New potato gratin with tomatoes and olives

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds New potatoes; scrubbed and peeled
\N \N Salt and pepper
4 larges Ripe tomatoes
¼ cup Olive oil {plus extra for the dish}
2 \N Red onions; thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon Dried thyme
¼ teaspoon Fennel seeds; crushed
⅓ cup Pitted Kalamata olives; coarsely chopped
3 \N Cloves garlic; thinly sliced
8 \N Sprigs thyme
¼ \N Lemon; thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Capers; rinsed

* Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Oil a 2-quart casserole dish.

* Slice the potatoes ⅜-inch thick. Boil them in salted water for 4 minutes, then scoop them out, rinse under cold water, and set aside. Plunge the tomatoes into the same water for 10 seconds, then remove and rinse.

Peel, halve, and seed. Coarsely chop half of one tomato; slice the rest crosswise.

* Warm half the oil in a skillet over high heat and add the onions, dried thyme, fennel, and a little pepper. Saute until the onions are lightly browned and wilted, about 8 minutes. Transfer them to casserole dish.

* Scatter the chopped tomato, olives, half the garlic, half the thyme sprigs, and half the lemon over the top. Cover with the potatoes, intersperse with the sliced tomatoes, and tuck in the remaining garlic, thyme, and lemon. Season with salt and pepper; scatter the capers over the top, and drizzle with the remaining oil. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake until the potatoes are fully tender, 20 to 30 minutes more.

Recipe by: Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone-Deborah Madison Converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.

Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V4 #11 by alan@... on Jul 1, 1999

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