Pommes Allumettes

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Darina Allen's Simply Delicious Suppers

By Darina Allen

Published 2001

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Pommes allumettes are matchstick potatoes. They are particularly delicious cooked in olive oil.


  • 450 g ‘old’, ‘floury’ potatoes
  • olive oil for deep-fat frying
  • salt


Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them into tiny, even match-sticks and soak in cold water for 15 minutes. This will remove the excess starch and prevent the potatoes from sticking together. Dry them thoroughly with a tea-towel.

Heat the oil, 190°C/375°F. Fry the potatoes until they are golden brown and very crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle with salt and serve.