Galette de Pomme de Terre
2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" x 1/4" pieces
Kosher salt, to taste
2 TBS duck or bacon fat
2 TBS unsalted butter
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 TBS minced ?at-leaf parsley
1 tsp. minced garlic
Put potatoes into a 4-qt. pot and cover by 1" with salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until potatoes are tender, 2030 minutes. drain potatoes, transfer to a baking sheet, and chill.
Heat oven to 400°. Melt fat and butter in a 6" cast-iron skillet or ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Put chilled potatoes into a bowl. Pour fat and butter over potatoes (reserving skillet) and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat.
Transfer potatoes to reserved skillet, cover with a piece of parchment paper cut to ?t inside rim of skillet. Cook, smashing potatoes into skillet with a metal spatula, until edges begin to crisp and brown, about 30 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and bake until potato cake is golden brown, 1015 minutes (to check, use a fork to lift up one edge of the potato cake).
Invert a small serving plate over skillet. Using 2 tea towels, hold plate and skillet together firmly and invert skillet. Remove skillet and garnish potato cake with parsley and garlic. Serve hot.
This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #133