Pommes Anna is a classic French dish of thinly sliced, beautifully layered potatoes bathed in melted butter. Not exactly keto friendly, until I put my spin on it. The carb count was dramatically reduced by replacing the starchy, high carb potato with rutabaga and the results are heavenly. Rutabagas can be an excellent low carb potato substitute.
Even if you aren’t on a low carb or keto diet, this dish is so good.
Pommes Anna is a gorgeous dish that can be particularly impressive when served at dinner parties. It was simple to prepare and I found the layering process to be quite fun. Although this recipe does require a bit of hands on work up front, the techniques are easy enough that even a beginner cook can pull this dish off.
Pro tip: the more intricate the layers, the bigger the “wow factor” for your family and friends.
To keep the carb count to a minimum and help with portion control, I made the Rutabaga Pommes Anna miniature sized (inspired by this bon appetit recipe). Each one is a perfect portion, although it is admittedly difficult to stop after just one.
A few quick suggestions:
If you are going the mini route as I did, a muffin tin will serve you well. The muffin wells will contain the melted butter and prevent a huge mess.
If you decide to make this dish using the traditional skillet method, be sure to butter or grease the skillet before layering the rutabaga to prevent the vegetable from sticking.
Keep an eye on how big your portions are! Rutabaga is relatively low in carbs, but the carb count can easily creep up if you go overboard. A scale is always the safest way to track your macros.
For best visual results, the rutabaga should be sliced paper thin and uniformly. A mandolin slicer would be particularly useful for this. I did not have a mandolin on hand, so my cuts turned out a little wonky and uneven. But even with that, it still turned out over-the-top tasty and easy on the eyes. Naturally, I have to share!
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Rutabagas can serve as a low carb potato substitute for a variety of other dishes as well. Whether it’s fries, hash, or mash – the possibilities are truly endless. What are are your favorite low carb potato substitutes? Be sure to comment and let me know!
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