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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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PreparationCookingStart to finish
11 min.32 min.43 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #1

Prepare the grenaille

Thoroughly wash 1 kg potatoes of very small size in lukewarm water.
Stage 2
5 min.
How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #2 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  : 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.
Stage 4
How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #4 Drain the potatoes.
Stage 5
2 min.
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.
Stage 6
1 min.
How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #6 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  : Photo of step #7 Leave the grenaille to fry, stirring from time to time...
Stage 8
How to cook potato grenaille  : Photo of step #8 ...until nicely browned.

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

Remarks

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

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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For 1 kg : 2.86 €

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Source: Home made.
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