Maui Prime has clearly established itself as the best place in West Maui to procure gourmet foods. The wide selection of gourmet pantry items, wines, prime meats and seafood, and super customer service are only some of the elements that make shopping at Maui Prime a pleasure. Working behind the counters are two honest-to-goodness chefs, Cary Buttons and Will Hawkins. Both are eager to help customers in any way they can; from choosing the best cuts of meat and seafood, to sharing insights on the best methods of preparing everything they sell.
Karin is the wine and cheese expert and can introduce you to all the imported cheeses and other delicious items shipped in daily, along with great value wines.
After placing my holiday Turducken and Free Range Organic Turkey order, I asked Chef Will if he would share his favorite holiday side dish recipe with What’s Cooking Maui readers. Knowing you would want something simple but special, he offered the following method of preparing Potatoes Dauphinoise. The famous dish was purportedly created to coaxed young “Dauphine,” later known as King Henry II, to eat his vegetables. As if we’d ever need coaxing to eat potatoes!
Chef Will’s Potatoes Dauphinoise Fit for a King
6-7 peeled potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold
2 pints cream
One clove crushed garlic
Peel potatoes then slice 1/8 inch thick using a mandoline, if available. It’s important to keep the slices uniform for even cooking.
Do not rinse the potatoes after slicing, although many recipes suggest doing so. This keeps the starch on the potatoes and helps to set the dish.
Pour cream into a bowl and salt to taste. This is your only chance to season the dish so just put in a little salt at a time, tasting after each addition. What’s important- don’t over or under salt.
Crush a clove of garlic and rub it on the bottom and sides of the 9 x 13 baking pan.
Layer the potato slices in the pan evenly and up the sides. Pour the salted cream over the top.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees, 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes to brown. Let stand 15 minutes prior to serving for dish to set-up.
Creative add-ons for the dish include sprinkling with Gruyere Cheese before final browning, adding some grated nutmeg to the cream mixture, or including thinly sliced onion with the potatoes. Here’s your chance to be creative. Just be sure to follow the basic instructions for a simple but delicious addition to your holiday table!
If you have any questions, call Maui Prime at 661-4912 and ask one of the knowledgeable team members for tips on everything from which wine to serve with Turducken to which grade caviar to order for New Year’s Eve!
142 Kupuohi St # F7
Lahaina, HI 96761-2711