Friday, April 17, 2015

Activity In Colington Harbour Canals Tonight And I'm Looking Forward To My Next Meal.

Today, on the Outer Banks, I finally experienced my first day of spring.  

There is a lot of water activity.
Happy to see it!

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 I'm always happy to see emails from Tasting Table in my Inbox.
I know there's going to be something I want to try.
Their recent recipe was for potato pancakes and smoked applesauce.
Say wha?
Smoked applesauce???
I'm sorry, but I have to give smoked applesauce a try.

Smoked Applesauce

Mr. Hawthorne smoked 2 Granny Smith apples.
Apples were cored, peeled, and cut into quarters.
Stovetop smoker, applewood chips, 190°-205° for 20-30 minutes.
 I processed the applesauce with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 
1 TB lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt.
Heat it up.

Potato Pancakes
1 potato
1 small onion
Grate potato and onion.
Place gratings in towel and squeeze liquid out.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
and form about 8 pancakes.
Chill in freezer for 30 minutes.
Working in two batches,
fry potato pancakes in 350° peanut oil
 until they hold their shape and are light golden brown.
3-4 minutes each side.
Remove from heat and drain on wire rack, not paper towels.
Yes.
I know they're not done.
Re-fry in two batches until crisp and golden brown.
Transfer to rack and season with kosher salt.

 Bacon Weave
3 slices bacon, cut in half
Weave the slices.
Bake at 400° until browned on one side.
Discard grease.
Turn over and bake until other side is browned.

Loved the bacon weave.
What's not to love about bacon?
Loved the potato onion pancakes.
Apple-smoked applesauce?
I tasted it.
Uhm?
Wait...
Taste again.
Do I like this?
OK, taste it again.
Yeah?
No?
Taste it again.

It's weird.
I like weird.
I think.
Yeah...  I think I like weird...


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