Nov 22 2011
I have to admit, I had never heard of Michael Symon before the daily show The Chew started, but I’ve since had the pleasure of spending one hour every afternoon with him. Since first seeing him on the show, I’ve found out that he’s an Iron Chef, owns several restaurants, is a huge family guy, and seems like just about one of the sweetest and funniest people you could ever meet. What I first noticed about him was also that I liked everything he cooked – everything! And he has my same philosophy about cooking – he loves lard, he loves fat, he loves pork, and as long as you’re still making real food, he’s not afraid of it. That being said, on with his recipe for Fried Potatoes.
Chef Symon made this on Fry-Day or Lard Day, or some themed day on The Chew promoting fat and unhealthy cooking in just about every way. Michael made this dish to prove that cooking in lard is ideal for deep-frying and that it’s not as terribly bad for you as people think. I didn’t have any lard on-hand (or else I totally would have used it!) but this recipe for fried potatoes is fantastic – one more winner from Michael Symon! He did include Parmesan with his, although his is sliced, which looks a little nicer on top of the potatoes; and he didn’t include bacon with his recipe. I figured that since he is the self-declared Prince of Pork, he wouldn’t have a problem with it. Also having to make do with the fresh herbs that I had in my fridge (which differed from his rosemary and oregano,) I can still say that this is an incredibly tasty dish that I will happily be making again!