Hash Browns à La Française (Galette)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe(Pommes de terre Rôtis)is adapted from a cookbook, La pomme de terre: de la purée aux gnocchi. When I prepared this giant hash brown for my father, who considers himself somewhat of a potato guru, he couldn’t stop commenting on the superb flavor and the crunchiness. It made his day! Don’t leave out any ingredients and you’ll find the taste is worth the extra time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water and boil for 10-15 minutes; Drain them well, cool, then peel and grate them.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet; Add the onions and pancetta and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes, just until the onions become tender; Add the potatoes, salt and pepper; Mix well.
  3. Melt the remaining butter and add to the potatoes, gently pressing them tightly together forming a galette…they will look like one giant hash brown; Let it cook for 10 minutes, adding a little butter around the edges and shaking the pan often.
  4. While gently turning the galette over with a large plate or extra large spatula, add some butter to the pan; Let the galette slide back into the pan to cook the other side; Add more butter and let it cook until golden brown, around 7 minutes; Remove the pan from the stove and keep the galette warm.
  5. In another pan, heat the rest of the butter; Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, just until they are tender, but still firm; Add salt, pepper and the parsley; Put this mixture on top of the galette.
  6. *To clarify butter: melt the butter over low heat, then cool in the refrigerator; Gently pour the pure butter in a separate bowl, and discard the watery deposit.
Most Helpful

The third time that I made this for my family of fans, I used duck fat in place of the clarified butter. Yum!

Something from Nothing February 12, 2006

This is a really good recipe!! I have never made a galette before. It fun trying to get this to slide out of my pan and praying not to have it fall on my feet!! I did add garlic salt to my potatoes and minced garlic for the mushrooms. Excellent recipe Thanks Karen

kzbhansen January 24, 2006

Great way to ate potatoes another in another way! I will make this again!

Maïté G. September 06, 2005