This is the first recipe in Julie/Julia book (which I loved). Based on her description of the dish I was expecting a lovely creamy soup… All rich and simple. Honestly, what I got was a lot more like thin mashed potatoes. I don’t know what I did wrong to get such a thick end product, but there’s no way it’s supposed to be that thick!
Also, it was a little bland. I should have stuck to my guns and added garlic and crushed red pepper while it was simmering. But, I tried to stay true to a recipe for once. However, once I topped it with cheese, bacon, and some minced jalapeno it was pretty delicious.
Potage Parmentier (adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking)
1/2 lb potato, peeled and diced
1 1/2 c white onion, thinly sliced
1 qts water
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs minced parsley
Dash celery salt and black pepper
(I would suggest adding 4 cloves garlic, a tsp crushed red pepper flakes, and some chicken broth)
Simmer potatoes, onions, water, pepper and salt in a large soup pot for 40 to 50 minutes partially covered, until vegetables are soft.
Mash the vegetables in the soup with a potato ricer and correct seasoning.
Remove from the heat and stir in butter just before serving. Serve decorated with parsley.