Mini Pommes Japanna (Mini Pommes Anna, Japan-style)

by Tokyo Terrace on December 11, 2010

Sorry about the title…couldn’t help it!

Pommes Anna is a French dish made simply of potatoes, butter, salt and pepper. The potatoes are very thinly sliced, layered, and baked to a blissful combination of crisp creaminess. It’s the perfect example of humble ingredients resulting in indulgent, flavorful dishes. Now, I can’t claim the genius behind making this mini-version. The credit for that goes to Naomi of Bakers Royale, a fantastic blog with a whole host of wonderful recipes. Her mini Pommes Anna can be found here.

The moment I saw her gorgeous photos, I knew I had to make this dish. But with a Japanese spin, of course. The first step was to use Japanese sweet potatoes, satsumaimo, in addition to small white fleshed potatoes. Then, I walked past a display of Kyoto red carrots. This is the perfect time of year for these beautiful roots and they are traditionally seen in Japan around the New Year. Their gorgeous red color and sweet flavor are similar to the familiar orange carrot, but slightly different. The flavor was perfect in these little 2-bite appetizers. And since Pommes Anna is basically the same color bottom to top, I thought a splash of red Kyoto carrot would be gorgeous!

Fortunately, the carrots were perfect. I layered them with the potatoes and put a few on the top for a splash of color. (Next time, I would add even more carrot slices, fanning them out so they are easier to see between the layers of potato.) With a leaf of chervil as a garnish, this is an ideal recipe for a holiday cocktail party. They are easy to eat as finger food and look beautiful on these bamboo dishes.

I used Naomi’s recipe, which you can find by clicking here. I didn’t need to change anything at all and it worked perfectly!

*You can purchase eco-friendly products like catering supplies and plastic plates from and receive 10% off by entering the coupon code: tokyoterrace. For the dish used in this post, click here to purchase.

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  • Ang

    Yum!! I love small bites, and no need for silverware. Can’t wait to try these out for my next party:)

  • New York City Expat

    The contrast in colors are just super, well done you! I’m so glad, so very happy you posted this, I’ve been itching for a way to incorporate potatoes, but in a more chic style, for our Holiday dinner this year, while I’ll have some garlic mash, these will make for a great holiday photo shoot, right?

    Photos look super.

  • Jun

    I like the title. Hehe. Good job on the splash of red Kyoto carrot.

  • Cherine

    I love pommes anna and yours are so beautifully done!

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  • Alina

    I’m going to try Pommes ANna this week. We’re such potato-eaters in our family :) I’ve never heard of red carrots before, they look fantastic!

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

    It’s absolutely stunning Rachael and I don’t blame you for the title – cute!

  • Dimah

    Wow, this looks so scrumptious!
    Congrats on the top 9!

  • Mariko

    Beautiful, really. You have gained a follower!

  • jenny @ melting butter

    wow, this is something else… I love it! Thanks for sharing…love your blog btw :)

  • Angellove’s Cooking

    Love it!!!

  • Naomi

    Gosh, thanks so much for crediting me. Yours looks wonderful. I love the splash of Kyoto red potatoes! Your blog is fantastic. I love that I found your blog-what a great resource for Japanese food!

  • Fresh and Foodie

    Just gorgeous! I adore this recipe.

  • Brie

    this looks amazing! reminds me of hasselback potatoes. mmm, delicious!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my Gosh, they look so good Rachael! I have no problem you renaming them Japanna. :) Maybe you’ve just started the next big food trend and you don’t know it yet. Beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Hey you! So glad to have your approval on the title- I hesitated, but I blame Brad for eventually talking me into it :) Hope you’re well! Come back to Tokyo again so we can eat ourselves silly!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Brie! This was a new recipe for me, but definitely a keeper.

  • Anonymous

    Me too- so elegant and simple. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely! Your initial idea to do this in miniature form was just brilliant- you did all the work :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! I’m so glad you enjoy the Terrace and I hope to see you back soon!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Mariko! Thanks for the compliments and the follow. Looking forward to seeing you back here again!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! That was a nice surprise to be in the top 9 :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Mardi- glad you approve of the title :) I thought it was pretty decent! It was actually Brad’s idea, so I can’t take full credit… Hope you’re well!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! If you love potatoes you will be a huge fan of this in no time. Try it with traditional sweet potatoes (the orange ones) in addition to regular. It’s healthier and would add fantastic flavor!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Cherine!

  • Anonymous

    This is a perfect way to add a little class to your holiday table :) Thanks so much for always leaving such nice comments. I truly enjoying seeing you here in this little corner of cyber space. Merry Christmas!

  • Rachael

    GORGEOUS! And now I’m REALLY homesick…satsumaimo and Kyoto red carrots are two ingredients that I REALLY love. Sigh.

  • shannon

    Great Post and congrats on being named Foodbuzz’s Top 9!!! That is a pretty cool honor!!!

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  • Alisa

    I love this!

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