Classic Pommes Anna - Simple French Gratin Potato Cake
75 mins (prep 15, cooking 60)
4 ingredients
3-4 servings
In the recipe for "Potatoes Anna", I have always been unsure who "Anna" was. I now have the answer.......Browsing through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2; I found this historical note about Pommes Anna: "It was created during the era of Napoleon III and named, as were many culinary triumphs in those days, after one of the grandes cocottes of the period. Whether it was an Anna Deslions, an Anna Judic, or simply Anna Untel, she has also immortalized the special double baking dish itself, la cocotte a pommes Anna, which is still made and which you can still buy at a fancy price". Sounds like a mandatory piece of kitchenware for all dedicated chefs and cooks to me!! This simple recipe is all in the preparation and presentation, and the use of very, very thinly sliced potatoes, that's the key to success. Since the dish is inverted, it is important that the first layer of potatoes be attractively arranged. Select perfect slices, and overlap them carefully. It is best cooked in a copper or cast iron omelette pan. If you don't have an "omelette pan" which is ovenproof, use a deep pie plate. Keep in mind the final shape makes the presentation. A watercress or parsley garnish adds colour. Serve warm and cut into wedges, like a cake or quiche.

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Serving Size (408.33 g)
Servings 3
Amount per Serving
Calories 794.42 Calories from Fat 550.17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 61.13g 282.15%
Saturated Fat 38.61g 579.19%
Trans Fat 2.46g %
Cholesterol 161.25mg 161.25%
Sodium 502.25mg 62.78%
Total Carbohydrate 58.28g 58.28%
Dietary Fiber 7.33 g 88.0%
Sugars 2.65 g %
Protein 7.37g 44.23%
Vitamin A 1880.92IU% Vitamin C 65.67mg%
Calcium 58.0mg% Iron 2.62mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fresh ground black pepper