Wood-Roasted New Crop Potatoes with Trefoil Cheese and Black Truffle Oil
Joseph Lenn, Blackberry Farm's chef de cuisine, serves this simple but nuanced dish as both a course on tasting menus and an accompaniment to entrées or a family-style side dish. He uses Princess LaRatte, Pontiac, or Kennebec potatoes grown on the farm, but any fingerling variety or red bliss potato will work. If you prefer an aged cheese, Lenn suggests using a microplane to grate Parmigiano-Reggiano over the final dish.
Heat a wood, charcoal, or gas grill (Lenn uses a Komodo ceramic barbecue grill) until the coals are glowing and temperature is about 450°F. In a mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, grapeseed oil, and salt, and toss the potatoes to coat.
Place the potatoes on the grill and cook until tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the grill, and place on a serving platter. Smash each potato with the back of a spoon, then season with pepper. Place the sliced Trefoil cheese over the top of the potatoes, allowing it to melt slightly. Garnish with chives and a drizzle of truffle oil. Serve immediately.
CHEATS: Use any good-quality aged cheese of your choosing. A washed-rind in the style of Reblochon is most similar to Trefoil.
By Blackberry Farm's Joseph Lenn
Photography by Heather Anne Thomas