Monday, September 21, 2009

The (Slightly) Lighter Side of Brabant Potatoes

I first tasted brabant potatoes -  garlicky, buttery, bite-sized bits of glorious, crunchy starch -  a little over a year ago at Galatoire's in New Orleans. As addictive as they were,  I tragically wasn't able to manage more than a few bites of this classic Creole side dish, as I was already full by the time they arrived at the table. Between the Louisiana seafood festival, the Creole tomato festival, lunch at Commander's Palace, several gumbos, and a (meatless) muffaletta, I had, truth be told, been full for days.

Since my CSA has recently gone on a potato rampage, leaving me with 4 bags of the things growing eyes in my cupboard, I figured now was as good a time as any to try to recreate the flavor of  those crispy cubes.  Much to my horror, a little research revealed that brabant potatoes are actually deep fried in oil - and that's before they get drenched in butter.  Nothing more than glorified french fries! No wonder they taste so good.

I figured there had to be another way. Sure enough, a visit to one of my favorite recipe sites, NOLA Cuisine, revealed that baking is an option - albeit a rarely-used one. I was afraid that baking wouldn't give the potatoes that crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside texture that is so integral to the dish, but I was  wrong.  I'm not going to lie - this isn't exactly like the deep fried version, but it's pretty darn close, and it's just as addictive!

Brabant Potatoes

2 medium-sized Idaho potatoes. or equivalent
3 tbsp (or so) olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/4-1/2 stick unsalted butter (most recipes  call for a half stick, but you could easily use 1/4 stick and just use a bit more olive oil to make up the difference)
salt and pepper, to taste

First, peel and dice the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. (Our potatoes were irregular and small, so we couldn't really peel them completely  or make perfectly symmetrical cubes.)  Rinse and pat them dry.
Toss with olive oil and salt, and lay on nonstick cookie sheets, making sure they aren't crowded or touching one another.
Bake in a 425 degree oven until brown and crispy on the outside, about 15-20 minutes.  You may have to take them out and turn them to make sure the bottoms don't burn.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute garlic in 2 tbsp olive oil  over medium low heat. Gradually incorporate the butter. Add most of the parlsey.
Toss with the potatoes, add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with the remaining parsley, and serve immediately.

Baked Brabant Potatoes on Foodista


  1. Yum! This sounds wonderful. Love the plate too, so pretty!

  2. Thanks! The plate was a birthday prezzie from Poppa Trix! He's a keeper, I guess.

  3. what a great idea, this sounds really tasty!

  4. While the deep-fried version sounds wonderful and would be nice to enjoy every now and then, your baked option is much better to accompany a healthy family meal. Plus, it doesn't leave your house smelling like oil!

  5. Oh I'm definitely keeping this recipe - sounds delicious! I love the picture!

  6. Brabant Potatoes sound terrific, I love the presentation in a leaf plate, gorgeous!

  7. Cookin' Canuck: Not only that, you don't burn the house down!
    Simply Life & 5 Star Foodie: I'm really going to have to let Poppa Trix buy all my plates and things for the blog from now on! Everyone loves that leaf plate he picked up!

  8. i would prefer your recipe than the deep fried version. it looks/sounds really delicious. also i love the plate ^^

  9. oh, i think i'd love this special potatoes! i wonder why i can buy these in vancouver!

  10. love the idea and the simplicity of it, will surely try it

  11. I will definitely try these! I was doing a potato side dish for a while that I loved, kind of a roasted, then crashed, new potato, but these look delish! How can you go wrong with potatoes, garlic and butter?