Mini Pommes Anna
Mini Pommes Anna ~ A rustic French side dish made of sliced potatoes gets a mini update, making it elegant and worthy enough for a Thanksgiving side dish.
This is a four ingredient dish consisting of potatoes, butter, salt and pepper. It’s simple to make and easy to assemble. And it also will be the first of a few side dishes and mini appetizers I will be sharing for Thanksgiving.
I know, what’s a baker doing going savory? Don’t worry desserts are still on the table, I just thought it would be nice to break it up a bit and share with you some simple but delicious holiday appetizers and side dishes.
With that out of the way . . . Pommes Anna is a classic dish that is usually made in a skillet or a cast iron pan. But I decided a few years back to minify them – what a surprise, right?
And I have to say this is the only way I make a Pommes Anna now. Partly because it’s easier but also partly because everyone that I serve this to, loves the look of the delicate layers of potatoes stacked high.
A few notes:
- Make sure to buy petite Yukons or small potatoes that will easily fit in a muffin pan or popover pan.
- Most classic Pommes Anna recipe call for clarified butter and to start on the stove top and then finish in the oven. I bypassed the clarified butter and the stovetop and threw it straight in the oven, turned down the heat and baked it low and slow.
- You can use a knife to thinly cut your potatoes or use a mandoline. I however did not have a mandoline handy, so I improvised and used a vegetable peeler instead. I have to say, I’m quite impressed with the results and how easy and successful a vegetable peeler can be to get paper thin slices.
Mini Pommes Anna
Makes approximately 12 Mini/Individual Pommes Anna.
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter walls of muffin wells.
- 2 lb. bag of petite Yukon gold potato
- 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
- 1 ½ tablespoon of kosher salt
- 2 teaspoon of black pepper
- Wash and peel potatoes. Slice potatoes as thin as you can with a knife or use vegetable peeler to get paper thin slices. Placed sliced potatoes in a bowl and toss with melted butter. Start in the center and form the first layer by overlapping each slice in a circular pattern. Lightly sprinkle layer with salt and pepper. Arrange second layer working in the opposite direction of the first. Lightly sprinkle layer with salt and pepper. Continue layering potatoes in opposite directions, sprinkling with salt and pepper along the way until pan wells are filled to the top.
- Cover top of pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for about another 15 minutes until edges start to turn golden brown. To remove, cover the top of pan with foil and turn it upside down onto the foil. Tilt the pan with one corner and carefully lift a small opening of foil in the opposite corner to drain any excess butter. Transfer released Mini Pommes Anna to platter and serve.