French Farmhouse Potatoes
These simple and mouthwatering French farmhouse potatoes are a classic, but I give Rachel Ray the credit for bringing this recipe to my attention during one of her holiday specials.
The true credit, however, for the recipe goes to famous French chef Jacques Pépin, who originally made this potato side a favorite on many family tables years ago.
Rumor has it, this particular recipe was made by his French grandmother on a daily basis, served with dinner and loved by all.
There are only a few simple ingredients needed for what ends up becoming soft, rich and creamy potato goodness.
And while the process for making them isn’t difficult, it does take about thirty-five to forty minutes from start to finish.
Good news is, none of the steps requires much maintenance — complete one, and then go on about your business until it’s time for the next step (I used my kitchen timer to help remind me when it was time to come back).
One word of caution: the last five or so minutes of the process are what makes these potatoes so delicious.
The last five minutes also leave a really hard crust on the bottom of your pan … like a real soak-the-pan kind of a crust.
So, if you have a deep nonstick pan you may want to use it; however, you’ll probably give up some of the dark brown seary crispiness.
I have a nice heavy bottom stainless deep skillet, and it washes up nicely after an overnight soak, so that’s what I used.
An enameled cast iron braiser or cast iron skillet would be good options, too. Be sure to check my recipe card for photos and links to each of these pans!
Check out some of my other potato recipes:
- How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes
- Creamy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Whipped Mashed Potatoes
- Mashed Potato Pancakes
- Whipped Parsnips and Potatoes
- Perfect Baked Potatoes
- Sliced Roasted Potatoes
- Easy Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Peppers and Onions
- Rustic Skillet Potatoes With Paprika
French Farmhouse Potatoes
These simple and mouthwatering French farmhouse potatoes are a Jacques Pépin classic.
- 6-8 small to medium red potatoes
- 3.5 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Place the potatoes in a deep skillet, add the chicken broth and butter, and sprinkle the pepper on top. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cover for 15 minutes (or until the potatoes are fork-tender).
- Remove the lid, and increase heat to medium-high. Keep the chicken broth at a hard simmer until almost all the broth has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat back down to medium.
- With a flat-bottomed glass, gently push down on each of the potatoes until they just crack – you don’t want to smash them. Let them cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side so that the skin gets brown and crispy. Remove from heat, sprinkle the tops with sea salt, and serve hot – think mashed potatoes with a light crispy coating. Yum!
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- Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Assist Handle Holder, 12", Red Silicone
- Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Round Braiser, 3 1/2 Quart, Cerise
- All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional Grade, Silver, Model:41126
- Calphalon Nonstick 12 Inches Jumbo Deep Fry Pan
- Lodge L10CF3 Cast Iron Covered Deep Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 5-Quart
- Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup, Red Graphics, Clear
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g
Funny that you just posted this. We saw Giada make a very similar dish but you toss with a lemon, parsley, thyme dressing at the end. We printed it out to try, but now we’ll have two versions to compare. Looks yummy!
You’ll have to post the link to Giada’s recipe on my FB page – although I’m sure I could find it if I go looking.
Thank you Liza for this recipe..I must try this …looks delicious. Easy to make but yammy
Yes! I hope you love it!
Made them today Delicious -Stacy
Oh, lovely! It’s amazing how something so simple can be so yummy. Thanks for stopping by, Stacy!
This is my go to, my son loves them!!
That’s awesome, Lou!
Where are the herbs? How can you call them French without herbs? I tried a recipe for boiled potatoes that adds herbs and butter after boiling. Company was late and these potatoes steeped in the herbs and butter and were amazing! Also have separate recipe for crispy smashed potatoes that is also delish.
Oooh – that’s a terrific callout. Would be lovely with a simple parsley. What would you add?
YUM! My potato loving family will certainly enjoy these!!
Could I make these and keep warm in a crockpot as an appetizer for a party ?
I think you could — only downside is that any crispiness developed would probably get lost since a slow cooker would likely create steam as it kept them warm. It would be need to make these with smaller potatoes for appetizers, bite-sized! If you do, you’ll have to come back and share how it worked.
Would this work with Yukon gold potatoes
Hi Megan! Yep, it would, as long as the potatoes aren’t too huge.
I made these tonight and it took me way too long to cook. Maybe the potatoes were too big and never did get a crust. Will try again with smaller potatoes. I liked the flavor. Marsha
Oh, maybe. I’ll try to go in and edit to be more specific about ideal potato size.
Parents were from Ireland, we had potatoes every night. Mother would buy a 25-50 bag of potatoes for the winter. these were keep in the basement, because potatoes grow eyes in the light.
To clean your stuck on food from skillet just put some water in it, bring to a simmer and scrape to loosen burnt on food. No need to soak overnight! Home ec 1-0-1
Great tip; thanks, Patricia!
On your ingredients list you have chicken stock and on the instructions you have listed chicken broth. Can you tell me which one to use. Also, can you tell me when I should use chicken stock and when I should use chicken broth….. thanks so much!
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Wow, that’s a bold statement! Regardless, appreciate the feedback — there’s definitely a balance to be mindful of regarding revenue and aesthetic. Hope your tomorrow is better!
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I love potatoes. This is very easy and interesting recipe. Love it with sour cream and garlic.