"The texture this old-school method provides for russet potatoes is unlike anything you get by just roasting: so dense, moist, and rich. The way the crusty, crunchy edges outside contrast with the uniquely rich and creamy inside is truly a magical thing."
In the below video, you’ll see how to make fondant potatoes. It’s a technique that creates perfect textures and contrasts between the creamy potato center and the crusty edges. The key here is to use russet potatoes; it’s a texture thing. You’ll cut them into cylinders. Next you’ll brown the tops and bottoms in a hot, hot skillet before adding butter and thyme—and finish the potatoes by roasting them in chicken stock in the oven. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John’s Fondant Potatoes. Using this technique, the little potato towers come out tender and creamy on the inside with crispy edges. Perfect potatoes!
This is a slight adaptation of Chef John's recipe as published on All Recipes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Cut off ends of russet potatoes, stand potatoes on end, and peel potatoes from top to bottom with a sharp knife to make each potato into a uniform cylinder. Cut each cylinder in half crosswise to make 6 potato cylinders about 2 inches long.
Place potatoes into a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes to remove starch from outsides; pat dry with paper towels.
Place a heavy oven-proof skillet (such as a cast iron skillet) over high heat. Pour in vegetable oil; heat oil until it shimmers slightly.
Place potato cylinders with best-looking ends into the hot oil, lower heat to medium-high, and pan-fry potatoes until well-browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
Flip the potatoes onto the opposite ends. As they cook, use a paper towel held with tongs to carefully blot out the oil from the skillet. Add butter and thyme sprigs to skillet.
Pick up a thyme sprig with tongs and use it to paint butter over the top of the potatoes. Cook until butter foams and foam turns from white to a pale tan color. Season with more salt and pepper. Pour chicken stock into skillet.
Transfer skillet to preheated oven and cook until potatoes are tender and creamy inside, about 30 minutes. If potatoes aren't tender, add 1/4 cup more stock and let cook 10 more minutes.
Place potatoes on a serving platter and spoon thyme-scented butter remaining in skillet over potatoes. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Let cool about 5 minutes before serving.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (109g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 190 (70%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 21.1g||28 %|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 7.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.5g|
|Cholesterol 91.9mg||28 %|
|Sodium 138.3mg||5 %|
|Potassium 194.9mg||5 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 0g|
|Protein 19.1g||27 %|
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Calories per serving: 271
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