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Pommes Anna

Pommes Anna

What are pommes Anna? It is a French recipe based on potatoes and butter. Pommes Anna are crunchy and delicious and with just a few steps you will prepare an irresistible appetiser. They look like a sort of potato cake, which is then cut into slices or squares, which makes for a perfect preparation for an aperitif. Legend has it that a famous chef of the Napoleonic era invented this recipe in honour of a beautiful courtesan named Anna. Here's how to make pommes Anna.

08 October, 2021
Average: 2.8 (16 votes)


serves for


total time

0 HR 30 MIN


Floury potatoes
1 kg
Unsalted butter
80 gr
Kosher salt
To Taste
Black pepper
To Taste

Step 01

Pomme Anna recipe

To prepare the pommes Anna, start by peeling the potatoes. Slice the potatoes finely with the help of a mandolin or a potato peeler.

Step 02

Pomme Anna Recipe

Place a pan suitable for cooking in the oven onto the stove, and melt about 20g of butter inside. Melt it over medium heat.

Step 03

Pomme Anna recipe

Now add the potatoes to the bottom, placing them very close to each other, intersecting them slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Now add a little melted butter over the entire surface and add another layer of potatoes. Season them and continue like this until you finish the ingredients.

Turn off the hob and put the pan in the oven at 200 ° C for about 30 minutes. The surface of the pommes Anna must be crunchy and golden.

Step 04

Pomme Anna recipe

When cooked, place a plate on top of the pan and turn it upside down. Your pommes Anna are ready to be served.


When making the layers, remember to lightly press the potatoes with a spatula. It is important not to wash the potato slices once they have been cut because the starch will help the cake stay compact. If you like, you can also add a mixture of aromatic herbs with a Mediterranean scent.



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