Thursday, January 28, 2010

Potato Galettes, Ode to a Tuber - Part Twelve!

I give you Potato Galettes! Doesn't Potato Galette sound sophisticated? Most potato galette recipes are made with thinly sliced rather than grated potatoes, however, given that this recipe is from the Culinary Institute of America, I would not dare bring that to their attention!

A galette is a type of thin pancake mostly associated with the regions of Normandy and Brittany. Potato pancakes or latkes, are thin pancakes made of grated potato, flour and egg, flavored with grated onion and seasonings. Put them together, voilĂ , you have potato galette!

This particular recipe incorporates the traditional ingredients of a typical potato pancake but also includes chives, parsley and garlic which make them extra tasty.

It also gave me the opportunity to use the new attachment for my stand mixer - a shredder-slicer! What quick work it made of the grating! (Photo from the KA website).

Potato Galettes
Recipe Adapted from the Culinary Institute of America
Printable Recipe

2-1/2 pounds russet potatoes, coarsely grated
8 oz coarsely grated onions, coarsely grated
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons sliced chives
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
2-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Scrub, peel, and coarsely grate the potatoes and onion and squeeze out excess moisture. In a large bowl, combine them with the garlic, parsley, chives, eggs, and flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet ( prefer cast iron for making these) over medium heat. Add about 1/3 cup of the potato mixture to the pan and flatten with a spoon to form a galette about 3 inches in diameter. Cook until golden-brown on both sides and cooked through, approximately 6 minutes per side.

Drain on absorbent paper towels and serve immediately. They can also be made in advance and reheated in a hot skillet just before serving.

Bon Appetit!


  1. Susan, I'm glad to see the return of Ode to a Tuber. I copied the potato galette recipe when I saw it on the CIA newsletter. (Haven't made them yet though.) Yours look delicious.

    The potato plant flowers are beautiful. I had no idea, but I always enjoy your fun facts. ... I enjoy my KA shredder-slicer attachment, but have never used it to grate potatoes. However, I always hook it up when fixing a carrot cake ... certainly grates a whole bunch of carrots FAST.

  2. I would love it no matter what you call it! Yes, and au jus sounds better than....:)
    And I am sure they had them in Ireland too...Put we call them Potato Paddies..

  3. Sounds delicious. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  4. Looks delicious by any name! These would be great with almost any meal...
    Super post!

  5. Potatoes? I'm THERE!

    These look fabulous Susan, and I just know they are. You captured them in such a beautifully artistic way (as always.)

    Thank you for sharing the recipe & Happy Foodie Friday! xo

  6. Susan, these look fabulous! Thank you for sharing this with us. And your pictures are amazing, too. Great job!

    Happy Foodie Friday...


    Sheila :-)

  7. i can't believe it, but I have never made a potato pancake. Yours definitely deserve a fancier name than the humble pancake ! Great recipe and picture!

  8. Yum...Yum...great comfort food! Great pictures!!

  9. I love these, but I can never get the skillet just right to keep them from sticking. They look marvelous.

  10. I'd call it a latke :) Looks delicious! I love that attachment, I think I need one, and soon!

  11. These look wonderful! How pretty the potato flower is! I didn't know!
    First time here and I will be back! I never seem to make it all the way through Foodie Friday's links!

  12. These looks so good!! I wish I could reach through the computer and try it.

  13. We LOVE these in our home (though we do call them latkes for my Jewish daughter-in-law!). This is almost identical to the recipe I use- and I WILL try this one since you made it look so gorgeous- and my DIL claims that they are so much better than traditional latkes due to the extra flavors. Wonderful post

  14. Just last night i saw Thomas Keller similar recipe..You are making great use of your KA..I need some attachments :)

    They look so appetizing..!

  15. Brilliant recipe and so wonderful to use a new toy. The photo of the potato flower is lovely... but a reminder... don't eat one... the leaves and flowers can make people ill. When potatoes were first brought to England the Queen's cook wanted to prepare the leaves... didn't think much of the tuber! Thank heavens for the potato someone caught him before it was served!
    Your pancakes look sooo good, and I can't wait to try them!

  16. I love using my KA for grating and slicing, too. So easy and no fear of taking off a fingertip.

    I've never seen a potato flower before. Lovely!

  17. Mmmm... nice and crispy. I haven't made these in a while... will have to remedy that!

    PS - love lots of onions in mine.

  18. Susan, I agree "Potato Galettes" sound nicer, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at them, if they were titled "potato pancakes."

    And I think I'll need to add another KA attachment to the list of gadgets I need.

    Happy weekend to you, and prince Charming!

  19. Have you ever trie this recipe with mashed potatos? The inside is smooth and creamy yet the outside has just enough crispiness to be able to tell the difference. The recipe is exactly as you except you use day old mashed potatos.

    I love you site!

  20. The KA attachment would certainly make the preparation easier. This potato recipe sounds so very tasty and my favorite part is the crispy crust. My cast iron skillet will be perfect for that job.

  21. Hah I love all these fancy names for things. The next time I serve potatoes for my parents I'm going to think of something ridiculously gourmet to call them.

    No matter what word you use for them, though, these look delicious!

  22. I love my KA shread attachment...we've made lots of slaw over the years. Your potato pancakes look devine! Thanks for the visit :)


  23. Whatever it's called as long as it's yummy!

  24. They look wonderful. I didn't realize the potato had such a lovely flower. Have a great weekend:)

  25. What a wonderful ode - I have loved all 12 of them! We have made the mashed potato version many times but I am looking forward to trying this one.

    Great photography - the potato blossoms are pretty too!

  26. What a fabulous ode. To me, potatoes are comfort food, but this is beyond comfort. It's an edible fantasy. Did you see Anthony Bourdain this week? He was in Brittany. Bandy and I were starved after watching the foodie tour. I MUSt get that KA attachment. Bandy is loving your blog.

  27. I love potatoe pancakes, and yes it is more romantic to call it a galette. I'll be giving this a try. How did you like your new attachment?

  28. Your potato galettes look lovely! The added chives and garlic sound delicious.

  29. if i had that wonderful mixer and some gadgets I think I'd be choosing recipes based on which gadget I wanted to play with! LOL Of course you can't go wrong with potatoes...these look wonderful
    and ya....I never knew how pretty and delicate a potato flower is

  30. Thank you all for your kind, kind comments!

    Lostpastremembered, I do remember reading about the flower and leaves being poisonous! No wonder it took so long for the potato to become widely used.

    Sherry, you need a nice, seasoned, cast iron skillet. It works great and no sticking.

    Michael, Darn, I missed Anthony's show from Britanny! I'm tickled that Bandy stopped by ;)

    Cristie, I love this attachment. A couple of weeks ago I made mac & cheese for my hubby and it made quick work of shredding the cheeses.

  31. They look very tasty and do sound really cool too! Hmmmm I think I need to think about getting that attachment. I've wanted a food processor for a long time, but I really don't have room for another appliance. This is an option!

  32. I have the same KA attachment! My husband gave me the three pack accessory assortment as a gift. This sounds like a good recipe to break in the shredder/slicer


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