I went down a Gordon Ramsey rabbit hole the other day and watched a quick video of him making these. Usually I see fondant potatoes as cylinders or cubes cut out of potatoes, but he did halves.
You cut the potatoes in half and brown them, cut side down, in butter, margarine, or vegan “butter”. To be honest, I should have browned them longer or with the heat a little higher.
Then turn them over and add some stock. I used vegetable stock. The liquid is only supposed to come a little way up the potatoes, not over them. Put the pan into the oven at 450F (~232C) for about half an hour.
I should have 1) kept an eye on these and added more stock as it cooked away and 2) left them in just a few minutes longer.
As it was, they were near perfection. Perfection next time!
I don’t think I seasoned these with anything but salt and pepper, but some recipes call for throwing in a sprig of rosemary or thyme when they go into the oven.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Near perfection.