A few nights ago, the sisters and I decided to have a mini potluck and cards night. Nothing fancy, just a bit of good food and a game of cards (and maybe a bottle or two of wine). It was so fun to go to the little house in the woods, for such a cozy evening.
I knew that one would be doing chicken, and the other a salad, so decided to go with potatoes. And some rutabaga. And some prosciutto. And butter. So good, and it hit all the comfort food marks. I made it earlier in the day, and just put it in the oven to finish just in time to leave.
This dish is very traditional, except for the prosciutto, but why be a traditionalist when you can try something new? After all, they’re just vegetables…
2½ lbs potatoes
1½ lbs rutabaga
3 T butter (1 + 2)
salt & pepper to season
1 T canola oil for the pan
4 slices prosciuttto
10” cast iron skillet (I’m sure another oven proof type of skillet would work, but I used my cast iron one)
Peel and cut up the potatoes & rutabagas.
Put into a large pot, and cover with water.
Bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium low, partially cover, and continue cooking until the rutabaga can be easily pierced with a knife.
Drain the vegetables, and return to pot.
Put over low heat for a couple of minutes, shaking the pot a bit, to help dry the veg.
Turn off the heat and let rest for 20 minutes to an hour.
While the vegetables are resting, grease the skillet with the canola oil. Use a brush to be sure to spread it all over the bottom and sides.
Cut the prosciutto slices in half lengthwise, making 8 ribbons.
Starting at the center of the skillet, arrange the ribbons like spokes, being sure to lightly press them to the pan, across the bottom and up the sides. Any extra length can hang outside for now. Once done, you’ll have 8 spokes, evenly spaced.
Mash the vegetables, adding in 1 tablespoon of butter, and seasoning with salt & pepper.
Spoon the mash into the prepared pan, being careful not to push the prosciutto out of place.
Pat it all smooth, and run a fork across the top, to create lots of surface area for crisping up.
Cut 2 tablespoons of butter into about 8 pieces, and dot the top of the mash.
Let it sit at room temperature for about an hour and a half before cooking, to take the chill off.
Preheat the oven to 400°
Set the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
Run a knife around the edge, being careful not to move the prosciutto.
Invert a serving plate, larger than the diameter of the skillet, over the pie. Hold the handle of the skillet, and place your other hand flat over inverted plate, and turn the two to release the pie onto the plate.
Exclaim how clever you are! Everyone should gather to look in wonder at your beautiful dish.