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Pommes Paillasson or Straw Potato Cake

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“In French this finished dish is said to resemble a woven straw doormat! This recipe comes from the 500 ALL-TIME GREAT RECIPES cookbook, a gift from my partner in the current Cookbook Swap! If desired, 4 smaller potato cakes could be made from this recipe, but the cooking time would need to be adjusted.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel potatoes & grate them coarsely, then immediately toss them with melted butter & season with salt & pepper.
  2. Heat oil in large frying pan, then add potato mixture.
  3. Press mixture down to form an even layer that covers the pan.
  4. Cook over moderate heat 7-10 minutes until base is well browned.
  5. Loosen potato cake by shaking pan or running a thin spatula under it.
  6. To turn it over, invert a large baking sheet over the frying pan &, holding it tightly against the pan, turn them both over together.
  7. Lift off frying pan & return it to the heat, adding a little more oil if it looks dry.
  8. Slide the upside down potato cake into the frying pan again & continue cooking until it is crisp & browned on the second side.
  9. Remove from frying pan & serve hot!

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