This is one of my favorite ways to cook potatoes and it’s one of the big hit from my old (Danish) blog. It’s not healthy and it takes a long time, but it tastes f****** good. If you have a mandolin iron or a food processor, it definetely makes the job much easier. But you can also easily slice the potatoes with a sharp knife by hand.
All you need is …
Enough kilos of potatoes to fill up your springform pan
50-60 g (real) butter
approx. 1.5 dl broth (e.g. chicken)
salt, pepper and maybe chili
You should prepare the pommes Anna the day before.
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into approx. 1 mm thick slices or as thin as possible.
- Melt the butter over low heat (it shouldn’t turn brown) – possibly with a little thyme and chilli.
- Cut a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom of your springform pan and place it into the springform pan.
- Brush the wax paper and the edges of the springform pan with melted butter and place the first layer of potatoes.
- Brush the potato layer with butter, sprinkle with a little thyme, salt (not too much), pepper, lemon zest and add another layer. Continue until all slices are used or the “tower” is high enough. It will lose a little volume during cooking. It is not necessary to flavor between each layer, as the pommes Anna will be too salty. Finally, pour 1.5 dl (5 ounces) broth over the potato tower.
- Cover the pan with foil or a baking sheet and put in the oven on a baking pan (the pan will leak a little liquid) at 160 degrees (344 F) for 1-2 hours depending on the size of your pan. Check with a sharp knife to see if the potatoes are tender all the way through.
- Cool the pommes Anna in the springform pan under pressure – I put a small plate over and placed a big bowl of water on top. When it is completely cold, cover it and put it in the refrigerator until the next day.
- Before serving loosen the edges with a sharp knife along the sides of the pan and removed the pommes anna from the pan. Remove the wax paper from the bottom.
- Cut the pommes Anna into the size you’d like and place them slightly apart on a baking sheet. Brown the pieces in a hot oven ( 225-230 degrees, 330-380 F) for approx. 15 minutes or until the pieces are golden brown and warm all the way through.
Psst! You can of course use what ever flavourings you prefere.