Winter White Cosmopolitan

Winter White Cosmopolitan
Winter White Cosmopolitan

I missed Friday Cocktails this past week. I was thinking that both I and most readers would be absorbed with family time and that a cocktail for the coming New Year festivities might be best presented today. And well, the fact that I didn’t even get this Winter White Cosmopolitan made until yesterday might have entered into my belated sharing as well!
This Winter White Cosmopolitan came about at the suggestion of a reader; she had wondered if I had ever had one at the Bonefish Grill; a chain restaurant that is highly regarded by the people I know that frequent it the most. I had not; but my interest was piqued and a quick search found several websites with a recipe and one that even had a Bonefish Grill bartender leaves comments about the updated cocktail (now served with a small amount of St. Germain liqueur).


Winter White Cosmopolitan
Ingredients
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (4g) baking soda
  • Small handful picked rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 pounds (about 2kg) russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters, sixths, or eighths, depending on size (see note)
  • 5 tablespoons (75ml) extra-virgin olive oil, duck fat, goose fat, or beef fat
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • Small handful fresh parsley leaves, minced

Directions
  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 450°F/230°C (or 400°F/200°C if using convection). Heat 2 quarts (2L) water in a large pot over high heat until boiling. Add 2 tablespoons kosher salt (about 1 ounce; 25g), baking soda, and potatoes and stir. Return to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until a knife meets little resistance when inserted into a potato chunk, about 10 minutes after returning to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, combine olive oil, duck fat, or beef fat with rosemary, garlic, and a few grinds of black pepper in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook, stirring and shaking pan constantly, until garlic just begins to turn golden, about 3 minutes. Immediately strain oil through a fine-mesh strainer set in a large bowl. Set garlic/rosemary mixture aside and reserve separately.
  3. When potatoes are cooked, drain carefully and let them rest in the pot for about 30 seconds to allow excess moisture to evaporate. Transfer to bowl with infused oil, season to taste with a little more salt and pepper, and toss to coat, shaking bowl roughly, until a thick layer of mashed potato–like paste has built up on the potato chunks.
  4. Transfer potatoes to a large rimmed baking sheet and separate them, spreading them out evenly. Transfer to oven and roast, without moving, for 20 minutes. Using a thin, flexible metal spatula to release any stuck potatoes, shake pan and turn potatoes. Continue roasting until potatoes are deep brown and crisp all over, turning and shaking them a few times during cooking, 30 to 40 minutes longer.
  5. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and add garlic/rosemary mixture and minced parsley. Toss to coat and season with more salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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