Potato Torte and Strawberry Granita

Potato Torte
Potato Torte

For the first time yesterday I made a pastry crust! Last night’s dinner was a potato torte with cream (infused with thyme), Gruyere cheese, bacon, and pastry crust. Might I add that the crust has 2 sticks of butter in it! I felt really guilty but once we took our first bite, that guilt washed away. It was amazing! So, we didn’t eat the WHOLE thing, but we ate about 3/4 of it. How sick is that? It was so easy to eat. It seems like it would taste so heavy that you could only have a little, but the crust was so light and flaky and there is honestly not that much cream and cheese in the entire thing. Did you notice the cute “U” for “Urmos” I put in there as the vent holes for it? That keeps too much steam from building up inside the torte which would cause the crust to be soggy.

Plus, does it make us look any better that we didn’t eat the out crust of our slices of torte? And does it make it even that much better to know we had a big salad with it? Well, whatever, it made ME feel better. So that’s all that matters right?

Strawberry Granita
Strawberry Granita

And for dessert (yes I said dessert). Yes, we were able to cram even more food down our throats after that. I had made a strawberry granita earlier that day and put it in the freezer. The granita has a little mascarpone in it and is infused with mint. This is something I’ve made many times. It’s so easy and so refreshing.I’d highly recommend it…especially in the hot weather months.

Note to all, at 9:26am this monday morning, I am FINALLY feeling the fullness I should have felt last night. Ugh. Hopefully that will pass. Some exercise will definitely be in order today…but seriously, in the end, I have no regrets. Every bite was worth it and tasted just as good as the bite before.