Thursday, November 6, 2008

Potato Napoleon with Cilantro Pesto

Napoleon is actually a layered pastry dish made with layered puff pastry dough,nuts,cream etc.Basically they are sweet custard slices.Savoury versons are also available with spinach,potato eggplant etc.In savoury versions, the puff pastry is substitute by a vegetable like eggplant,zucchini and potato,mushrooms,etc or they may be an ingredient.I first heard about in a foodie talk show and was curious as to what they were.After searching a lot I recreated a potato napoleon and here it is.The recipe is experimented from various sources.

Ingredients:

Potato: 1 big
Eggplants: optional few round slices or 1 medium eggplant
Mozarella cheese: few slices or little shredded

Pesto: Ingredients to be adjusted as per taste

Cilantro/Coriander: small bunch
Walnuts: handful
Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Garlic: 1 clove or more as per taste

Salt & Pepper

Preparation:
Slice potatoes using a mandoline or knife and cook till little tender in boiling salted water.Keep aside.If using eggplants, slice them into medium thick rounds and apply salt and keep aside for a few minutes.Then gently squeeze these and shallow fry them in a pan or broil or roast them.I had leftover roasted slices -roasted at 450F for 10-12 minutes after drizzling with pepper and oil- which I used.This is optional though. You can use tomatoes,zucchini or whatever colourful vegetable that you or stick to potatoes only.

Meanwhile combine the all the pesto ingredients including little salt,pepper and little oil and blend well adding extra oil in between to obtain the needed consistency.

Take a potato slice,put a spoonful of pesto,cover with an eggplant round.Lightly press the eggplant round so that the pesto is spread out.Top this eggplant with more pesto followed by another potato slice.You can repeat many layers-I did only 2 as I had used only one potato.Finally top the dish with shredded or sliced mozarella cheese and keep in a baking sheet.Do this process till all the potato slices are used up and drizzle more pepper if needed and broil this for 6-8 minutes in the oven till the cheese is lightly browned.

Alterntively if you are not using any cheese topping,you can warm the pesto a little (or use raw if preferred)and spoon it over potatoes and create layers and simply serve as an appetizer.



It was tasty atleast much much better than expected and would be making it again,and this layered approach makes it a bit different from normal appetizers we see.We can also say it is pesto sandwiched between potato slices-potato pesto double layered sandwich or whatever.Well,Whatever name you call it,you should enjoy the dish-it is tasty and easy to prepare. :D

Gorging on this appetizer on Recipe Marathon Day#6,lets see what fellow athletes are putting forth in their party trays:
1) DK 2) Siri 3) Srivalli 4) Ranji 5)PJ 6)Medha 7)Priya 8)Bhawna 9)Raaji 10)Ruchii 11)Anu 12)Kamala 13)Roopa 14)Divya Kudua 15)Rekha 16)Divya M 17)Lakshmi 18)Raaga 19)LakshmiVenkatesh 20) Sripriya 21)Viji 22)Kamalika 23)Pavani


24 Comments:

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

so easy and tempting. and what a great name

Priya said...

Love the dish's name..quite creative..delicious they r..am drooling now here..

Medhaa said...

Love the presentation and sounds interesting.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Yummy. Yummy recipe. Something new to me. Awesome presentation also.

lakshmi said...

i am convinced that you're my long lost sister from the previous birth.

first of all, you use walnuts for your pesto and secondly, you make eggplant stacks with potato!!! this is so much like what i see in my kitchen!!

Yasmeen said...

A napoleon with potatoes,your certainly are very creative and diverse with your recipes,good job!

Purva Desai said...

It looks tempting and can be made in a jiffy....thanks for sharing such wonderful recipe....

anudivya said...

Boy! I love that cilantro pesto. Sounds delicious.

Cham said...

Napoleon is just pretty with the combo of pesto!

Bhawana said...

wow this looks yummmmmmy :). well presented :).

Madhu said...

Very appetizing,nice recipe.

kamala said...

Lovely name..the layers look pretty

Simran said...

It's a lovely appetizer

Simran said...

It's a lovely appetizer

raaji said...

what a catchy name......
simple yet colorful......

Divya Kudua said...

Great presentation and even better pics..!!

Roopa said...

wow , i cant wait to use my broiler for this, as you can see from my blog posts, i have been using broiler a lot these days, ur recipe looks perfect considering i have all the right ingredients:)

Sagari said...

very nice recipee

Uma said...

This is such a catchy title! And the dish looks equally catchy!

rekhas kitchen said...

cilantro pesto is very intresting that plate looks so yummmm

Adlak's tiny world said...

name itself inviting to have. Yumm and tasty pesto.

visit and have something from my tiny world dear.

G.Pavani said...

it looks yummy and so easy to prepare and thanku for welcoming in RM

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you for letting me know about the recipe marathon. The problem is i may not be able to post on sunday's due to Rendezvous With Kitchen Flavours event. Hope you got me. Waiting for your entries to the event.

Pearlsofeast said...

wow cilantro pesto with walnuts, great idea.

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