the appetizer:

Learn how to cook like a French chef with The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine by The French Culinary Institute, including recipes like Cream of Cauliflower Soup (Crème ou Velouté Dubarry), Potatoes Anna (Pommes Anna), and Kidneys with Mustard Sauce (Rouelles de Rognons à la Dijonnaise).


Potatoes Anna


Potatoes Anna
(Pommes Anna)


Serves 4
Estimated time to complete:
1 hour, 15 minutes



  • 500 grams (1 pound, 1-1/2 ounces) russet potatoes
  • 80 grams (2-3/4 ounces) clarified butter
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Vegetable peeler
  • Medium bowl
  • Chef's knife
  • Mandoline
  • Stainless steel bowl
  • Ovenproof saute pan with lid
  • Pastry brush

Preparing Potatoes

Prepare your mise en place.

Using the vegetable peeler, peel the potatoes. Rinse under cold running water and then place in a bowl filled with cold water to cover.

Working with one potato at a time and using the chef's knife, shape the potatoes into even cylinders. Then, using the mandoline, cut each potato crosswise into 2-millimeter (1/16-inch-thick slices. Place the slices in the stainless steel bowl, add half of the clarified butter, and toss to coat.

Preheat the oven to 204 degrees C (400 degrees F).

Heat a medium, ovenproof saute pan over very low heat. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the bottom of the pan with clarified butter.

Arrange a layer of potatoes in slightly overlapping concentric circles over the bottom of the pan.

Drizzle with clarified butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue making and seasoning layers until you have a cake about 4 centimeters (1-1/2 inches) deep.

Raise the heat to medium to briefly sear the bottom. This will prevent the potatoes from sticking to the pan while baking.

Cover the pan and transfer it to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

Preparing Potatoes Anna

Uncover, drain, and flip the cake. Pat it down into the pan and continue to bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until cooked through, crisp, and golden brown.

Remove the potato cake from the oven and carefully drain off excess butter.

Cut into wedges and serve hot.

  • from:
  • The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine
  • by
  • Photographs by Matthew Septimus; Illustrations by Glenn Wolf
  • 496 pages / Hardcover
  • 650 full-color photographs, 20 color illustrations, and 200 recipes
  • $75.00 U.S. / $90.00 Canada
  • Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2007
  • ISBN: 1-5847-9478-X
  • EAN: 978-1-58479-478-3
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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