Ham and Potatoes Sarladaise

Ham and potatoes sarladaise is just a fancy French froufrou way of saying “Hey, got leftover ham? This is a fantastically comforting thing to make with it!” It’s actually a twist on a classic dish that’s traditionally made with duck confit.

A Dutch oven filled with ham and potatoes sarladaise on a white and red linen cloth.

This ham and potatoes sarladaise (pronounced sahr-lah-DAYZ) is a French classic that’s traditionally made with duck or goose confit but the authors retrofitted it to work with leftover holiday ham. Originally published April 9, 2010. Renee Schettler Rossi

LC Hamming it Up Note

Easter bunny left you hamming it up with leftovers? Put down that sandwich. Instead reach for your potato peeler. And not to worry if you slathered your hunk of porcine goodness in a deliciously sticky glaze of some sort, whether based on maple or mustard or even Dr Pepper. Just trim the outermost portion before proceeding, as that undertone of sweet or heat, while lovely at the holiday table, may tend to tussle with the savory rustic vibe of this French casserole.

Ham and Potatoes Sarladaise

  • Quick Glance
  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • Serves 4 to 8
5/5 - 2 reviews
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Position the rack in the dead center of the oven and preheat it to 400°F (200°C).

Peel the potatoes, and then use a very sharp, thin knife to cut them into 1/4-inch-thick slices. (It’s easier to slice the potatoes crosswise the short way to produce rounds. But the ensuing dish is more aesthetically pleasing if you slice the potatoes the long way. To get those elegant long slices, first lop off one end of the potato so you can stand it upright on your cutting board. Then slice straight down.) Pat the potato slices completely dry.

Heat the lard or olive oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. The oil is ready when you add a single potato slice and the oil immediately bubbles, but be careful: the starch-laden water lurking within the potato will pop and sputter in the hot oil. (You might consider using a splatter screen.) Fry the slices in batches, being careful not to crowd the skillet, until they’re golden brown, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes per batch. As the potato slices are finished, transfer them to a couple of large gratin dishes or a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

After all the potatoes have been fried and are in the pan, sprinkle them with the remaining ingredients and toss well.

Bake, tossing the ingredients twice or even thrice during baking, until the edges of the potatoes are crisp and the center of the potatoes are tender and everything is aromatic, about 20 minutes. Serve straight from the dish.

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We happened to have leftover local, cured, unsmoked ham, which was itching for potatoes to accompany it in a dish. What’s not to like about ham and potatoes? This sardalaise is a more modern rather than traditional version, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I used my mandolin for perfect 1/4-inch-thick potato slices. I fried them in bacon fat (no calories here!) until perfectly golden. They even looked great sizzling in the skillet. Then all you do is place them in a baking dish and add the ham, garlic, plenty of salt and pepper, and parsley, and roast. So simple and so good. Nothing thrilling or exciting, just plain good. A lot of fat is involved here, so it’s not something I’d make frequently but it’s the perfect way to use leftover ham. Next time I’d add chives or green onion and maybe some fresh thyme.


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  1. It was a wonderful dish to make with the leftover ham. My family loved it! I did add onions while frying the potatoes tho! Definitely would make this again.

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know, Lori! We’re so pleased you and your family loved it.

  2. I did make this general idea, but I used chicken livers (which I had planned to use for the Arlington pate, but, oh well…) and pancetta — chicken livers only cooked until they were done on the outside but still pink inside, pancetta which was very thinly sliced and just frizzled it a bit in a hot pan before the livers — and used the schmaltz. It was very rich and creamy, and I loved the hit of flavor the pancetta gave it. I was tempted to pour in a little cream and put on a crumb topping for a really decadent brunch dish, and I may just do that one of these days, but I think I’ll leave the pancetta out if I do that. ;)

  3. This is the kind of ham I grew up with—cured but not smoked. Called “picnics, they were grocery-store staples here in California, at least in the SF Bay Area. I loved them and didn’t even taste the smoked kind until I was in college. Now you don’t see them at all. I asked in the butcher section of the supermarket. Get this: they stopped carrying them because some ignoramus thought if they weren’t smoked, then they were raw and the store could get sued for selling them as ham. Only takes one dummy to affect a whole chain.

    Stepping down from my soapbox. ;) Maybe I’ll try making one myself. Until then, I’ll try the mildest ham I can find. I have some nice schmaltz which I may try for this. I don’t think it would be too chicken-y but would really up the creamy quotient. Thanks for the idea!

    1. ruthie, I know and love exactly the ham that you describe, and its absence from markets is exactly the reason I rarely opt for ham. Love your idea of using schmaltz. Love it. I, too, think it would lend just the right richness to the recipe. Would love if you let us know how it goes.

    1. Hi Leduesorelle, please let us know how you like it. We think you will LOVE it!


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