Pommes Anna

pommes anna

This is a very simple but complex dish.  Potatoes, butter salt & pepper.  It doesn’t get much simpler than this.  The key is extremely thin layers of potato, butter, salt & pepper.  I can’t quite explain how good these are, except to give you some evidence:  I made them Saturday night in the mini tins as you can see below.  I made them as a side with a fantastic filet mignon I got from the butcher.  Bill took one bite of the potatoes and declared they were the most amazing he has ever had in his whole life……..better than the best french fry, or the best au gratin or the best hash browns, or the best mashed potaotes…..I think you get the drill.

I then proceeded to make them again Sunday night to go with family dinner.  This was justified as I wanted a photo of when you make it whole and slice as well as the individual.  I got no arguments from Bill, as far as he was concerned, as long as he got to eat it again, he didn’t care why!  Oh and Will and Bill fought for the leftovers for breakfast :)

This is a tad tedious to make.  You MUST use a mandolin or don’t even bother, the thin layers are what makes this.  Pour yourself a glass of wine (after you have finished with the mandolin) and lovingly add the layers.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

pommes anna mini

Pommes Anna
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 6
  • 7 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1 Stick of melted unsalted butter
  • Sea Salt & Fresh ground pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Peel the potatoes and using a mandolin, slice the potatoes super thin.
  3. Brush a cake pan with butter all over the pan.
  4. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer, around in a circle, starting with outside and buidling in, until you have 1 layer of potatoes.
  5. Brush the potatoes with the butter and season with salt & pepper.
  6. Continue this process until the pan is filled.
  7. Cook the potatoes for 30 minutes. Take the potatoes out of the oven and using a spatula, make sure they are able to move and not stick.
  8. Cook for an additional 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are very soft.
  9. Rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Flip potatoes over and slice into wedges.