Pommes Souffle History

Puffed Potatoes or Souffleed Potatoes

According to Larousse Gastronomique, the story goes that they were accidentally discovered in 1837. At the inauguration of a new railway line from Paris to Saint-Germain-en-Lay.

There was to be a lunch for the dignitaries at the restaurant in the new station. The train was had problems making it up a steep slope at the final approach to the station.

The chef prepared some sliced fried potatoes at the appointed time, but when the guests didn't arrive on time, he had to remove the half cooked potatoes and allow them to drain and cool. After several attempts the train finally made it, and caught by surprise at the unexpected arrival of the guests, the chef plunged the potatoes quickly into very hot oil and to his amazement, saw them puff up.

Anna Potato History

Anna Potatoes was created by a French chef named Adolf Duglere, who owned a restaurant called "Cafe Anglais" in Paris.

The dish was named after Anna Deslions, who in the 1800s was both a society celebrity and anactress.