Tuiles Aux Amandes, just no almonds

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Hey Guys,

I'm in the very early stages of learning to cook for myself (those college years (not culinary)), and I'm making roast rack of lamb. I'd like something really special to go with them, in part because, well, it's fancy, and partly because I'm under the impression that making a lot of different stuff to my dishes help me broaden my horizon and making future creativity come along more easily.

I once had these 'boats' or 'baskets' with stuff in them, kind of like Tuiles Aux Amandes, just without the almonds and not near as sweet, as they were served with the main course and not the desert. Would these kinds of 'baskets' happen to have a 'culinary name' of sorts? Any pointers as to where I might look?

Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your helping this young, clueless (but fairly passionate) student.
 
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I have done mini waffle-cut potato baskets with two small ladles as the forms... a couple of metal sauce spoons used the same way may give you the shape you desire.  Hardest part is finding some wire to fasten the forms together...

Edit: when using something (spoons) that are not, um, flow-through (sieves) be sure to leave a little gap between them; don't sandwich them tightly.  It makes for a looser form, but less sticking.
 
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I agree Charron, sometimes the tip for that if you are not having to do in large quantity, is to hold the julienned potatoes in a large spider and then press a smaller spider on top, get it into the oil, hold together until done.  Out and drain on a rack. 

These things were all the rage 20 years ago, when you'd make a really big one, then fill it with battered deep fried seafood.  I like 'em a lot.

BTW....having passion is half the battle.
 
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ummm, spider?  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lookaround.gif


(feels like a 'Rockets' explaination is upcoming)
 
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Hi again guys,

Those potato baskets look real nice. Great idea! I think I might give them a try. Thanks very much for the idea.

BTW. for anyone who might be searching for this in the future, I found the dough used for the baskets I described in the original post to be called "filo dough" or "filo baskets" as seen here http://www.sanlaureda.com.au/images/sweets/filo_fruits8.jpg

BTW. this is great - I look for one thing, ending up with a lot more knowledge than just that one thing. This place's a keeper /img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif

Thanks so much guys!
 

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