Fondant Potatoes are buttery and melt-in-your-mouth tender with a golden, crispy crust. Elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough for a weeknight dinner!
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Oven-Baked Fondant Potatoes
Fondant Potatoes sound like something you get served at a high-end restaurant, but it’s actually such a homey dish. It’s so simple to make with only spuds, butter, stock, garlic, and herbs. What makes this classic French dish so special is the technique that makes the potatoes crisp on the outside and meltingly tender on the inside.
The shape allows it to develop a lovely crust that hides fluffy and soft insides. Also, the butter and stock create a rich, herby pan sauce. It’s a one-pan recipe, so there’s very little clean-up. Once you get the basic steps down, most of the work happens in the oven!
It’s hands-down one of my favorite ways to enjoy spuds. Finally, it looks phenomenal. Everyone will think you spent hours cooking this, but in reality, it takes less than an hour to come together.
What are Fondant Potatoes?
It’s a traditional French preparation technique. Chefs fondly refer to these as “melting medallions” because they end up so tender. They are cut into cylinders, seared until golden, and then roasted with herbs, stock, and butter. Lastly, the pan sauce is spooned over the roasted chunks for a seriously stunning side dish.
The recipe steps may sound complicated, but don’t get intimidated. Just cut, sear, and bake. That’s basically it! And once you taste this, I guarantee you’ll be making it over and over.
What are the ingredients for Fondant Potatoes?
This recipe calls for really basic ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now:
- Potatoes: I like using russets, and then cut them into medallions.
- Herbs: such as fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme.
- Unsalted butter: It what makes this dish so flavorful and special. The butter is really a secret ingredient here!
- Garlic powder: It adds a nice flavor and aroma.
- Onion powder
- Pepper and kosher salt: Adjust to taste.
- Canola oil: You can also use your preferred cooking oil.
How to make Fondant Potatoes?
- Heat oven to 400F.
- Prepare your ingredients. Then, trim the ends of your peeled russets. Cut each crosswise.
- Soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
- Season, then sear in an oven-safe pan until a crispy, brown crust develops.
- Add your herbs, garlic, and butter until the butter starts to foam and brown.
- Then, add the broth.
- Next, pop them in the oven and bake until tender and golden.
- Spoon pan juices on top, garnish with more herbs and serve hot.
What are the best potatoes to use?
You can use any type you like. As for me, I prefer russets. They have the perfect shape and cook up beautifully. The baking kind and Idaho work really well too! Also, if you love sweet potatoes, you can totally prepare them using this recipe.
What to serve with Fondant Potatoes?
What to do with leftovers?
I love mixing leftovers to make other side dishes. Their texture is ideal for hash browns, or just fry them and sprinkle with fajita seasoning or taco seasoning. I also love using them in chicken pot pies!
They can last in the fridge for up to four days. Just store leftovers in an airtight container. To heat up, I recommend a splash of broth and some butter when you warm them up to keep them nice and moist.
More delicious Potato recipes:
- Creamy Gratin
- Crack Mashed Potatoes
- Potato Pancakes
- Garlic Roasted Potatoes
- Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
- Feel free to use chicken, beef, or lamb broth.
- Make it vegan by using vegetable broth and vegan butter substitute.
- Also, for a creamier sauce, add some shredded parmesan cheese.
- Sprinkle some red pepper flakes for heat.
- Watching your salt intake? Use low-sodium broth.
- Get rid of extra sodium by soaking the spuds in water.
- Always use fresh herbs for the best flavor.
- Use the trimmings to make crispy tater skins!
- You can leave them unpeeled if desired.
- Experiment with flavors. Try saffron, bay leaves, and lemon.
- You can make them in advance the day before. Pop in the oven before serving.
Fondant Potatoes Recipe
- 5 medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme (plus more for garnish)
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary (plus more for garnish)
- 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
- Peel the potatoes. Trim the ends so they are flat, then cut each potato in half crosswise. You should now have 10 flat potato rounds.
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl and cover with cold water and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and arrange the rack in the middle of the oven.
- Drain the potatoes, rinse with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels.
- Place them in a dry large bowl and season with the kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, and onion powder.
- Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the potatoes cut-side down in a single layer. Cook until golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes, flip and cook for 5 more minutes
- To the pan next add the garlic, butter, and 4 sprigs thyme, and 4 sprigs rosemary. Stir and cook until the butter is foaming and just starts to brown, 2 minutes.
- Add the broth, stir gently and transfer the pan to the oven.
- Bake until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 30 to 35 minutes.
- Garnish with more fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs before serving, drizzled with the pan juices, and sprinkle parley on top.