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Pommes Chef Anne

Cook Time:
40 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins
Servings:
4
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Chef notes

Parmigiano and olive oil put an Italian spin on classic French pommes Anna. The cheesy Parm adds flavor to the tender interior of the potato cake while the olive oil ensures and extra crispy exterior. It's a three-ingredient dish that is super simple to make, but the result is really delicious and impressive.

Technique tip: In step 3, it is extremely important to drain the excess oil out the side of the pan. This is to prevent the hot oil burning you!

Special equipment: A mandoline slicer.

Ingredients

  • 3 russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano
  • kosher salt

Preparation

1.

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

2.

Working 1 potato at a time, slice very thin on the mandoline. It is important to work with purpose here (quickly) because the potatoes will discolor. Do not put the potatoes in water because this will wash the starch off the potatoes. Coat an 8-inch nonstick sauté pan with olive oil, using the potato slices starting from the center make concentric circles of potatoes. Remember that eventually the bottom will be the top, so it is important for the first circles of potatoes to look pretty. Brush each layer with olive oil, and every second or third layer, sprinkle liberally with grated Parmigiano and salt. After every layer of potatoes press the potatoes so they are very compact. Repeat this process with the remaining 2 potatoes.

3.

Place the pan of potatoes over medium heat and cook until the olive oil begins to sizzle and the potatoes begin to brown on the bottom. Put the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place a tight-fitting lid on the pan. Drain the excess oil out the side of the pan (draining the excess oil is important if you attempt this without draining the oil it will drain out on your wrist and burn you). After the excess oil has been drained, completely flip the pan so the cake is turned out onto the bottom of the lid, then slide the cake off the lid back into the pan so the brown side of the cake is now up and the top becomes the bottom.

4.

Return the cake to the oven and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the cake is fork tender. Cut into wedges and serve.