As Serious Eats reader Jasmine D. pointed out, it's National Vegetarian Awareness month, and to give a nod to our veg-eating friends, we'll start out this week's Cook the Book with James Beard's Potatoes Byron recipe. In the section of Beard on Food titled "Potatoes Without Meat," Beard says, "It can be both a challenge and fun to seek out things that are substantial and good enough to replace meat. There's pasta, of course, beans, lentils, and split peas—and also potatoes. How often does one think of potatoes without meat? Yet they are a great food in their own right."
The recipe follows after the jump, but before I send you there, I'd like to point out our archive of meatless dishes here on the site. As Jasmine rightly points out, Serious Eats is chocked full of meat, but I'm also surprised at the number of vegetarian recipes on the site.
- 6 potatoes
- 1/2 pound butter
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup coarsely grated Swiss to Gruyère cheese
Put in an 8- or 9-inch round glass baking dish or pie dish, pour over the heavy cream, and leave for 30 to 45 minutes so the potatoes absorb the cream, butter, and seasonings.