FUCK the double down.

For those of you who don't know, the double down has come to Canada. Its a scary time in the great white north, and in honor of this terrible event, i came up with this dish. 1 patty of organic butternut squash. 1 patty of grated organic potato. topped with organic caramelized onions and 2 types of cheese.

Start off by caramelizing onions.
  • dice up 1 med sized red onion
  • add 2 tsp of butter to a pan at med-high temp
  • stir in 1/2 of the onion to pan

  • top with 1 tsp of maple syrup turn down to med temp
  • stir in 1 tsp of chipotle powder
  • continue to cook for a couple min till they look like below
  • set it aside
Now for the patties. this was a bit more work.

Potato patty:
  • Grate up 3 good size potatoes (not huge not too small)
  • Soak in cold water
  • Drain and squeeze out water
  • Add the 1/2 of onion that was not cut
  • Mix in 1 tsp of salt
  • Mix in 1 egg yolk
  • Add flour till it is the consistency that you want (a thick pancake consistency)
Butternut squash patty
  • Grate in 1/2 of grated butternut squash (equal amount to potato)
  • follow same directions as potato patty

As you start to fry up the patties turn on broil at med high heat. Use a large saucepan that has
  • 1 tbs of oil in it.

  • Fry till golden brown on both sides. (just over 5 min each side)
  • Once they are done, set it aside
  • Slice up and fry up 1 tomato (30 seconds a side)
  • Than start to layer it up.
So for layering it up.

From the bottom up
  1. Potato patty
  2. Fried Tomato
  3. Some Grated Parmesan Cheese
  4. Butternut Squash Patty
  5. Carmalized Onion
  6. Lots of Mozzarella and Parm Cheese


  1. i'd be interested to know the actual fat/calorie count for this baby. there's fried tomatoes, "lots of mozzarella and parm cheese", not to mention fried potatoes (which soak up grease and aren't very healthy to begin with)combined with an egg yolk (high in fat and cholesterol).

    also, is this for one person? 3 potatoes is an awfully large amount for one, not to mention the other patty which is made of the same amount of sweet potato.

    although the products used are organic, frying is known to decrease the vitamin count in fresh fruits in vegetables.

    i think it's great that you tried to make a better version of the double down, but i'm not sure what makes it so.

  2. For those who are interested in knowing

    My double down is a vegetarian recipe using local ingredients that have only travelled around 50 km.

    its enough for two people, but isnt that the same for a normal double down.

    your right that frying the vegetables is not the most effecient way of keeping nutrients, but it definitely tastes amazing. (thus all the cheese as well) Plus, oil is not that unhealthy if new oil is used everytime, thats why i dont use much.

    Personally i believe that eating cardboard would be better than eating the double down. this however tastes great and supports local producers.

  3. As a vegetarian and a huge supporter of our local produce, I think this is a fabulous recipe! If suggestions were up for consideration I would recommend that you give coconut oil a try as a healtier alternative to vegetable oils. As far as I know it is the only oil that doesn't turn carcinogenic when cooked at high heat. Therefor, creates minimal harmful byproducts when heated. And unlike other oils and butters it won't clog your arteries! This would be a way to lower the fat content in this recipe and still keep it as fabulous! Thanks Dan

  4. ... and the cardboard as alternative might not be produced 'organically' and within 50 km ...?! ;)

  5. News: the Double Down is no longer being sold in Canada :)