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20.11.13

Savory Far Breton: Salty-Sweet…Potato Far

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Savory Far Breton: Salty-Sweet Potato Far: Simple Living and Eating


Savory Far Breton is a custardy cake with prunes, raisin, potatoes, eggs, flour and BACON. This kind of dish is extremely foreign to me. It looks like German Kugel. Coming from an Italian background I have never eaten a potato cake before. 

Did I like it? If I grew up with it I would call it a comfort food, but I didn't grow up with it… so I would describe it as something that is not a quiche and not a cake. The texture limbo of this dish was unsettling to me. My husband and daughter enjoyed it. My son found it strange too.

Savory Far Breton: Salty-Sweet Potato Far: Simple Living and Eating

I served it with kale, but I felt I should of added some cheese or an egg dish to it. I did not find this dish to stand on it's own, maybe if it had cheese in it. Dorie claimed it can be "a main event." But I think some beef stew or sausage… more of a German meal would have gone nicely with this…
Salty-Sweet Potato Far… interesting idea, but not a repeat for my house.

Click here for a classic Far Breton recipe. I did not find a savory version similar to this dish on line… so if you are interested in Dorie's recipe please check out: Around My French Table.

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Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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27 comments:

  1. I enjoy a good potato cake...but I've never had one with dates or raisins. That sounds interesting. Mine usually have eggs in them too.

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    1. Was yours a German recipe? This seemed unusual for a French recipe.

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  2. Looks really great, and I'd looooooooooove to try it (with the bacon of-course, as it's forbidden for us)

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    1. You might like the sweet version, it is classic and there isn't any bacon.

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  3. I too found this strange. Not terrible just odd. I have enjoyed a sweet version before through.

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    1. I do think that I would have enjoyed a sweet version more... but I really think it was just foreign to me.

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  4. I have to agree Diane. We didn't hate it but we didn't like it either. There's not much to say about it.

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  5. I think most of us found this odd - ok, but no repeat.

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    1. I'm going to check everyone's out now... but yeah, not horrible just not that interesting.

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  6. I felt quite bad that I skipped this one…but every time I read a review like yours, (and that’s most of them) I feel vindicated! I may still have to give it a try, just to check it out myself! I think it looks really delicious…love the beautiful crusty top on yours. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Diane!

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    1. Thanks Kathy... if you decide to make it I have one word of advice: cheese.

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  7. This was an interesting recipe and I agree with Guyla, didn't hate it, but didn't like it either. It was
    definitely missing something. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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    1. Thanks Nana, have a great Thanksgiving too. I think it was missing cheese. I'm almost tempted to try it again with Gruyere or maybe French Muenster!

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  8. Not the greatest thing ever, that's for sure. We had leftovers, and the custard got sort of thick and gluey. It was much better hot out of the oven, but even then... No repeats here. I know not at your house. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks so much... you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too.

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  9. This one was different. I think if I redid it, it would need some major modifications. I would still rather have this than the salmon in a jar...
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Diane!

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  10. LOL....your review has not convinced me that this is a recipe I need to backtrack to and make up at some point. It just didn't sound palatable to me...especially with such a picky family who would never touch it! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

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    1. I was trying to be open minded, because I'm sure it suits someone's taste... but it doesn't seem to wet the Dorista's palate... I would skip it Liz.

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  11. My younger son did more taste testing of the potato version, which I only tried a big spoon of, and reported back that the cauliflower version was more souffle like.....so I imagine this impacted my positive reporting :) Always an adventure, regardless. Glad some of your household did like it ~

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  12. I agree. Maybe with more eggs or some cheese this would've been better, but I don't think I'll be making it again to find out.

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    1. I think I'll stick to quiche. happy thanksgiving.

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  13. Ha! Texture limbo...yep, I'm with ya on that! Eating it now...I want more crunch. Very odd thing indeed. I'm going to dig out a prune & feed the rest to the chickens.

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    1. Lucky you have chickens. I put the leftover in the compost. I guess the worms will enjoy it.

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  14. I think you're right - something with gravy or jus would have helped this, though not enough that I'd make it again.

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