Sautéed Straw Mat Potatoes

Preparation info
  • Makes about


    Side-Dish Servings
    • Difficulty


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By James Peterson

Published 2007

  • About

This straw mat makes a dramatic presentation, plus its buttery crunchiness is hard to resist. It is remarkably quick to make, too, finished in little more than 30 minutes.


  • 7 large waxy potatoes, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces (


Just before you are ready to begin cooking, julienne the potatoes as shown. Don’t do it any sooner or they will turn dark. It’s unnecessary to soak them in water to prevent discoloration.

Heat the oil in a 10- or 12-inch skillet, preferably nonstick. When the oil begins to smoke, heap the julienned potatoes in the center of the pan and press them down into a flat cake. Keep the pan over