Fried Potatoes, Sarlat-style; local happenings

Pommes de terre sarladais or Potatoes Sarlat-style is one of those classic French dishes that is so simple it often gets overlooked.

It’s nothing more than potatoes fried in duck fat, but, if you’ve never fried potatoes in duck fat, you have never tasted the absolute best fried potatoes.

Sadly, many of you don’t have easy access to vast quantities of duck fat like we do here in France.

In the fall and early winter we can buy it by the tub-full in any supermarket – or in bigger containers if you are planning on making your own Duck Confit (duck preserved in duck fat).

Since we also love the duck confit I just save the fat.

Duck confit is one of the few foods I buy in a can.

Yes, I buy canned duck…..

As you can see there is rather a lot of fat, totally smothering the 4 thigh-leg pieces that are also in the can.

The duck is one of the key ingredients in Cassoulet. I also like to use it in Risotto or just wipe the fat of the duck and roast the duck in the oven until it’s skin is crispy, about 20 minutes.

The fat is one of the healthier fats – as you can see it’s very soft, almost liquid at room temperature.

It goes in the fridge, keeps ages, and is great for – frying potatoes.

This is based on a recipe in France, the Beautiful Cookbook

Fried Potatoes, Sarlat-style

Total time: 40 minutes


  • 2 medium potatoes, sliced thinly into rounds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbs duck fat
  • 1 tbs parsley, minced
  • salt, pepper to taste


  • Heat the fat in a medium skillet.
  • Add the potatoes and fry, turning over frequently, for 10 minutes.
  • Add garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and turn well to combine.
  • Reduce heat, cover and cook 20 minutes longer, or until potatoes are done, turning often.

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A few weeks ago, when I was out with the dogs, a couple came by looking for their two lost black dogs. I hadn’t seen them, wished them luck and that was that.

Today, as I was looking out at the gray morning, I noticed two black labs running around the pond. They were racing madly around the edge, occasionally popping down for a swim and to chase the ducks.

Then they would run out into the field and, I assume, switch to chasing bunnies and anything else that ran.

Back and forth…. They were having a wonderful time.

Across the field I saw a black car stop. I assume it was their human but they were far enough away that they could safely ignore any commands to come.

They stopped and looked for a few minutes, then took off again, running towards our house.

I went out to see if I could catch them and put them in the fence until their owner came.

A few minutes later the black car came by and parked at the end of our lane. A man jumped out and went running toward the lake, shouting.

After another minute I saw the two labradors running towards the car where they dutifully sat, waiting for their human.

Just think about what a wonderful Sunday morning those dogs had…. They got to chase rabbits and ducks, bark at the cows, have a nice swim and wrap it all up with a car ride!

Their human didn’t seem quite so happy…..

On another note…. I mentioned in my last post that our young neighbor was accepted into graduate school in the U.S. He stopped by yesterday morning to tell me all about the interview and the courses….

And to bring me this gorgeous bouquet as a thank you for my help:

I mentioned to mon mari that it was the first time I have ever answered the door to find a handsome young man with an armful of flowers for me…..

No comment on his comment.

Last update on April 2, 2017

5 thoughts on “Fried Potatoes, Sarlat-style; local happenings”

  1. Your posts are always a great way to start my day! This one is especially delightful. Double happy endings.

  2. Zoomie, thanks – we’ve seen those 2 before…. rascals.

    Kate, life is a lot freer without them,,, but I’d really miss having a dog, too.

    Thanks, Gloria, but I’m not sure if the owner was as happy as the dogs lol

    Phoenicia, it really was. He’s a very nice young man. His mother is one of the nurses that visits

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