Stuffed potatoes with grappa, Grana Padano mousse, spinach and beef tartare

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Stuffed potatoes with grappa, Grana Padano mousse, spinach and beef tartare


. Difficulty: Medium . Serves: 4 people . Preparation time: 1 hour and 15 minutes


For the Grana Padano Mousse:
150 ml milk      
75 ml vegetable broth     
150 ml cream, whipped
50 g mascarpone     
225 g Grana Padano, grated    
1 lemon, 4 gelatin sheets     
Thyme, rosemary, black pepper to taste
For the grappa potatoes:
5 big potatoes      
2 peppers (red & yellow)    
2 red onions      
250 g Grana Padano (over 16 months) grated 
50 g olive oil      
25 g capers      
100 g mushrooms, diced    
50 g crème fraiche/sour cream   
100 ml Grappa      
700 g fresh spinach (baby leaves preferably) 
For the spinach:
700 g fresh spinach (baby leaves preferably)
25 g butter
50 g hazelnuts (or pine nuts)
1 clove garlic
For the beef tartare:
500 g best beef, finely chopped
40 g chopped gherkins
25 g finely chopped shallots
2 egg yolks, 2 crushed sardines 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Ketchup, 1 tsp mustard
Tabasco, salt&pepper, dried marjoram


For the Grana Padano Mousse:
Bring the milk with the vegetable broth, thyme and Grana Padano to boiling point, stirring. Then turn the heat off.  Leave for 30 minutes and then sieve the liquid.
Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water, squeeze and add them to the warm milk mixture to dissolve. 
Fold in the mascarpone and the whipped cream.
Fill small, with cold water, wetted, ramekins with this mixture and cool for at least 4 hours.
For the grappa potatoes:
While the mousse cools, boil the potatoes until nearly cooked through, cut in half, and scoop out most of the inside.
Mix the scooped out potatoes with 125g Grana Padano and the remaining ingredients to make a filling.
Fill the mixture into the hollow potatoes and sprinkle with 125g grated Grana Padano.
Cook in the oven at 180 ° C for about 15 minutes.
For the spinach:
Fry the shallots and garlic in a little butter with the hazelnuts (or pinenuts). Remove garlic then add spinach and toss until just wilted. Season.
For the tartare:
Mix all ingredients together. If extra seasoning is needed add lemon juice….

Prepare the plates as in the photo.
Frank Oehler