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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

For 1 kg, you will need:

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How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
11 min.32 min.43 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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1 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #1

Prepare the grenaille

Thoroughly wash 1 kg potatoes of very small size in lukewarm water.
5 min.
2 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #2Drain 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.
5 min.
3 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #3

First-stage cooking: boiling

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

Boil until the potatoes are just barely cooked.
10 min.
4 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #4Drain the potatoes.
5 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #5

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.
2 min.
6 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #6When the oil is hot, add the potatoes and stir well to coat them with oil. 1 min.
7 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #7Leave the grenaille to fry, stirring from time to time... 20 min.
8 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #8...until nicely browned.

Salt and pepper.
9 How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #9This is goes very well with grilled meat, for example.

Remarks

You can also try frying in clarified butter instead of oil.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
141721 gr196 gr61 gr
71 %8 %18 %9 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1312 gr18 gr6 gr
7 %1 %2 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 kg : 2.86 €

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