Potatoes Anna for Brunch with the Bunch
I love this simple, classic French dish, and it is easy to make at home. The only two things that are necessary are the ability to slice potatoes thinly and having a good heavy pan that you can put in the oven. I have both of those.
There were three of us, Stephen, Spane, and me. Although an adult, Stephen is picky and doesn’t like a lot of foods (he won’t eat sautéed Rex Sole with Grapefruit Caper Butter). Thankfully, Spane, who was five years old, liked just about everything.
I completely forgot that we were supposed to go to brunch that morning. So, I started cleaning the house, doing other chores, etc., and I just didn’t feel like taking a bath and getting ready. I wanted to make something nice at home, like scrambled eggs and some leftover bacon. We were out of eggs, so I sent the boys to the store.
They came back with eggs, three huge russet potatoes, and Pillsbury Orange Glaze rolls. Yes, the perfect setup for brunch at home. But it needed a star, and I decided the star should be Potatoes Anna.
I did a few things differently from the classic recipe, and it turned out wonderful.
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- 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled
- 1 small onion
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Seasoned salt
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- Mise en Place
- Slice the onion as thinly as possible and set aside.
- Slice the potato as thinly as possible and set aside.
- Get a heavy ovenproof pan or skillet. I used my iron skillet.
- Put the oil in the skillet and swirl it around so that the bottom and sides are well covered. You can use a pastry brush to do this as well.
- Put a layer of potatoes. Put them in a daisy pattern, larger pieces covering the outside, smaller in the inside.
- Put some of the onion slices on top of the potatoes.
- Put more potatoes on top of the first layer, and sprinkle very lightly with seasoned salt.
- Continue doing this until you have used up all the potatoes and onions.
- Melt the butter, and drizzle it over the layers.
- Place in a preheated 350 oven, cover and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove cover and bake for another 15 or so minutes, or until the potatoes are golden.
Enjoy! If you want to save this recipe in your BigOven, you can get the recipe for Potatoes Anna at BigOven.