Are you ready to impress the heck out of your dinner party guests? Stand one of these L'il Pomme Annas on your guests' plates next to a slab of braised short ribs and watch them ooh and coo about how cute — and delicious — they are. It's a very simple deconstruction of that classic casserole potato dish Pomme Anna, but with a single-serve attitude.
A quick note about fat: I'm a fan of any kind of potato that's baked in the oven, but I don't always need my potato side dishes to be flush with fat. Scalloped potatoes contain butter and cream, au gratin potatoes contain butter and cream and cheese, but their less sloppy sister Anna is just butter, salt and pepper, and fresh thyme. And, the amount of butter you use is really up to you. When I make this, I probably only use 4-6 Tbsp. of butter and save the rest. (Herb butter comes in handy!)
Step 1: Get your act together
Your supporting players will be:
6-8 Tbsp. of butter
1 1/2 - 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes
Salt and pepper
Small clove garlic, minced (optional)
A muffin tin
A baking sheet
A note about substitutions: The French will never forgive you if you don't make this according to my strict interpretation. Nah, not really, but I definitely recommend using small Yukon Gold potatoes. They're the right size. Not as creamy as a Idaho spud, but they'll hold together a bit more, which is important for this dish. But I do very strongly suggest you use fresh thyme. It makes a difference; thyme is a true partner in this recipe.