Fondant potatoes, also called pommes de terre fondantes, is a French side dish. In this dish, potatoes are cut into cylinders, then pan-fried on both sides, then roasted in the oven in a stock and butter sauce. The result is a flavorful potato that is crispy and brown on the outside, but creamy and tender on the inside.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Cut off ends of russet potatoes. Stand potatoes on end, and peel them from top to bottom with a sharp knife to make each potato into a uniform cylinder. Cut each cylinder in half crosswise to make 6 potato cylinders about 2 inches long.
- Place potatoes into a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes to remove starch from the outsides.
- Heat vegetable oil in a heavy oven-proof skillet over high heat until it shimmers slightly.
- Pat dry potatoes with paper towels. Place potato cylinders with the best-looking ends into the hot oil. Reduce heat to medium-high, and pan-fry potatoes until well-browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and cook until potatoes are tender and creamy inside, about 30 minutes. If potatoes aren't tender, add 1/4 cup more stock and cook for 10 more minutes.
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