Fondant Potatoes, or Pommes Fondant, is a method of preparing potatoes that traditionally involves cutting them into cylinders, browning the ends, and then slowly roasting them in butter and stock.” In this preparation, we braise them whole, and then lightly smash them to create more surface for crisping.
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Enjoy these step by step prep photos and the recipe below and prepare for POTATO GREATNESS!
Place potatoes in a deep nonstick skillet, large enough to accommodate the potatoes. Arrange the baby potatoes so that they fit together neatly but with a bit extra room. You’ll have to flatten them out later, so they need a little space. Add in the rosemary, thyme, chicken broth, olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter and garlic. Heat the pan to high and bring to a boil. Once the broth boils, reduce the heat to medium, and cover the skillet, leaving a very small opening for excess steam to escape. Make sure the broth continues to boil for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are easily punctured with the tip of a sharp knife. (time may vary)
Remove the pan from the heat, remove and discard the herb sprigs and use a meat mallet, wooden spoon, or back of a measuring cup to gently press down on the tops of the potatoes until the skin cracks and they flatten out a bit.
Return the potatoes to high heat, uncovered, and cook until the liquid evaporates and the potatoes are browned on the bottom, about 10-12 minutes. Remove the potatoes from heat again, turn the potatoes, scrape up any burnt bits, and add the last tablespoon of butter to the pan.
Press the other sides of the potatoes to crack and flatten them more if necessary. Sprinkle the potatoes with parsley or chives and cook until the other side is browned, about 5 minutes.
Serve warm and sprinkled with salt if desired.