So, you’re sitting in one of New Orleans finest restaurants…Antione’s, Arnaud’s or any of the many other world class restaurants, and the waiter says, “You want fries with that?” Huh? That probably won’t happen, but it is likely you could choose a special fried potato dish to go with your spectacular entree.
It takes a pretty special dish to stand alongside some of the great New Orleans entrees. Brabant Potatoes live up to those expectations.
This New Orleans classic is more than just a side of fried potatoes, it’s found in all types of New Orleans restaurants, from the finest creole establishments to the simplest neighborhood corner restaurants. It’s at once fancy and understated and will get the attention of every diner lucky enough to find them next to their Trout Meuniere. Tender and creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, drizzled with garlic butter and seasonings, this is the Grande Dame of New Orleans sides. Let’s make some…
Here’s What You Need
You will want to use a nice starchy potato-best for frying. Russet or Idaho potatoes are perfect. These potatoes are low in moisture and absorbent and render fluffy when cooked. Yukon Golds, only slightly less starchy, are also absorbent and fluffy and work very well for this also. The potatoes will be fried in vegetable or canola oil and seasoned with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and creole seasonings. The game changer? A drizzle of melted butter, chopped garlic and parsley just before serving sets it apart.
See-this has to be simple and no-angst with such few ingredients. Lets see how we do it.
Here’s What You Do
First…you have a beer. Get yourself and your ingredients together and ready, read through the recipe from beginning to end. Make sure you have everything you need, do your chopping and set all the ingredients so all you have to do is assemble. The potatoes do not have to be peeled unless you want them that way. I prefer not to peel them, but that’s me.
Wash, cube and soak the potatoes. Scrub them very well with a soft cloth, then cut them into 3/4″ cubes. Put the cubed potatoes in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let them soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
Parboil the potatoes. Bring about 10 cups of cold water to a rolling boil, drain the soaking potatoes and add them to the boiling water. Once it returns to a boil, let them go for no more than three minutes. We are just partially cooking them here so don’t let them go too long-you should just be able to push a toothpick in part ways. They will finish cooking when you put them in the oil. Once they are done, drain them on some paper towels for a few minutes until they are totally drained.
Heat the oil to 350 degrees. Add about 2 to 3 inches of vegetables or canola oil to a dutch oven (or other suitable pan with high sides) and place it over medium high heat.
Melt the butter and soften the garlic. While the oil is coming to temperature, melt the butter in a sauce pan, then add the chopped garlic and stir for a couple of minutes until the garlic is soft. Throw in some chopped parsley.
Fry the potatoes. Once the oil has reached 350 degrees, add the cubed potatoes. Be careful not to over stuff the dutch oven, leave a good bit of room between the potatoes. If necessary, do this in batches. You want to fry the potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes, until the outside is starting to brown and get crunchy. I have found that 10 to 12 minutes is the sweet spot. Once they are done, drain them into some paper towels just until any excess oil has been removed.
Place drained potatoes in a bowl, add seasoning. You can use a bowl or a baking sheet with sides for this next part. Place the potatoes in the bowl and add the creole seasoning and the salt and pepper. Some creole seasonings have a good bit of salt so make sure that you don’t over salt. Toss to mix that all together well.
Drizzle on the melted butter, garlic and parsley. If you are ready to serve, mix it all up and pour onto the potatoes. Sprinkle some extra chopped parsley on top and toss.
Serve right away or keep warm. The potatoes are ready to serve and they are at their very best right now, but if you’re not, just stick them in a 150 degree oven to keep them warm until you’re ready-just don’t pour on the butter until you are ready to serve. Also, don’t cover them if you put them in the oven because you don’t want them to steam and lose their crunch.
Here’s some tips:
- If you don’t want to parboil the potatoes, just increase the frying time to at least 15 to 18 minutes.
- Make sure to use enough oil to cover the potatoes.
- Be careful not to over stuff the dutch oven, leave a good bit of room between the potatoes. Fry in batches if necessary.
- Many commercial creole seasonings contain salt, so you should taste before adding more salt.
- Not ready to eat? Once drained, just stick them in a 150 degree oven to keep them warm until you’re ready. Wait until they come out of the oven before adding in the butter and garlic. Also, don’t cover them with anything while in the oven-you don’t want them to steam and lose their crunch.
- Make more than you think you need….they will be popular and they make great leftovers for breakfast. Just saute them in a pan until the butter is re-melted and they are warmed through. They will make your eggs proud to be there!
There you have it. That’s it, all there is to it, simple as that. You could be at a fancy dinner at Arnaud’s or Antoine’s, at the corner neighborhood restaurant, or enjoying an informal family meal at home. These Brabant Potatoes are a classic New Orleans side dish that will make any meal special.
I hope you give these a try. If you do, leave me a comment below and let me know how they turned out. Don’t forget to give the recipe a rating…you can turn my stars into beer mugs…all five of them! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and make sure to share this with your friends…they will love you for it. Sign up for our email updates below so you don’t miss anything!
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