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French Food Friday...Pommes Anna

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,
I am not sure about you but I love potatoes and this recipe is a firm favourite  of ours.

Pommes Anna

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour

You will need
500g large potatoes
40g butter
250g onions, peeled and thinly sliced
75g beef dripping
125g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes on a mandolin, or the slicer on the side of a cheese grater. Melt the butter in a pan and gently cook the onions over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until they soften.
2. Heat half of the dripping in a heavy-based frying pan (preferably ovenproof and ideally non-stick). Remove from the heat and arrange a layer of the sliced potatoes in the pan, then build up layers of onions, cheese and potatoes, seasoning them and finishing with a layer of potatoes.
3. Return the pan to a medium heat and fry until the bottom layer begins to colour. Put the rest of the dripping on
top of the potatoes then put the pan into the oven. (If your frying pan isn't ovenproof, then slide the potato cake on to a baking tray.)
4. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown, increasing the temperature to 220oC/425oF/gas mark 7, for the last 10 minutes to brown the top. Loosen the sides of the cake with a palette knife
and carefully invert on to a warm plate to serve.
....bon appetit à tous, Leeann x