Pomme Darphin

From While my sautoir gently sweats — Blog by
March 12, 2009

Sometimes the simplest dishes elicit the most praise. Your 30 ingredient, three day prep, and 8 pots used magnum opus goes uncommented on, while some slap dash, last minute addition receives choruses of accolades. Pomme darphin is a dish that is squarely in the second camp.

Certainly, the ingredient list is short: potatoes, oil, butter, salt and pepper. It’s pretty light on the kitchen equipment as well: 8” frying pan and a mandoline(or good knife skills and a chef’s knife). Pomme darphin can also be made ahead of time and warmed up for service. In it’s essence, pomme darphin is really a Frenchified giant latke.

The details of the dish are straight forward. Peel and julienne one or two potatoes. This needs to be done right before cooking as you can not rinse the potatoes in water. You need the potatoes’ starch to get the cake to stick together. Get a pan nuclear hot. You need to cover bottom of pan with oil, you don’t want any dry spots. No need to get knee deep with the oil, just an eight of an inch will do. You then mound the julienned spuds in the pan and neaten up the pile into an attractive cake. You will want to press down on the center a bit for more cohesion in the pomme darphin. Lower the heat under the pan to about medium at this point. While you want a nice, crispy crust, you also need to cook the cake all the way through. Let it sit for 3-4 minutes then start checking the bottom for golden brown goodness. When the bottom is done flip the cake and pour off any excess oil. Add some butter around the perimeter of the pomme darphin. Remember, this is a French dish. You then cook it until the bottom is nice and brown. Once finished cooking, season with salt and pepper. Cooked correctly, the potatoes will be crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

Of all the dishes from my French Culinary Institute classes that I made at home, this was the biggest hit with my girlfriend. Given, she is a spud junkie, but she really, really liked this dish. Besides bettering my culinary chops, it looks like the FCI has given me a get out of the dog house card as well.

There are no comments on this item
Add a comment

Think before you type

Culinate welcomes comments that are on-topic, clean, and courteous. For the benefit of the community we reserve the right to delete comments that contain advertising, personal attacks, profanity, or which are thinly disguised attempts to promote another website.

Please enter your comment

Format: Bare URLs are automatically linked; use this style: [http://www.example.com "place text to be linked here"] for prettier links. You may specify *bold* or _italic_ text. No HTML please.

Please identify yourself

Not a member? Sign up!

Please prove that you’re not a computer

Culinate Member:


While my sautoir gently sweats — Blog

Recent Posts

Want more? Comb the archives.

Culinate 8

Kale in the raw

Eight versions of kale salad

Eight ways to spin everyone’s favorite salad.

Graze: Bites from the Site
First Person

The secret sharer

A father’s legacy

The Culinate Interview

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian-cooking pioneer


Down South

Barbecue, tamales, cocktails, and more

Local Flavors

A winter romesco sauce

Good on everything

Editor’s Choice