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The Senior Editor of Cook’s Country Magazine Is A New Londoner (Recipe Included)

Ashley Moore, who grew up in New London, Connecticut works for America’s Test Kitchen in Boston and is Senior Editor of their Cook’s Country Magazine. Moore is also a television cook, at ATK, her shows are seen on PBS. She set out to be an actress, even went out to Los Angeles to try to make that work, but ended up back on the east coast where she attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island where she really learned to cook. Fast forward, she lands a job at ATK where she combines her love for food along with her outgoing personality. Below is her adaptation of Lighthouse Inn Potatoes. She grew up near the now closed Inn in New London. You can see her making that dish on her show HERE.



Lighthouse Inn Potatoes

Once you taste these seductive spuds, you’ll have a new favorite for family gatherings, holiday potlucks and yes, even weeknight meals.

Serves 8-10

2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup)

1 cup panko bread crumbs

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 6 tablespoons cut into 6 pieces

Salt and pepper

2½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

3 cups light cream, divided (may substitute heavy cream but not half-and-half, which tends to break)

1/8 teaspoon baking soda (for stability and silkiness)

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, panko, 4 tablespoons melted butter and ¼ teaspoon salt. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the potato chunks, 2½ cups light cream, 1/8 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.

(You’ll think that this is too much salt. You’ll be tempted to use less. Don’t do it. Follow the recipe. The sauce will be salty, but in the end the potatoes will be perfection.)

Bring this mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. The potatoes will want to stick, so stir them frequently. Reduce the heat to low and cook at a bare simmer, still stirring often, until a paring knife slides easily into several potato chunks without the potatoes crumbling apart, 20 to 25 minutes.

You don’t want the potatoes mushy. As soon as the biggest chunks yield easily to the knife, get them off the heat and stir in the remaining ½ cup of cream and the remaining 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Keep stirring until the butter has melted, about 1 minute.

Pour the creamy potato mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. (You’ll want to butter the dish, but you don’t have to.)

If you’re making the potatoes ahead, proceed below. If you are cooking them immediately, sprinkle the Parmesan-panko mixture evenly over the top. Bake, uncovered, until the potatoes are bubbling and the crumb topping is nicely browned, around 15-20 minutes. Let the potatoes cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

To make ahead and bake later: After the potato mixture has been transferred to the baking dish, let it cool completely, then cover the dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready, before applying the Parmesan-panko topping, bake the potatoes at 375 degrees, covered, until they’re heated through, about 35 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and apply the topping evenly. Bake again, now uncovered, for another 15-20 minutes until the top is nicely browned.

Original recipe from Ashley Moore and Cook’s Country magazine, December/January 2017.