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Chef Laurent Gras Recipes

Potato Puree by Laurent Gras

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This Potato Puree recipe is a preview from Chef Laurent Gras's IACP award-winning cookbook, My Provence.

Almost nothing satisfies like a simple, buttery potato puree. This is a basic recipe I use for my Fresh Cod with Green Olives, but you can serve it with any meat or fish.
— Laurent Gras


Yield: 4 servings

  • 1 pound (500 g) fingerling or other starchy potato, washed
  • Sea salt
  • ¾ cup (150 ml) chicken stock, boiling
  • 3 tablespoons (50 g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 sprigs Italian parsley, chopped


Wash the potatoes and place in a saucepan with a generous pinch of sea salt. Cover the potatoes with cold water and simmer over medium heat until soft, about 15 minutes. Use the tip of a knife to test the resistance of the flesh. Drain. When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes using a paring knife. Pass the potatoes through a food mill, ricer, or fine mesh strainer into a mixing bowl. Alternately, you can mash them with a fork. Pour half of the chicken stock over the potato while stirring with the fork. Add the butter and the olive oil, and adjust the consistency of the mixture with the remaining chicken stock. The purée should feel light while stirring. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and keep warm over a pot of simmering water. Stir in the parsley just before serving.

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