Herbed Potatoes Anna is a classic recipe which adds a touch of elegance to a comforting potato side dish that pairs perfectly with Oven Roasted Turkey!
Because I have a food blog and the Mr. and I share an unabashed love for going out to eat, we’re often labeled as “foodies.” I don’t despise the term, but I’ve also never identified with it.
Wikipedia defines a foodie as someone who has an “ardent or refined interest in food.” While I most definitely have an ardent interest in food, I could hardly call it refined. Sure, I enjoy a chef-created menu with delicate flavors and gorgeous presentation, but most nights I’d just as soon have Creamy Mac and Cheese or a Classic Bacon Cheeseburger.
I’m not a food critic, a judge, or a gourmet. I simply love food in all it’s many elegant and not so elegant forms.
In my mind, this Herbed Potatoes Anna hits the sweet spot between simplicity and refinement. It looks lovely on the plate, but at its heart, this dish celebrates one of the simplest, most comforting flavor combinations out there: potatoes and butter.
What is Potatoes Anna?
I was thumbing through a vintage cookbook recently when a recipe for Potatoes Anna caught my eye. I had never heard of the dish before, but it sounded too good not to try.
Potatoes Anna (or Pommes Anna) is a classic French side dish composed of thin layers of potato brushed in butter, salt and pepper then baked until golden and crispy on the outside.
The finished dish is reminiscent of a potato pie, which is then inverted onto a plate and served in wedges. Run a fork through the crisp, crackly edges to reveal the tender, buttery slices inside.
Traditionally, Potatoes Anna is made with just potatoes, butter, and salt, but I’ve taken the liberty of adding fresh rosemary, thyme, and a sprinkling of Gruyere cheese. I hope Julia Child will forgive me.
How to Make Potatoes Anna
There are various Potatoes Anna recipes out there, each calling for a different cooking method. Some use a cast iron skillet and are cooked entirely on the stove top, others are baked.
I find the baked method easiest and most attractive, so that’s the method I’ll be walking through today.
- Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees and generously buttering a 10 inch round cast iron skillet or round baking dish.
- Use a mandolin slicer or food processor to slice potatoes to about ⅛ inch thick. They should be thin enough to be bendy but not paper thin.
- Assemble a work station with sliced potatoes, melted butter, chopped herbs, shredded Gruyere, and salt and pepper.
- Start by putting a slice of potato in the center of the baking dish, then layer the potatoes over top of it in concentric circles, all the way out to the edge.
- Brush with butter then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, herbs, and cheese. Remember, every layer will be seasoned so it’s best to keep a light hand with the salt and pepper.
- Repeat with remaining layers until no potatoes remain, ending with the butter. You should have 4-5 layers total.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil (butter it if it’s touching the top of the potatoes) and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the dish, then bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden.
- Remove the pan from the oven and run a knife around the outside of the pan. Like inverting a bundt cake, this is where you’ll need to take a deep breath and just go for it.
- Place a large plate on top of the casserole dish then carefully invert the potatoes onto the plate. If desired, sprinkle the top with a final layer of cheese, place the plate back in the oven and broil for 3-4 minutes to brown the top. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve in slices, like a pie.
Common questions about this Potatoes Anna Recipe
Can I make Potatoes Anna ahead of time?
Absolutely! In fact, this is a great recipe to make ahead of time for the holidays.
Once the potatoes are baked and inverted, allow them to cool. Cover with foil and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
To reheat, bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.
Can I bake Potatoes Anna in a springform pan?
I have not personally tried this, but I don’t think it would be an issue. I would, however, place the pan on a baking sheet in case there are any butter leaks.
What kind of potatoes work best?
I prefer Russet potatoes for Potatoes Anna, but Yukon Golds also work well.
Help! My potatoes stuck to the pan!
If you’re worried about sticking, spray the bottom of your pan with cooking spray, then add a round of parchment paper to the bottom before adding the butter and potato slices.
An Affordable, Impressive Holiday Side Dish
Potatoes have always been a staple on holiday tables, but a recipe like this makes them the star of the show. Potatoes Anna is an incredibly affordable way to not only add a flavorful and comforting side dish to your menu, but to do it in style.
Leave it to the French to remind us why the humble potato is still the go-to side dish for so many occasions. There simply isn’t anything quite as alluring as potatoes and butter.
This recipe looks stunning on the plate and plays nicely with all the other Thanksgiving menu classics. Your guests will ooooh and ahh over the crispy golden edges and flecks of thyme, but at the end of the day, this is just a 5 ingredient recipe which makes the most of one of life’s simplest pleasures.
I love it not because it’s beautiful (although that’s certainly a bonus), but because it’s positively delicious. For a reluctant foodie like me, that’s all that really matters.
More Potato Side Dishes to Try
- Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Easy Cheesy Potatoes
- Lemon Rosemary Melting Potatoes
- Chipotle Honey Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Parmesan Pesto Roasted Potatoes
- 6-7 medium russet Idaho potatoes, peeled
- 6 Tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
- 3 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped
- 3 sprigs thyme, roughly chopped
- 6 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Generously grease the tops and sides of a cast iron skillet or 10 inch round baking pan with 1-2 Tablespoons melted butter.
- Use a mandoline slicer to slice the potatoes into thin (1/8 in) circles.
- Assemble a work station with your potatoes, melted butter, the chopped herbs, shredded cheese, and salt and pepper. Start by putting a slice of potato in the center of the baking dish then layer the potatoes over top of it in concentric circles, all the way out to the edge.
- Brush the layer with butter then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, herbs, and cheese. Remember, every layer will be seasoned so its best to keep a light hand with the salt and pepper.
- Repeat with remaining layers until no potatoes remain.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil (if it touches the top of the potatoes, be sure to butter the foil), and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the dish, then bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden.
- Remove the pan from the oven and run a knife around the outside of the pan. Place a large plate on top of the casserole dish then carefully invert the potatoes onto the plate. If desired, you can sprinkle the top with a final layer of cheese and place the plate back in the oven and broil for 3-4 minutes to brown the top. Garnish with fresh herbs. Serve in slices, like a pie.
For make ahead instructions, see the body of the post above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g
Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.