Fondant Potatoes – A Creamy Crusty Blast from the Past

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Every once in a while I get a food wish that instantly takes me back to culinary school. Things like aspic (not happening), larding a tenderloin (not happening), and pulled sugar (sort of already happened) always transport me back to those demos where the instructors fully admitted that we’d probably never use these skills, but since they were considered “classic techniques,” we’d have to spend time covering them anyway. Sure, makes perfect sense.Ingredients for 6 fondant potatoes:

2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 large russet potatoes (other varieties will not work as well)
salt and pepper to taste
a knob of butter (a 2 or 3 tablespoon size chunk)
4 thyme sprigs
1/2 cup chicken broth or stock, more if needed
*Roast at 425 F until tender, about 30 minutes

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