Potatoes Anna is a simple french side dish.
Buttery layered potatoes baked until crisp and golden!
Make your potatoes anna recipe for a formal Easter table or serve them up at a family meal throughout the week. They’re great at breakfast or dinner side dishes to serve up with your meal. Using a hearty amount of butter and slicing each potato thinly is key for golden crisp results, but it is always so worth it!
Serve this dinner up for a fancy dinner party or keep it casual at home with the kids. This easy potato side dish recipe is sure to be a hit no matter who the audience is! Adjust the seasonings to taste and dig on in!
What Are Potatoes Anna?
Potatoes anna or pomme anna as they’re originally called in french is a simple side dish made with minimal ingredients. They’re perfect with their simplicity and still elegant enough for dinner parties. Layers of round cut potatoes assembled in a dish with butter and seasonings. When finished, the dish looks almost like a flower, with golden crisp potatoes on the outside and fluffy soft ones on the inside, these hashbrowns are among the easiest to make and they’re always a huge hit!
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Baking potatoes
- Fresh parsley
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Potatoes Anna
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, combine the salt and pepper.
- Over medium heat, melt 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a 10 inch cast iron skillet or any ovenproof pan.
- Make the first layer by arranging the potato slices in a circular pattern around the pan, allowing the potatoes to overlap if necessary.
- Sprinkle on about 1/4 teaspoon of the salt mixture and drizzle on 1/2 teaspoon of the melted butter.
- Repeat the layers again making sure to end with the butter being added last.
- Press the potatoes down and cover the pan with foil.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Uncover the pan and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until the potatoes are a golden brown color.
- Loosen the edges of the potatoes around the pan with a spatula.
- Place a serving place on top of the pan and flip everything over to invert the potatoes onto the plate.
- Remove the pan and sprinkle fresh parsley onto the potatoes.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Why is it called pommes Anna?
Pommes Anna was created in the 19th century and created by a chef named Adolphe Dugléré in Paris, France. The big story is that this dish was named after Anna Deslions, who was a high-class courtesan that worked at the cafe. She “entertained” a lot of important clientele and other dignitaries in the private salon above the dining room. This is just a portion of the name though because the word “Pommes” is in reference to the potato itself.
In french “Pomme” actually means apples, which can seem rather confusing as there are no apples in this recipe. But truthfully, both potatoes and apples are referred to as pommes from time to time and this is because, in many languages across the earth, potatoes are referred to as apples of the earth. Pretty neat fact, right?
Can I make potatoes anna in advance?
Yes, you can make it in advance. Simply make this dish and bake it as directed. Allow for it to cool completely before covering in foil and placing it in the fridge for up to 8 hours in advance. When ready to eat, simply heat it in the oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through.
Can I add cheese?
Yes, if desired you can add in some thinly sliced or shredded cheese to this dish (and many people do). While the traditional way of making it is butter and salt as the only added ingredients to the potatoes, you are more than welcome to adjust to your own tastes. Some of the more popular cheeses to use include parmesan cheese of gruyere cheese.
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Buttery layered potatoes baked until crisp and golden!
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 3 lbs peeled baking potatoes cut into 1/8 in. thick slices
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400
- Combine salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Over medium heat, melt 2 ½ tablespoons of butter in a 10 in cast iron skillet or any ovenproof pan. Arrange sliced potatoes in a circular pattern, allowing potatoes to overlap if necessary. Sprinkle with about ¼ teaspoon salt mixture. Drizzle ½ teaspoon of the melted butter over potatoes. Repeat layers, ending with butter. Press potatoes down. Cover pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Uncover and bake potatoes for an additional 25 minutes or until they are golden brown. Loosen edges of potatoes with a spatula. Place a serving plate on top of skillet and flip over to invert potatoes onto the plate. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
- Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.
Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 13mgSodium 322mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 4g
Betsy | JavaCupcake.com says
Oh yum! Seriously. I love potatoes and I love discovering new ways to prepare them! PINNING to make for later!
Lisa@ Cooking with Curls says
I love big dinner parties, but I don’t drag out the fancy stuff anymore either! Martha Stewart has servants, I do not. 🙁 These potatoes look amazing Tanya, I love the simplicity of them. Thanks so much for sharing my Irish Nachos, maybe I should just cook them in the skillet next time. 🙂
Potatoes Anna are my FAVORITE. And I don’t even own linens, so…yeah. You win at dinner parties, but I win at clean up! Here’s a paper plate and plastic fork…dig in! 😉
Samantha @FerraroKitchen says
I have never heard of potatoes anna but oh my they sound delicious!
Sometimes I’ll break out linens for company, but more often than not, it’s a serve yourself kind of party at our house! This is my favorite way to make potatoes. I usually add some sweet potatoes in their as well.
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
These potatoes look outstanding, love the slightly browned bits for a little crunch. Can’t wait to try it Tanya, beautiful pics too girl! Pinned. 🙂
Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz says
Yum! Another great recipe. I love all of your recipes.
Wow, these potatoes look fabulous Tanya – love how perfectly crisp they look! Perfect for any kind of dinner party 🙂
looks perfect, I will try this soon!
Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy says
What a gorgeous potato dish, Tanya! This is so going on my Easter menu! Pinned!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
What a great recipe to have to go to every holiday! YUM! Butter… 🙂
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
These are freaking beautiful and amazing.
And I am so with you — the least amount of dishes = happy mama.
Pamela S says
Have you ever tried tossing the potato slices with the melted butter before layering them? It is much easier than trying to drizzle the butter evenly. And yes, I’m pinning this recipe. Yum!
I love that suggestion Pamela! Thank you!!
Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says
One of the best things I make is a big pot of fish stew. Everyone loves it and I set a big family size bowl(s) in the middle of the table. Everyone serves their own. Then for dessert I serve on the fanciest dessert plates I have. Everyone feels comfortable and the dessert plates are only hand washed. Your potatoes look wonderful.
I’m with you, Tanya….if we are having just a small group over I MIGHT use real plates and cloth napkins. But typically we’re all about casual and easy! These potatoes look AMAZING…pretty sure no one would be thinking about your table setting while enjoying these!!
Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Pinning.
Thanks for reading Virginia!
This looks FABULOUS!! I have a bag of potatoes on my counter that need to be used. Here I was pondering what on earth I would make that could use a good portion of them. This should do it!! YUM!
Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe says
Your Potatoes Anna turned out beautifully, and I’m definitely with on the serve yourself method. It gets very clumsy passing dishes around when you have a large group, and someone always misses out on something or gets spilled on. An open floor plan comes in handy when the kitchen opens to the dining room. Fill up your plates and head on into the dining room … [#PinItThurs]
Passing dishes around is messy and frankly takes away from the whole dinner!! Thanks Chris!
gotta love potatoes- the ultimate comfort food 🙂 these look delicious! https://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/
Cindy Eikenberg says
Hi Tanya! I love Potatoes Anna, it’s one of my favorites and your look wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you’re having a great weekend and have a happy week!