post easter meals... still moving family away from SAD, how to tweek this recipe please?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2012 at 5:36 PM

??? 3 pounds Russet Or Yukon Gold Potatoes, Washed Thoroughly ??? 2 Tablespoons Butter ??? 1 whole Yellow Onion, Diced ??? 3 cups Diced Ham ??? 1-1/2 cup Half-and-half ??? 1-1/2 cup Heavy Cream ??? 1/4 cup Flour ??? Black Pepper To Taste ??? 1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese ??? 1 cup Grated Monterey Jack Cheese ??? Chopped Parsley (optional)

I was thinking of adding double the amount of cream (in place of portion of 1/2 and 1/2) and Parmesan and Romano for the cheeses and 1-2 eggs for the flour.

before you advise me this isnt paleo. I know....I am just tweeking old SAD meals closer to paleo.

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on April 09, 2012
at 07:14 PM

In the future, use equal quantities of cauliflower instead of potatoes. Then you can keep the flavor this recipe is going for without all the extra starch. I do this for mashed potatoes (cauliflower mash) and potato salad (faux-tato salad). Ditto on the above suggestions, too :-)



on April 09, 2012
at 06:00 PM

For small steps, I'd do the following:

  1. Mix up potatoes and sweet potatoes instead of all white potatoes.
  2. Use good butter. Use a lot of it.
  3. ... and skip the half-and-half.
  4. Have thick sour cream on the table, on the side, for anyone that wants it. Don't put too much out.
  5. Buy some uncooked ham steaks (i.e. not cured and nitrated), and make and chop your own ham.
  6. I agree, stick to one cheese and prefer a Parmegianno Reggiano (grated) over Monterey Jack cheese (blech!) or cheddar.
  7. Just skip the flour. Add more Parmegianno Reggiano on top for a bit of zing.
  8. Use 1 very large onion, or 2 medium ones.
  9. Definitely use lots of parsley. Fresh.
  10. Toss more veggies in there. Root veggies with flavor would work: e.g. celeriac.

Yeah, as you noted, it's not paleo, but if you reduce all that dairy to "just enough" and "especially for flavour", it's definitely looking like a tastier meal.

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