This Crispy, Cheesy Potato Galette Feels So Fancy (but Couldn’t Be Easier)

published Dec 17, 2020
Duck Fat Potato Galette with Comté Cheese

This impressive potato galette features crisp, potato chip-like edges and a rich and cheesy center.


Prep15 minutes

Cook20 minutes to 25 minutes

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Credit: Jason Rampe

2020 is the year that we all went home and ate potatoes. Like so many of you, I love potatoes — they’re inexpensive and versatile — but I often get stuck in a potato rut, rotating solely between baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and roasted potatoes. 

Enter: this very special potato galette. The edges are crisp like potato chips, and the center is rich and cheesy, resulting in an elegant and delicious potato dish that’s endlessly versatile. Add caramelized onions, serve it with a side of bacon, or enjoy it for dinner with a light, herby salad. Whatever you do, it’s an easy, impressive way to switch up your potato game, and will be a refined addition to your table.

Credit: Jason Rampe

Cooking with Duck Fat (It’s Liquid Gold!)

I started making this dish a few years ago when I was given a quart of duck fat, which isn’t just a delicious fat — it’s liquid gold! I usually stash it in my freezer for special occasions, but being stuck at home is hard, and so I’m treating myself and breaking it out way more often. You can use it like you would olive oil, whether you’re sautéing vegetables or making a vinaigrette, and here, it lends its irresistible unctuous quality to thin slices of potato.

If you’ve ever made duck confit, you’ll be left with enough fat to save for later, but duck fat is also easy to find and buy. That said, you can also substitute chicken fat (or schmaltz), beef tallow, bacon fat, or even olive oil. While the duck fat makes this potato dish tasty, it’s the way the potatoes are prepared that makes it truly special.

Building Your Galette

The first step of this galette is slicing the potatoes. I love using a mandoline, which creates thin and even slices and makes the process go so much more quickly. While it’s sometimes seen as a scary tool, the more you use it the better you’ll get. Most mandolines come with a slicing guard for safety and I also wear a latex kitchen glove on my slicing hand to protect myself. (You can also buy kevlar gloves if you prefer added protection). If you don’t have a mandoline, that’s okay — just make sure your knife is really sharp and try to slice the potatoes as thin as possible.

After tossing the potato slices with the duck fat and some salt and pepper, it’s time to build the galette. I form the galette like a pommes anna, shingling the slices in a rosette formation and working from the outside toward the center in a spiral (I like to draw a circle on the parchment to guide me). I lightly sprinkle Comté cheese in between the layers and on top of the galette, but feel free to use cheddar, Gruyère, or any melty cheese you prefer. Then, bake until the edges are deep golden-brown and the cheese is melting and browning in spots on top.

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Duck Fat Potato Galette with Comté Cheese

This impressive potato galette features crisp, potato chip-like edges and a rich and cheesy center.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes to 25 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 3 ounces

    Comté, Gruyère, or sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons

    finely chopped fresh chives

  • 1 1/2 pounds

    small or medium Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 1/4 cup

    duck fat, schmaltz, or bacon fat

  • 2 teaspoons

    kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • Flaky salt (optional)



  1. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat the oven to 425ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place a round plate that’s about 10-inches wide on the center of one of the sheets of parchment and trace with a dark pen or Sharpie. Flip the paper over (you should still be able to see the circle). Repeat with the other sheet of parchment. These circles will help in assembling a round galette.

  2. Grate 3 ounces Comté cheese (about 1 loosely packed cup). Finely chop until you have 2 tablespoons fresh chives.

  3. Peel 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes. Thinly slice the potatoes with a sharp knife or mandoline into 1/8-inch thick rounds. Place the slices in a large bowl.

  4. If solid, melt 1/4 cup duck fat. Add the duck fat, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to the potatoes and toss until evenly coated.

  5. Divide the potatoes into 4 portions. Assemble the galettes one at a time: Working from the outside to the center, arrange 1 portion of the potatoes in an even layer inside one of the marked rounds on the parchment, overlapping the slices as needed. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup loosely packed cheese. Arrange a second portion of the potatoes over the cheese in the same way, then sprinkle with another 1/4 cup loosely packed cheese. Repeat assembling the second galette.

  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets between racks and from front to back. Continue baking until the potatoes are tender and the edges are deep golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes more. Sprinkle with the chives and flaky salt if desired before cutting into wedges and serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days.