“These muffin cup Pommes Anna are really just crisp and golden potatoes on the outside, while creamy and tender within. Impress everyone with this easily made side dish and have them begging for more.”
So summer is officially over and that means Manservant’s building season is coming to an end. We just had our first snowfall and I’m happy to report that there are no leaks!
Of course, just because building season is over, doesn’t mean that he is finished building. He is 90% finished but somehow keeps finding more things to do.
Painting is still not complete which means my decorating isn’t either, but that leaves me all winter to shop. So without further adieu….
First I had to choose my bear!
The variations on these are incredible. Next time I will do these with duck fat. And maybe the time after that I will use truffle oil and truffle salt.
And then there are those baked with Parmesan cheese. Oh My! Feel free to embellish these, as they are just waiting to be made up.
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- 1/2 c unsalted butter
- Fresh thyme sprigs
- 2 t chopped thyme leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
- 2 t kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 c fresh grated parmesan (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter and brush 6 large muffin cups with a bit of it. Place one thyme sprig in each cup. Stir in chopped thyme and garlic to the rest of it. Cook over low heat until fragrant. (I often do this in the microwave but be careful it doesn’t sputter out of control. Set aside.
Using a mandoline, slice potatoes (no need to peel), into very thin, even rounds. (This is the reason to use a mandoline.) Place in a large bowl and toss with garlic herb butter, salt and pepper.
Start placing potato slices into each cup. Remember the bottom of the cup will be the top. Try to do this in a circular fashion. If using parmesan sprinkle a little between each layer. When the cup is filled to the rim, press down lightly to compact. Drizzle any remaining butter on top.
Cover muffin tin with foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife. This took me about 40 minutes, but this will vary base on the thickness of the potatoes and the size of your muffin cups. Remove foil.
While these are baking place a piece of parchment on a baking sheet with a rim that is large enough to hold your potatoes when they are flipped. When potatoes are ready to be flipped, remove foil. Loose stacks with a butter knife and place parchment covered pan on top of your muffin pan. Now holding one hand on the bottom of the muffin pan and one on the top of the baking sheet, carefully flip these over.
Increase oven temperature to 425. Place potatoes in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Now using two spatulas, carefully flip them over again. (I use the back of one spatula to slide the potatoes on and the other as a flipper. Hope that makes sense.)
Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the bottom is crisp and golden. Remove from oven and flip thyme side up. Serve and enjoy!
Note: I have had great success reheating these in a convection oven straight from the fridge. Bring them to room temperature. Place on parchment and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
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