Brown Butter and Thyme Potato Cake


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Brown butter and a balsamic glaze makes this layered potato cake an instant winner for a dinner side or packed up for lunch on the go.

This Brown Butter and Thyme Potato Cake is a perfect example of a side dish for dinner turned into a light lunch the next day. And no need to worry about heating this one up, it’s just as tasty cold, I promise you.

What makes this potato torte out of control good is the brown butter combined with the balsamic glaze. We looked at a lot of these torte recipes, sometimes called “Potatoes Anna” and they looked amazing but had TONS of butter. Not that anyone around here is opposed to tons of butter, but we wanted to try and lighten it up a little and that’s where the balsamic glaze comes into play. It adds tons of flavor and it works perfectly in this recipe.

Brown Butter and Thyme Potato Cake

Brown butter and a balsamic glaze makes this layered potato cake an instant winner for a dinner side or packed up for lunch on the go.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. yukon gold potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ cup balsamic glaze
  • 1½ tablespoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Peel the potatoes then slice on a mandoline into ⅛" slices.
  3. Pour 3 tablespoons of the melted butter in a 10" cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  4. Start layering the potatoes into concentric circles in the skillet until you have a couple of layers down. Then sprinkle in some salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the fresh thyme.
  5. Working quickly, add in another couple layers of potatoes, more salt and pepper and thyme and now a drizzle of the balsamic glaze.
  6. Repeat with the potatoes, salt, pepper and thyme, then when you get about halfway down pour in the three tablespoons of melted butter.
  7. Repeat with the reaming potatoes, glaze, salt, pepper and thyme until you're done.
  8. Press down firmly with an 8" dinner plate or cake pan and then transfer the skillet to the oven for 30 minutes.
  9. Carefully remove the skillet to the oven and press down once again with the cake pan.
  10. Return to the stove and cook another 25 minutes.
  11. After the torte has cooled slightly, run a knife around the edges of the skillet and then flip out onto a large plate and cut into wedges. See note*
Notes
To flip the torte out of the pan, place a dinner plate on the top of the torte with one hand and grab the skillet with the other hand (use a hot mit!)
Then flip the skillet upside down and now the torte will be on the plate. Slide off to a cutting board to slice.

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