La Purée de Pommes de Terre de Joël Robuchon
Can mashed potatoes be forever memorable? Oui! Especially if the recipe comes from “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon. With just four ingredients – potato, butter, milk, salt – his legendary Purée de Pommes de Terre recipe takes the humble potato and turns it into something impossibly elegant and silky and oh so rich. A potato dish of dreams that we were fortunate to enjoy at a “dinner of small tasting portions” at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas here.
While Robuchon’s pommes de terre are typically served sans garnish, it is Spring, and my garden chives are in bloom. I don’t think he would mind my fresh addition to this signature dish… Joyeux Printemps, Chef!
French Mashed Potato Recipe
- 2 lbs. French Ratte Potatoes or Yukon Gold Potatoes (uniform size)
- 8 oz. Butter (or more) – High Quality, Unsalted, Cubed, Chilled
- Up to 10 oz. Whole Milk – Hot
- Salt to Taste
- Chives (Optional)
Cook unpeeled whole potatoes in salted water over medium heat until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Peel potatoes and cut into manageable pieces. Pass potatoes through a food mill or potato ricer. Place “riced” potatoes in a casserole dish and heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, to release moisture, about 5 minutes.
Add butter, in batches, stirring vigorously to a light fluffy consistency. Slowly add hot milk in a thin stream while continuously whisking the mixture. Only add enough milk to get a creamy consistency.
Pass the mixture through a fine drum sieve to get Robuchon’s signature velvety texture. Return the potatoes to a clean heavy-bottomed casserole dish, reheat, whisking in more butter and milk as needed. The amount of butter and milk will vary with the type of potatoes, the season, and desired level of richness. Double the butter for exceptional richness.
Add salt to taste.
Garnish with chives if desired.
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