Pâté aux pommes de terre

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Pâté aux pommes de terre
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A slice of pâté aux pommes de terre
CourseSide dish or main course
Place of originFrance
Region or stateAllier and Limousin
Main ingredientsPotatoes, crème fraîche, puff pastry

The pâté aux pommes de terre, pronounced [pɑte o pɔm də tɛʁ], or pâté de pommes de terre is a speciality of the Limousin and the Allier (Bourbonnais) regions in Central France.[1] It can be served either as a side dish or as the main course. Today it is often eaten with a green salad. Its main ingredients are potato slices and crème fraîche, which are used to fill a puff pastry crust. The pie is then baked in the oven until the dish is covered with a golden-brown crust.

There are different ways to prepare the pâté aux pommes de terre, and the seasonings vary from family to family. Parsley and onion are common ingredients in the Allier, while the use of garlic and meat is common in the Limousin, Haute-Vienne, and Creuse.

Before potatoes began to be used widely in France in the 19th century,[2] this dish was made with leftover bread dough and was baked with a simple garnish of chopped garlic, flat-leaved parsley, and fatty bacon.[3]

Other names[edit]

  • Gâteau de pommes de terre (potato cake)
  • In the Occitan language, this dish is known as pastis de treflas or as pastis de pompiras, which are two ways of referring to the potato in the Limousin Occitan variant.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jean Anglade, Mémoires paysannes, Editions de Borée, 2003, ISBN 9782844941534 pg. 87
  2. ^ Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a French scientist was the promoter of the use of potato as a food source at the end of the 18th century
  3. ^ Food & Drink in the Limousin; Limousin potato pate