For the Chef Darren McGrady episode, I prepared a side dish of potatoes. On of my all time favorite potatoes is a "fondant" potato. It is a shaped potato with 14 cuts to for a sort of beveled, bar of soap shaped disk that is cooked in lots of butter, thus the fondant or melting title for the dish.
Chef Darren wanted to do a gratin potato with a special English cheese called Derby Sage. It was not possible to get the cheese in time for the episode so I made my fondant gratinée potatoes.
From Wikipedia: "Sage Derby /ˈdɑrbi/ is a variety of Derby cheese that is mild, mottled green and semi-hard, and has a sage flavour. The colour is from sage and sometimes other colouring added to the curds, producing a marbling effect and a subtle herb flavour. The colour is formed either by mixing sage leaves into the curd before it is pressed or by the addition of "green curd" from green corn or spinach juice. In the latter case, the flavour has to be created with colourless sage extract. The sage gives the cheese an almost minty flavour. Parsley, spinach and marigold leaves, bruised and steeped before use, can also be included instead of the sage leaves. It is aged for one to three months."
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