Friday, November 22, 2013
FFWD Salty-Sweet Potato Far
In the almost 4 years that I've worked in the DC office of my company, I've probably purchased lunch less than 10 times. Almost every day I just eat leftovers from the night before. I think my co-workers used to be surprised by my unusual lunches (in part because I don't eat red meat, I eat a lot of unusual things like lentil "meatballs" for lunch) but by now they've gotten used to it. So, when I brought my leftover far in for lunch they took one look at it and asked me what I was eating. Someone guessed souffle, and someone else bread pudding. I started to explain that I'm participating in this group that's cooking through a cookbook, and so I had to make this recipe this week even though it wasn't one I ever would've chosen. Someone immediately cut me off, and challenged whether I really "had" to make the recipe. I explained that I'm a total rules follower and so, yes, if the group chose it I had to make it. I then started describing what was in the far: bacon (turkey), shredded potatoes, raisins, plums, and pancake batter (flour, eggs, and milk). One of my co-workers commented, correctly, that it was like someone just took all of the traditional breakfast ingredients and crammed them together. I think that describes this recipe quite well. However, this was one of those cases where the whole seemed to be less than the sum of its parts. I love all of the ingredients individually, and generally have no problem with recipes that mix savory and sweet, but I wasn't a big fan of this recipe. It just seemed a little heavy, a little leaden, and a little bland. I, stupidly, didn't listen to Dorie and reduced the salt called for which certainly didn't help, but even if the salt had been right I just don't think I would've been a big fan of this recipe. It was okay to try, but it isn't one I'll be making again.