You know what’s the greatest thing ever? When you finish mopping the entire house and a certain 12-year-old decides it’s a good time to walk through the house wearing shoes that have just walked through wet grass, that’s what. My favorite.
Yep, that would be Brock. He really knows how to make his sister happy, uh huh. Are sensing the heavy sarcasm here? Well, the only way to deal with Brock on a daily basis is to become a master at self-control and comic relief. We gave up trying to predict or figure him out years ago because it’s a pointless effort that’s not worth the brain cells lost.
Of course, he wasn’t apologetic at all until about an hour later when he wanted me to make a smoothie. Then it was all “I’m so sorry I tracked grass on the floor Tori…..can you make a smoothie!” It’s a consensual mystery in our house how he has managed to survive to the age of 12. It’s most likely because he possesses the talent to make you laugh even when you’re really frustrated with him.
He freaked us all out the other day because he did something that could have ended very badly. This house has a cellar and a hatch-style cellar door in the back yard and it’s right off the patio so he is always jumping off onto the door trying to do Parkour moves. It’s kept shut about 99 percent of the time but one of my other brothers happened to be down there and he had opened it to the tall stairwell beneath. Brock very nearly jumped into it and I can hardly stand think about what could have happened next. Ugghhh, that kid! I try not to pick on my siblings too often in my ramblings but sometimes he’s just asking for it.
But let’s focus on happier and more relevant thoughts. Did you know that purple potatoes were a thing? Well, I didn’t until my dad brought a bag of them home from our favorite produce market (he’s learned how to make me happy). Okay, maybe I did know but I’ve never given them a second thought because I didn’t know I’d be able to find them. Apparently they are very common in South America and I’m thinking where have I been all this time? I think I’m definitely going to be hooked now that I’ve tried them. I mean, you guys know how much I love natural colors in food and, could it get more colorful than that bright purple? Love.It.
They basically taste the same as any other potato variety, so you can use them in everything you’d put potatoes in. I made the spur of the moment decision to make this quiche or tart (whatever you want to call it) just so I could showcase the color.
So, I know this tart seems kind of carb on carb, at least that’s what my mom said when I made it, but it’s not like I loaded it with only potatoes. There as a good amount of eggs and milk and stuff to balance it out and, as this is more of a breakfasty brunch thing it okay to be a bit carby right? Hello, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and syrup, bread and jam…. I’d say we’re doing pretty good here in comparison.
If you can’t find purple potatoes you could make this with any variety. Hey, it would be delicious with sweet potatoes in the fall, yum!
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 1/3 cup cold butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 large or 4 small purple potatoes, sliced in rings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced into rings
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Combine butter, salt, and flour in a food processor and pulse until fine and crumbly. Add sourdough starter and pulse until a dough forms. Scrape dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into circle(ish) shape that's about 1/4 inch thick. Roll dough sheet around rolling pin and gently lift over a 10-inch greased tart pan and unroll. Press gently down and shape edges then cut off any excess. Poke holes in crust with a fork and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the center looks dry on top. Remove and cool.
- Place potatoes in a small pot and cover with water then place over medium high heat a boil until fork tender, about 25 minutes. While potatoes cook,saute onions and garlic in a small skillet with 1 tablespoon oil for 4 to 5 minutes until browned. Set aside to cool.
- Whisk eggs, milk, and cream in a medium mixing bowl until combined, thne add salt, pepper, nutmeg, paprika. Layer some of the potato slices, onion garlic mixture and blue cheese crumbles in prepared crust and pour egg mixture over top. Top with remaining potatoes, onion, and blue cheese and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until center is set. Serve hot.