Exploding Potato Volcano's

Bonnie Beck


I pinch this off the net.

Watch the video on how to make them.


Don't they look delicious. Will have to make them on a rainy day.

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follow all the recipes posted.

Directions Step-By-Step

The Potato Volcano:

1 piece thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbed *per Volcano*
1/8 cup shredded Gruyere Cheese *per Volcano*

Gruyere Mornay Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup shredded Gruyere
1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions for the Gruyere Mornay Sauce:
1) Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat.
2) Whisk in the flour and cook until golden and nutty.
3) Gradually whisk in the buttermilk.
4) Whisking constantly, add shredded Gruyere.
5) Whisk until Gruyere is melted and sauce is smooth.
6) Season to taste with salt.
NOTE: Makes about 1 1/4 cups Mornay Sauce.
Caramelized Onions
3 medium brown onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Directions for Caramelized Onions:
1) Peel and slice onions.
2) Heat oiled skillet to medium and fry onions on medium for 5 minutes without moving them.
3) Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue cooking and stirring for another 20 minutes, until onions are caramel in color, softened and fragrant.
NOTE: Makes about 1 1/2 cups caramelized onions.
Buttermilk Potato Pavé

1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds Idaho Russet potatoes
4 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon Canola oil
2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
fresh chives or fresh parsley (optional)
NOTES: Enjoy this as a scalloped potato or pave.

Directions for Buttermilk Potato Pavé:
1) Preheat oven to 350(F).
2) Pour buttermilk into a large bowl.
3) Season buttermilk with salt and pepper.
4) Peel potatoes and slice into disks.
5) Soak disks in buttermilk.
6) In a parchment or wax paper-lined loaf pan, layer potatoes with butter pieces.
7) Pour any remaining buttermilk mixture over top of potatoes.
8) Wrap potatoes and cover with aluminum foil.
9) Bake in a preheated 350(F) oven for 2 hours or until soft all the way through.
10) Cool potatoes to room temperature and place a weighted loaf pan on top of potatoes to compress.
11) “Pop” the potatoes from the pan and remove the paper. Cut and trim the potatoes into one inch cubes.
12) Place a crushed garlic clove in the center of a skillet and fry the cubes in canola oil over medium heat just until the outsides are golden and the center is warmed through.
13) Garnish with chopped fresh chives or parsley.
14) Share and enjoy.
White Bread
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
Recipe makes enough dough for 10-12, 4 ounce portions of dough.

Directions for White Bread Dough:
1) Dissolve sugar in warm water, about 130(F) in bowl of electric mixer.
2) Sprinkle yeast on top of water. Wait for yeast to “bloom,” 2-5 minutes.
3) With dough hook attached, begin adding flour one cup at a time to form dough.
4) Add oil and season with salt.
5) Knead into a ball and cover.
6) Allow to rise for 2 hours, until doubled in size.
7) Punch down and allow to rise for two hours more, until doubled to tripled in size.
8) Portion into 4 ounce balls and allow to rise a final time before rolling.
NOTE: Makes about 2 pounds white bread dough.

Directions for Assembling The Potato Volcano:
1) Preheat oven to 350(F).
2) On a floured board, roll out dough into a circle.
3) Top each each dough circle with 1/8 cup of shredded Gruyere.
4) Crumble piece of cooked bacon on top of Gruyere.
5) Top bacon with 2-3 tablespoons caramelized onions.
6) Place a crisp square of Buttermilk Potato Pavé on top.
7) Wrap the entire package up tucking and pinching as you go.
8) Place the Volcanoes on the baking sheet, seam side down.
9) Cut a small “X” on the top to make the volcano hole.
10) Whisk egg and brush egg onto Volcanoes.
11) Top each Volcano with the remaining Gruyere.
12) Bake in a 350(F) oven for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling.
13) Pipe Mornay sauce into the Volcanoes through the “X”, allowing some overflow.
14) Share and enjoy.