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Fondant Potatoes Will Be Your New Favorite Side Dish

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Have you been looking for a great new way to cook potatoes? Why not try something a little more European?

Fondant potatoes have been a favorite in France for decades. The simple and elegant dish infuses plenty of flavor into the soft and savory potatoes. The straight-forward recipe supplies the perfect side for your next family meal or dinner party.

You can watch the step-by-step process of how to make this tasty recipe in this video from Food Wishes.


  • 3 large whole russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons high-heat-resistant vegetable oil, such as grapeseed oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • ½ cup chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Cut ends off potatoes, stand potatoes on end, peel from top to bottom. Cut each cylinder in half crosswise to make 6, 2-inch cylinders
  • Place potatoes in cold water for 5 minutes
  • Heat heavy oven-proof skillet over high heat. Pour in oil, heat until it shimmers slightly
  • Place potato cylinder ends in hot oil and lower heat to medium-high. Pan-fry until potatoes are well-browned, about 5 to 6 minutes
  • While cooking, season well with salt and pepper
  • Flip potatoes to other ends, blot vegetable oil with paper towel to remove it from skillet
  • Add butter and thyme sprigs to skillet
  • Use thyme sprig and tongs to paint butter over potatoes. Cook until butter foams and turns pale tan. Season with more salt and pepper
  • Pour chicken stock into skillet and transfer skillet to preheated oven
  • Cook for about 30 minutes
  • Potatoes should be tender and creamy inside. Before serving, allow potatoes to cool for about 5 minutes.

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Fondant Potatoes Will Be Your New Favorite Side Dish