Rosemary Potato Galette

The wonderful pungent aroma of rosemary, redolent of the Mediterranean, will fill the kitchen during the cooking of this dish.


  • 1Β½ lb (700 g) potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Rosemary leaves (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Scrub the potatoes and slice very thinly, dropping the slices into a bowl of cold water as you proceed. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a wide frying pan and remove from the heat. Drain and pat dry the potato circles and arrange β…“ of them in a spiral, starting in the centre and working to the outside of the pan.

Cut another tablespoon of the butter into little pats and dab over the potatoes. Sprinkle with half the rosemary leaves and season. Repeat twice using β…“ each time of the remaining potatoes and 1 tablespoon of butter.

Cook over a gentle heat for about a half hour or until the bottom is crisp and golden brown. Invert the galette onto a flat plate and put it back into the pan. Continue cooking until the other side is golden. Cut into wedges and serve.

Mr A. H. Roberts, Chief Instructor of the Army School of Catering at Aldershot, won gold medals in 1954 and 1959 at Hotel Olympia for his baskets made out of plaited strands of ribboned potatoes. The strips were softened in vinegar and water and woven into elaborate designs.