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Rocking Brunch

September 19, 2014

A leisurely breakfast is one of my favorite things. The trick is that breakfast can’t be too leisurely. Eggs and toast get cold. Oatmeal congeals. Pancakes dry out. Cereal gets soggy. Coffee gets tepid. You get the idea.

Sometimes just getting to sit down in peace and quiet with a good cup of coffee and the printed version of a newspaper is a real luxury.

But when I want a really rocking brunch, I make potatoes. My secret is keeping a stash of boiled potatoes in the fridge for just such an occasion. When the urge strikes, I’ll dice one up and maybe even rummage through my collection of reserved fats. Bacon fat is earmarked for scrambled eggs. But lamb fat, beef tallow, and duck fat are all fair game. Butter is delicious too, although I’ll sometimes combine that with a splash of olive or safflower oil, just for good measure.

Even though the potatoes start out cooked through, this still takes more fat than many people are comfortable putting into their bodies. It also take quite a bit of time to get a deep golden crust. I learned this once the hard way by sitting at the counter of my favorite diner and watching the cook work her magic with potatoes on the griddle.

If all of this sounds like just a bit too much work, there is another way to have a rocking leisurely brunch.

Chef Josh Coletto has put together a monthly Rock N Roll Brunch at The Low Beat in Albany. This Sunday will be his sixth installment of these high flying acts of derring-do.

The menu is a continual work in progress until the final day. Here’s the latest iteration of the menu I could find:

The Hash
Brussels sprout and tofu hash with sweet potatoes, turnips, onions and garlic topped with spiced cashew creme (add eggs to make it non vegan)

The Sandwich
Croque Madame: brioche and smoked ham sandwich, covered with mornay sauce (delicious and cheesy) topped with 2 sunny side up eggs

The French Toast
Butternut squash bread-pudding french-toast topped with dulce de leche

The Pancake
Carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese sauce and pecans

The Biscuits and Gravy
Choose vegetarian or house made sausage, served with 2 eggs

The Donut
Fresh beignets

The Details
Sunday, 10:30am – 2:00pm
The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave, Albany, New York

I know. It’s more good stuff that’s happening with food in Albany. But this event just happens one time per month. So if you miss it this weekend, you’ll just have to wait and wait for the October brunch. A month is a long time to pine over Josh’s biscuits and gravy.

Oh, there’s music too. But I cannot comment on that one way or the other. I don’t even listen to music when I cook. Although maybe I should start. Have a great weekend. I hope it’s delicious.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 19, 2014 10:17 am

    We love Josh Coletto’s work. We’ve had the chance to work with him on a few occasions and supply him some cheese and cured meats regularly. In this case we collaborated on the Croque Madame.

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