Pastirma-Leek Potato Gratin (Pastırmalı Pırasalı Patates Graten)
This is an “almost” Turkish recipe because of the pastirma. It is not easy to find Turkish or, even better, Armenian pastirma, pastrami, in US, but it’s not impossible either. I buy pastirma from international markets. To see what pastirma looks like click here.
-pastirma is optional
1 pound/bag of baby potatoes, red or golden peeled and sliced thinly
2 leeks, chopped finely
10 strips of pastrami, cut in thin slices (you can have more or less)
1 cup cream
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 cup or more crumbled feta or grated cheddar cheese
-Grease an oven pan (I used an 11 X 9 inch one) and place one layer of potatoes. Season with salt, black pepper, pepper flakes, and garlic. Sprinkle half of the leeks and pastrami. Put another layer of potatoes. Season with salt, black pepper, pepper flakes, and garlic. Add the other half of leeks and pastrami. Finally, put the last layer of potatoes. (With less ingredient, you can easily have only two layers of potatoes)
-In a little pot mix cream, stock, and bay leaves. First bring them to a boil and then turn it off.
-Top with grated cheese. Pour the creamy mixture on top (take the bay leaves out). Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F for 40-60 minutes loosely covered with an aluminum foil. For a crispy top, uncover and broil for 5 -10 minutes or until lightly brown.
This is a recipe I tried for a Turkish food blogging event “Patates Ye” (Eat Potatoes) which is hosted by Evren of Annemin Mutfak Kokusu (the smell of my mom’s kitchen).