Savor each bite of these melt-in-your-mouth French potatoes. This Easy Fondant Potatoes Recipe is made with less than ten easy-to-find ingredients. Serve as a side with chicken, salmon or red meat.
Fondant potatoes, a restaurant favorite, have a crispy exterior and a soft interior. The name comes from the French word for “melting”, as these potatoes melt in your mouth. They are flavored with garlic and herbs, and absorb the chicken stock to make a memorable side.
What I Love About This Recipe
- This side dish is appealing and pairs well with most mains.
- It has a delicious taste and requires few ingredients.
- You can easily scale up the recipe to feed a crowd.
- It is a popular and satisfying side choice that always impresses my guests.
- Potatoes: Select Maris Pipers, Russet or King Edward potatoes.
- Sea salt: To taste.
- Black pepper: To taste.
- Olive oil: Select good-quality olive oil to sear the potatoes.
- Unsalted Butter: Use good quality butter for the best flavor.
- Rosemary sprigs: Use fresh rosemary for flavor.
- Thyme sprigs: Select fresh thyme sprigs for a herby flavor.
- Garlic: Chop the stem of the garlic bulb and add it to the pan of potatoes for extra flavor.
- Chicken broth: For extra rich flavor. You can also use vegetable broth instead.
How to Make Fondant Potatoes Recipe
- Start by peeling the potatoes. Then, if necessary, cut them in half and use a cookie cutter to shape them into circles.
2. Then, pat the potatoes dry and sprinkle salt and black pepper on top. Next, preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F.
3. Then, heat a splash of olive oil in an oven-proof pan or cast iron skillet, add the potatoes and sear them on both sides for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Next, add butter, garlic bulb, rosemary and thyme sprigs to the pan.
5. Then, pour the chicken broth into the pan and bake the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes. Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven.
6. Finally, serve these scrumptious fondant potatoes as a side.
Tips and Tricks
- Potatoes: Feel free to keep the excess potatoes and use them. I like chopping and seasoning them with my favorite seasoning and roast. In addition, you should use floury potatoes for the best texture.
- Oven-proof pan or cast iron skillet: Ensure you use an oven-proof pan or skillet as the potatoes must be cooked in the oven for at least 30 minutes after searing.
- Batches: Feel free to double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd.
The name of this dish comes from the French word ‘fondant’ which means ‘melting’ because that’s what these potatoes do. They have a soft, tender, and creamy texture and melt-in-your-mouth.
Confit potatoes are gently simmered in rich duck fat until they become tender. Fondant potatoes are browned on a skillet and then baked with creamy butter and savory chicken stock in the oven.
Yes, they can be heated in the oven for 10-15 minutes or in the microwave for a few minutes.
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Easy Fondant Potato Recipe
- Oven proof skillet or cast iron
- Cookie cutter to shape
- 400 g of potatoes or 6-8 medium potatoes
- Sea salt to taste or any other salt of your choice
- Black pepper to taste
- A splash of olive oil
- 3 tablespoon of butter
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 3 thyme sprigs
- A whole garlic bulb
- 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F.
- Use a cookie cutter to shape the potato quarters into circles. Pat them dry and sprinkle salt and pepper on them.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the potatoes and sear them on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Transfer the potatoes to a baking dish. Add the butter, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and broth. Bring to a boil on the stovetop.
- Bake the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes or until tender and crisp.
- Enjoy your fondant potatoes as a side dish or a main course.