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Fondant Potatoes and Parmesan Herb Palmiers

This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

With the holiday season right around the corner, I have been trying to think of creative spins on classic dishes to serve to guests.  This year, I wanted to focus on my French roots and serve a French food spin on the holidays! Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other upcoming holiday, you can’t go wrong with potatoes and an appetizer!

First up, my holiday appetizer! Now I love cooking with puff pastry, it is such a simple way to make a dish elegant without much work, especially if you use store-bought puff pastry.  One of my favorite uses of it is palmiers.  Usually, these are a sweet treat made with puff pastry, butter, and sugar but they can also be made savory very easily.

I was inspired by some of McCormick®‘s spices that I saw at my local Meijer to make the filling for these palmiers herby! I picked up McCormick® rosemary leaves, garlic powder, thyme, and black pepper as I knew I could combine those not just for my palmiers but also in my potatoes! They were easy to find right in the spices aisle.

McCormick® is my go-to brand for extracts, herbs and spices, and gravy not just during the holiday season but year-round.  They have a great variety of different products that never fail to impress!

For my savory palmiers, I wanted to combine my McCormick® spices and herbs with parmesan and roasted garlic to create a French appetizer that would be memorable and special for my guests to experience.  The recipe is super easy to make and filled with so much flavor!

Yield: 15 servings

Parmesan Herb Palmiers

Parmesan Herb Palmiers

Parmesan Herb Palmiers - A delicious French appetizer perfect for the holidays. Herbs, garlic, and cheese in light and fluffy puff pastry.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Rosemary Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Thyme Leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Round Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg (beaten)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a sheet pan with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a small pan, bring olive oil to medium-low heat. Add in garlic and cook for about 10 minutes, occasionally stirring. Add in McCormick® rosemary, McCormick® thyme, and McCormick® black pepper. Cook for about 4-5 more minutes.
  3. Roll out puff pastry and spread the olive oil mixture evenly across it. Sprinkle parmesan on top.
  4. Take the shorter ends of the puff pastry and roll both in to meet right in the middle.
  5. Slice every 1/3" and lay flat on lined sheet pan with at least 1" space on all sides as they will expand in the oven. Brush on egg wash and then bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

For my French side dish, I wanted to make a potato dish that would blow my guests away! Thus, I ended up making pommes fondant (or fondant potatoes) and they might just be the best potatoes ever.  With a crisp outside and an inside that melts in your mouth, it’s hard not to find these potatoes addicting! Your guests will devour these potatoes SO quickly!

To make these potatoes, you cook them in butter and spices on the stove-top before pouring in vegetable broth and transferring them to the oven to cook and absorb the liquid up.  The spice blend I went with for these potatoes is very similar to the palmiers so that they pair nicely together including McCormick® Rosemary Leaves, Thyme Leaves, and Garlic Powder.

I know that I can’t wait to bring both of these dishes to all of the holiday parties coming up! To get the McCormick® spices that you need to make these recipes, make sure to head to your local Meijer!

Yield: 4 servings

Fondant Potatoes (Pommes Fondant)

Fondant Potatoes (Pommes Fondant)

Fondant Potatoes - A classic French side dish made by cooking potatoes in broth, butter, and spices. This is a great side dish for the holidays!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 russet or yellow potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Rosemary Leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon McCormick® Thyme Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice potatoes into 2" discs.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  3. In a large cast-iron skillet, bring 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter up to medium high heat. Add in potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add in additional butter, McCormick® Rosemary Leaves, McCormick® Thyme Leaves, and McCormick® Garlic Powder and flip the potatoes over. They should be lightly browned on both sides.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and transfer potatoes to the oven. Cook for 15 minutes before flipping the potatoes and then cook for an additional 15 minutes.

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