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Potatoes Anna (or Pommes Anna)

on October 20, 2012

Even though a lot of the garden didn’t pan out for us this year we have managed to get enough potatoes that should last us until next spring. Time to dig out some favorite recipes!

Potatoes Anna (or Pommes Anna) is a simple French potato dish that is, absolutely, delish. According to Julia Child, “it was created during the era of Napoleon III and named, as were many culinary triumphs in those days, after one of the grandes cocottes of the period. Whether it was an Anna Deslions, an Anna Judic, or simply Anna Untel, she has also immortalized the special double baking dish itself, la cocotte a pommes Anna, which is still made and which you can still buy at a fancy price.”

Fancy prices are not necessary for this dish. All you need is potatoes, butter, salt and pepper!

Potatoes Anna


  • 6 medium-sized Potatoes (you can peel them if you want. Ours have thin skins and I left them on).
  • 6 Tbs. Butter, melted (don’t skimp here and use margarine or some icky substitute).
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.


1). Preheat the oven to 450F. Cut the potatoes, either using a food processor or knife, 1/4″ or thinner, lengthwise (to form circles).

2). Brush the bottom of a round pan (preferred is cast iron, but I’m a rebel and used a square glass baking dish) with 1-1/2 Tbs. butter and, starting at the center of the pan, arrange the potato slices, slightly overlapping each, in a circular pattern going out toward the edge of the pan until the whole bottom is covered. Then brush the potatoes with another 1-1/2 Tbs. butter and season with Salt & Pepper. Repeat the potato, butter, salt & pepper for another 2 layers.

3). Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake another 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from the oven & let the potatoes sit a few minutes.

4). At this point, if you want a fancier presentation, you can loosen the edges and invert the whole thing onto a plate and cut into wedges. If “homestyle” is okay (or you use square dishes), just serve them right from the pan.



2 responses to “Potatoes Anna (or Pommes Anna)

  1. Potatoes are hands down my favorite food! This dish will definitely be making it’s way to my dinner table very soon!

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