Matafan (Savoie) Savory Dutch baby, Serves 4-6   425° Oven

Cook bacon in pan, mix batter, heat in large cast iron pan, finish in oven, add cheese.

  • 4 ounces bacon cut into large dice
  • 1 ½ C all purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 C milk
  •  pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 small bunch chives minced (or 4 scallions- green tops only)
  • 3 TB unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces Gruyére grated

A. Cook bacon in heavy skillet over med heat until golden. remove from heat.

B. In large bowl add flour, form well in center.  Add eggs, then 1 C milk & salt. Whisk eggs & milk then blend in flour. Whisk in remaining milk. Stir chives into batter.

C. Melt 3 TB butter into large skillet. When hot & foaming, pour in batter.Pull back edges of batter to make sure all of batter is in butter – not sticking to pan. Cook, tipping pan back & forth until batter is golden brown on bottom ~ 4 mins., reduce heat to keep bottom from browning.

D. Sprinkle bacon over batter, place skillet in oven 15- 20 min. Remove Matafan and sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

(Watercress pesto)


All vegetables, Sunset 2016  6 svgs.


  • 2 C fresh cooked shell beans – Cannelini or cranberry or  14 oz can Cannellini beans or chickpeas rinsed & drained.
  • 6 oz green beans trimmed into 1 ” pieces- blanch if desired.
  • ¼ C fresh parsley leaves
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 3 TBs chopped chives
  • 2 TBs chopped capers
  • 1 TBs lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs/juice 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp Aleppo pepper (or mild crushed red pepper flakes)

WSJ Feb 2017, Serves 6

  • 3 Lbs Yukon Gold (peeled) and quartered
  • 1½ C Whole Milk
  • 2 bunches scallions (green onions) finely chopped
  • 6 TB butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Bring potatoes in water to boil, reduce to simmer, uncovered 20 Min.
  • Heat MILK until just comes to a simmer. Turn OFF heat, ADD SCALLIONS to milk.
  • Drain cooked potatoes. Return pot, over low heat dry out a minute or so.
  • Use masher or fork until potatoes almost smooth. ADD 4 TB cut BUTTER into potatoes, ADD milk, scallions & add 1 tsp salt. Continue to mash until potatoes are smooth.
  • Transfer to a warmed bowl, make depression in middle, ADD 2 TB remaining BUTTER

Sunset 2011, made this for Thanksgiving. 8 Svgs. Preheat oven 400°

  • 4 Lbs fingerling potatoes, halved if large.(Makah Ozetta)
  • 12 oz red pearl onions

Bring potatoes to a boil in pot salted water, simmer until tender (10-15 min). Drain and put into bowl. Blanch onions in boiling water 2 mins, rinse to cool, then peel.

  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt (Maldon flakes)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Add butter, oil & spices to potatoes & onions, stir. Divide onto two baking sheets, bake, stir occasionally about 25 minutes. (Until potatoes are tender & golden.) Transfer to shallow serving dish.

  • 1/4 C Crème fraîche
  • 1/4 C heavy cream
  • 1/4 C chopped chives
  • 4 oz bacon (cooked until crisp, chpd fine)
  • 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper

Beat creams together with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir in chives, bacon and S&P. Top potatoes with ceam mixture, stir to coat.