What is the name of the potato puffs shown in the picture?
'Pommes dauphine', or dauphine potatoes, are crisp potato puffs made by mixing mashed potatoes with savoury choux pastry, forming the mixture into quenelle shapes or balls, and then deep-frying them. Pommes dauphine typically accompany red meats or chicken.
Originating in the 19th century, pommes dauphine is the French version of tater tots. Made with potatoes and the same pastry dough used for cream puffs, pommes dauphine are savory, deep fried morsels that can not only be homemade but are also commonly found in the freezer section of French groceries stores — just as tater tots are found in America. Considered rustic, pommes dauphine are not generally found in nicer French restaurants.