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Grated Potato Galettes a la Julia Child
Grated Potato Galettes à la Julia Child (adapted from The Way to Cook)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Time for Potatoes to cool.
2 hrs
Total Time
1 hr

Grated Potato Galettes are buttery crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They are easy to make and an elegant side dish.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potato Pancakes, Potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 287 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 2 large baking potatoes about 12 ounces each (See Tip 1)
  • ½ cup clarified butter or olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cooking the Potatoes
  1. Several hours or a day in advance: Scrub the potatoes under hot running water; then steam them for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are almost but not quite cooked. After 15 minutes, pierce one with a sharp small knife which should just penetrate. Cut one of the potatoes in half crosswise: if there is a raw central core, steam  several minutes more. (If the central core is not cooked through, it can discolor.) Let the potatoes cool uncovered or refrigerated; the potatoes must be thoroughly cold before you grate them.

Grating the Potatoes
  1. Peel the cold potatoes and rub through the large holes of a box grater onto a baking sheet or tray (the food processor does not work well here). Toss lightly with a sprinkling of salt (try 1/2 teaspoon) and pepper (try 1/4 teaspoon), leaving them loosely massed; set aside until time to sauté.

Sautéing the Potato Galette
  1. Heat half of the clarified butter in a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add grated potatoes. Sauté over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, pressing the potatoes together lightly with a spatula, until the bottom has crusted and browned. Flip onto a plate; add remaining clarified butter and slide galette back into pan; sauté to brown the other side, about 10 minutes. Cut into serving pieces. Yield: 4 servings. (See Tips 2 and 3)

Chula's Expert Tips
  1. Russet potatoes work best in this recipe because of their starch content. Avoid Yukon Gold and Red Potatoes.
  2. The galette may be sautéed ahead of time and reheated briefly in a 425° F oven.
  3. Rather than making one large galette, you can make individual galettes. Also, rather than flipping the large galette, you can brown the top under the broiler.
Nutrition Facts
Grated Potato Galettes à la Julia Child (adapted from The Way to Cook)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 710IU14%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.