Boulangère Potatoes

I love the rhythm of humdrum weekends. The kind when nothing remarkable is happening save for the ebb and flow of family life. While it may feel like little is going on, the space and time for slow cooking and family meals is more than enough to satisfy me.

I could happily have a roast dinner every weekend of the year and never grow tired. But in hot weather even my insatiable appetite for a roast craves something lighter. Recently we have been having our roast chicken with green salad and boulangère potatoes. It fits with my current need for hands off cooking but provides a deeply satisfying meal at the end.

After posting some pictures to Instagram (I’m thatkat if you’re interested) my friend Abby asked me to share the recipe. With pleasure:

Boulangère Potatoes

1kg potatoes (we love King Edwards), peeled and sliced to approx 4-5mm thickness

1 large (or 2 small) onion, thinly sliced

1tsp (or there abouts) or either rosemary or thyme, finely chopped

Enough hot stock (vegetable or chicken) to cover


  • Butter a shallow oven proof dish.
  • Layer the potatoes and onions alternately, lightly seasoning with pepper and the herb as you go (a word of caution here, too much pepper will make the dish hot).
  • Finish with a layer of potatoes, pour pour over the hot stock until it reaches the top layer of potatoes.
  • Dot butter over the top of the potatoes.
  • Bake in the oven at 180°C for 60 – 70 minutes until the top is beginning to colour and crisp a little.

Serve at the table with fresh green salad. Fantastic with roast chicken, poached chicken, grilled fish or even leftovers to name but a few.

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  • Reply Abby May 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks Kat, will be trying these as soon as I get a chance, they look delish!

    • Reply Kat May 13, 2011 at 12:38 am

      Brilliant, happy to help.

  • Reply Kelly May 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I love potatoes so much. Will definitely be trying this and your poached chicken soon. Your pictures are making me so hungry!

    • Reply Kat May 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

      I’ll bet you’re feeling hungry with Miss Kate to look after!

  • Reply The Headmaster's Wife May 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I couldn’t agree more…an at home weekend with family is priceless. Your cooking looks delicious!

    • Reply Kat May 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

      Thank you.

  • Reply Bec Metcalf May 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Hmmmm another of your scrummies I need to try lady! Yum!
    I made your poached chicken the other day, was delish :)

    • Reply Kat May 13, 2011 at 12:41 am

      Oooh, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Abby May 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I want to come over for dinner please. MMMMM…those look so good!

    • Reply Kat May 13, 2011 at 12:41 am

      You’d have to stay all weekend but sure, you can come.

  • Reply Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking May 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    These potatoes look awesome! I am really glad that I found your blog!!

    • Reply Kat May 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Thank you

  • Reply Abby May 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    p.s. congrats on best photography

    you’ve got my vote x

    • Reply Kat May 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you Abby xxx

  • Reply mamaUK May 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I wanted to stop by and say congratulations for making it through to the final of the MADS, I will be voting for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Rosaleen xxx

    • Reply Kat May 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Rosaleen xxx

  • Reply Sarah, Maison Cupcake May 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    These look so tasty, I must confess I’m never sure what the difference is between au gratin, dauphinoise and boulangere? Must look it up…

    • Reply Kat May 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      I think I know this one! Au gratin is with: a cheese sauce and topped with crumb, dauphinoise is is with: cream and garlic and boulangere are with: stock. Al baked, all extremely good!

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