions of this being a take on a crustless quiche that I would be making through the winter – I generally have all the ingredients on hand and paired with some green vegetables or a green salad, it would make a quick and easy, yet filling, meal for a chilly night. I mean, I’ve had a sweet far before, and really enjoyed it so I figured it would be good in savoury form too. I like savoury custards – these savoury cheesecakes, for example, or this savoury clafoutis.

Since Neil was away last weekend, I (of course) minified the recipe and made two small far.

Salty sweet potato far from Around my French Table for French Fridays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comI don’t know if I messed up my proportions by making them tiny but mine definitely did not seem “custardy” enough. It was *ok*. A little stodgy and needing *something*. Like cheese. Like some crunch. I definitely felt it wasn’t salty enough. I might be tempted to try this again but use more bacon, less potatoes, use a higher custard to filling ratio and sprinkle some cheese on top for a little crunch and salt.

Salty sweet potato far from Around my French Table on eatlivetravelwrite.comI did love the combination of prunes and bacon though. Now in some kind of potato rösti, THAT would be awesome….

In any case, am I glad I tried? Of course. And hey, in around 150 weeks of Dorie recipes, this is one of the very few that hasn’t been a hit. I think that’s a pretty good track record!


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13 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Salty-Sweet Potato Far

  1. Cakelaw November 22, 2013 at 06:15 #

    Yeah, this had so much promise but didn’t quite get there.

  2. Cher November 22, 2013 at 12:36 #

    Yes – agreed!
    I think I would make it again with prunes, sweet potatoes and some cheese and see how that worked out:-)

  3. Guyla November 22, 2013 at 12:52 #

    Totally agree with everything you said! I wanted to like it but just couldn’t.

  4. Coco in the Kitchen November 22, 2013 at 16:15 #

    This is just so interesting….the addition of prunes is quite French, isn’t it?
    I believe Far Breton is traditionally made with prunes.
    Bet it’s delicious – now I have an excuse to make it!

    • Mardi Michels November 22, 2013 at 16:18 #

      Um, no, it’s not “delicious” – as you can see, I’d need to make quite a few tweaks to make it work for me again. It wasn’t bad, just odd. Kind of tasty in parts (the bacon) but definitely not something I’d label “delicious” as it was supposed to me made. Ah well, you can’t win them all.

  5. Diane Balch November 22, 2013 at 18:29 #

    I had exactly the same reaction… not custardy enough and need cheese.

  6. Nana November 22, 2013 at 20:27 #

    It all sounded good until the prunes and raisins were mentioned, but it seems it was not
    a winner all around. Have a great holiday.

  7. betsy November 22, 2013 at 21:25 #

    I’m just not sure this one can be fixed… Even with the cheese, it wasn’t great. Now that you mention it, it wasn’t as salty as it should have been. After 150 recipes, a dud is allowed.

  8. EmilyC November 23, 2013 at 07:54 #

    The first two pictures showed lots of promises… but now we know… at least its done and crossed off the list!

  9. Liz November 24, 2013 at 20:37 #

    Thanks for your honest review, Mardi. If I end up making up this recipe, I’ll be back to follow your suggestions.

  10. Tricia S. November 25, 2013 at 11:44 #

    I think the biggest difference in the cauliflower version I made (vs the potato one I made) is how moist and souffle like it was. Even my 17 year old made this same comment. It is also heartily possible that a few weeks of carb reduction made me so happy to have anything remotely resembling a sweet scone that I was more happy to see it than usual :) Seriously though, I did not know what to expect and this might have helped as well. Always fun to try something new.

  11. jora November 26, 2013 at 11:06 #

    I agree completely with your sentiments. I really wanted to like this one-it seemed like a great idea-but something was just off. With different proportions and extra salt and/or cheese, I do think this has potential. I’d love to know if you end up making a version that you enjoy.

  12. Teresa November 28, 2013 at 01:58 #

    I like your ideas for adjustment. The cheese certainly helped mine, but not enough that I’ll be making it again.

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