How to cook potato grenaille

How to cook potato grenaille
The French call very small potatoes "grenaille". This is a typical way of cooking them: the tiny potatoes are pan-fried in their skins and make an excellent accompanient for meat.

Grenaille can be made with any kind of potato; it is a question of size, rather than variety, though I think that firm-textured potatoes, such as rattes or charlottes, work best. I am using rattes in the photos.

The cooking is a combined method: boiling first, then frying. This is quicker than using a single method.
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Last modified on: September 16th 2015

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
How to cook potato grenaille

Prepare the grenaille

Thoroughly wash 1 kg potatoes of very small size in lukewarm water.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
How to cook potato grenaille
Drain and transfer them to a large saucepan.

Use this opportunity to check each potato, trimming off any eyes and bad bits, and discard any black, green or damaged potatoes.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
How to cook potato grenaille

First-stage cooking: boiling

Cover the potatoes with cold water and bring to the boil.

Boil until the potatoes are just barely cooked.

Stage 4
How to cook potato grenaille
Drain the potatoes.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
How to cook potato grenaille

Second-stage cooking: frying

Heat a large non-stick pan on medium heat and add 4 tablespoons oil, 2 bayleaves, 2 sprigs thyme and 2 cloves garlic.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
How to cook potato grenaille
When the oil is hot, add the potatoes and stir well to coat them with oil.

Stage 7 - 20 min.
How to cook potato grenaille
Leave the grenaille to fry, stirring from time to time...

Stage 8
How to cook potato grenaille
...until nicely browned.

Salt and pepper.

Stage 9
How to cook potato grenaille
This is goes very well with grilled meat, for example.
You can also try frying in clarified butter instead of oil.
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,417 Kcal or 5,933 Kj21 gr196 gr61 gr
71 %8 %18 %9 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
131 Kcal or 548 Kj2 gr18 gr6 gr
7 %1 %2 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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  • For 1 kg : 2.86 €

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