“La Ratte” in Montpellier

I recently visited the Montpellier area and had dinner with friends, who said they were serving a side dish called La Ratte – hmmm, rat didn’t sound very appetizing, even as a French specialty.

However, these are potatoes, officially called “La Ratte du Touquet” (pronounced like rat and too-kay) and are grown exclusively in the northern region of Picardie and Côte d’Opale.  Considered to be the caviar of potatoes, with a chestnut-like taste and thin skin, they are named from their oblong and knobby shape.

Absolument delicieux!

Photo: pinterest.com

French TV1 News video report about this specialty

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