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Fondant potatoes

Fondant potatoes, also known as ‘pommes de terre fondantes’, originate from the culinary traditions of France. This delightful side dish involves cutting potatoes into cylinders, pan-frying them to achieve a golden crust on both sides and then roasting them in the oven with a luxurious blend of stock and butter sauce. The result is a delectable potato with a crispy, golden exterior and a soft, creamy, tender interior. While preparing fondant potatoes may require a bit of time and patience, the process is quite straightforward. The following recipe will guide you through each step, ensuring that even novice cooks can master this exquisite dish.

11 May, 2023
Average: 2.8 (5 votes)

serves for

4

total time

1 HR 5 MIN

ingredients

Gold potatoes
4, large
Vegetable oil
2 tbsp (30ml)
Unsalted butter
3 tbsp (42g)
Garlic cloves
2, peeled and sliced in half
Thyme
4 sprigs, plus more for garnish
Chicken stock
1 cup (240 ml)
Fine salt
to taste
Black pepper
ground, to taste

Method

Step 01

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

 

Step 02

Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut each potato into uniform cylinders, about 2 inches (5cm) in length and 1.5 inches (3.8cm) in diameter.

Step 03

To remove excess starch on the potatoes, soak them in a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes.

Step 04

Heat the oil in an oven-proof frying pan on high heat until it shimmers slightly, then add potatoes with the flat side down. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook potatoes for 5-6 minutes until golden brown. Move them around to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Step 05

Add thyme, garlic and butter. Stir the garlic and thyme with the butter to infuse the flavours for a minute.

Step 06

Use a thyme sprig to baste the potatoes with the butter. Cook until the butter foam turns from white to a pale tan colour.

 

Step 07

Remove the garlic and pour the chicken stock around the potatoes. Pour it in slowly and carefully as it will bubble and may splash.

Step 08

Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper, and transfer the pan to the preheated oven. Cook until the potatoes are tender and creamy inside, about 35 minutes.

Step 09

Check to see if the potatoes are tender. If not, put them back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. If the pan looks too dry, top up with 1/4 cup (60 ml) of hot stock.

Step 10

Place the potatoes on a platter, drizzle them with thyme-infused butter, and add thyme sprigs for decoration. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

What to serve with fondant potatoes

You can replace traditional roast potatoes in a classic Sunday roast featuring roast beef, roast pork, roast chicken, or roast lamb with fondant potatoes for a delightful twist. Alternatively, serve them with a succulent, creamy, slow-cooked pork casserole. For a more romantic setting, fondant potatoes pair beautifully with a chicken in a white wine sauce dish, making for a memorable date night.

How to store fondant potatoes

Fondant potatoes truly taste their best when enjoyed on the same day they're prepared. If you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, add a bit of stock and pop them in the oven, though keep in mind that they might not be as crispy and creamy as when freshly made. It's worth noting that freezing isn't recommended for these potatoes, as they're best savoured fresh.

Potatoes are incredibly versatile and can be cooked in a multitude of ways, with fondant potatoes being just one delicious example. If you're keen on discovering even more delightful techniques for cooking potatoes, we've put together a fantastic article outlining seven different methods you'll surely want to try out.

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