berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

Berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos is the kind of skillet dish that impresses with flavor and looks! Perfect with any meal, it’s a win!

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Expressions of love. How do you show it? All of us do. In so many many different ways. No doubt, those who love to cook and entertain show their love and passion for people through feeding them and bringing them together for gatherings.

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When six passionate foodies come together to learn better food photography, what do they need? Well, they need food. Finished dishes. All kinds of dishes! To photograph. And, then they need people to share in this excitement. To eat the food. To enjoy the communal experience.

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That’s exactly what happened for five days when Kita of Pass the Sushi and I brought into one home, one kitchen, one location four other foodies who wanted to express their passionate love through food. This recipe, berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos, is just one of the recipes.

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Merry, a consummate award-winning home cook, whose blog is A Merry Recipe , created this recipe for the community harvest table feast that was hosted outdoors on my new reclaimed barnwood harvest table. Seating 16 comfortably, this table was lined with skillets, bowls, pots and platters of amazing food.

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What makes this recipe even more special is that I made the berbere spice mixture from my cookbook, Ally’s Kitchen~A Passport for Adventurous Palates. If you don’t have it yet, it’s so worth the investment.

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Another thing about this recipe, IF you don’t want to make the berbere, then here are some options for purchasing it from Amazon

It’s a very versatile spice mixture to have in your cabinet!

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Full of global easy to create recipes and amazing spice mixture blends, you’ll find this is your go to cookbook that allows you to spread your wings and use only my ideas as your launching pad for your ingenious creations!

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Isn’t that what food’s all about? Putting your eclectic spin on it. Tweaking something to make it your ‘own’. Then sharing with others to show your love for them!

berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

Yield: 8+ hungry eaters/One 10" cast iron skillet


  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 5 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Berbere Seasoning Blend, make the mixture using my cookbook recipe or purchase from Amazon
  • 2 cups leeks, cleaned well and thinly sliced/chopped
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced, remove seeds to reduce spiciness
  • 1 Tbl. garlic, minced
  • 6 ounces shredded farmhouse or Vermont white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnish: cilantro, rosemary and/or parsley


  1. Slice all potatoes 1/8-inch thick on a mandolin slicer or cut by hand. Toss potato slices in 3 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with Berbere seasoning; set aside.
  2. In a 10-inch cast iron inch skillet or oven-proof skillet, over medium heat, sauté leeks and jalapeno in 2 tablespoons oil for 5 minutes. Add garlic during the last minute of cooking leeks and jalapeno then transfer to a bowl.
  3. Keeping pan on medium, arrange 2 layers potatoes and lightly salt. Spread half leek mixture, 2 layers potatoes, lightly salt, half shredded cheese. Continue layering potatoes, salt, leeks, ending with a layer of cheese.
  4. Pour chicken broth over all potatoes in skillet and drizzle with a little extra olive oil.
  5. Grease a sheet of foil and press potatoes down to pack. Leave foil on and bake 45 minutes. Uncover potatoes, bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is golden and potatoes are tender.
  6. Garnish top of potatoes with cilantro, rosemary and/or parsley.

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berbere potatoes with leeks & jalapenos

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