Here are some things that make me happy: Top Chef, trying new things, and bacon. So here I go trying to mix all those into one.
I had just watched this episode of Top Chef (season 3) where the contestants in their "Quickfire Challenge" had to make "paupiettes" or potato-wrapped fish. It seemed simple enough and so I thought I would try it. I didn't have a mandoline but I thought it would be okay because of my superb knife skills (ok I don't have superb knife skills but I thought I would try anyway)... Well, apparently, using a mandoline is extremely important. I ended up not being able to slice the potatoes thinly enough so that they would wrap around the fish. FAIL.
So now here I am, stuck with a beautiful filet of halibut, gorgeous leeks just waiting to be the bed for this potato-wrapped fish, and potato slices too thick to wrap around. Definition of a trial and error. So here's what I did instead: