Just a quick post today for a great potato side dish. These have everything I love in a potato dish: butter, crispy edges, fresh herbs, gooey cheese, did I mention butter and cheese?
The recipe at the end has quantities for 4 large potatoes, but this is a recipe I usually don’t measure for. You can use any kind of potato, peeled or unpeeled. I usually use unpeeled, but these red potatoes had skins that had seen better days, so off they came.
Start by cutting the potatoes into slices, but not all the way through. You want the bottom edge of the potato to remain intact. An easy way to do this is to place wooden spoons on either side of the potato as a cutting guide.
Place your sliced potatoes in a baking dish. Melt butter and pour over the potatoes, using your fingers or a fork to get butter in between potato slices. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt (again trying to get some between the slices).
I love using fresh herbs with this, but in the winter I will often use dried Italian seasoning. Push a little between the slices. I used fresh oregano and thyme between the slices this time, and then sprinkled fresh chives over it all. The potato slices will open up more as they cook.
Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes, or until cooked through. Once or twice during cooking, spoon melted butter from the bottom of the pan over potatoes. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
Sliced Baked Potatoes with Herbs and Cheese
4 large baking potatoes
1/4 cup melted butter (plan on 1 Tbs per potato)
1 tsp coarse sea salt
2-3 Tbs chopped fresh herbs (or 2-3 tsp dried):
try basil, thyme, oregano, chives, or Italian seasoning
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan (other cheeses would be good as well)
Wash and dry potatoes; peel if desired. Cut into thin slices, but not all the way through the potato (use the handle of a wooden spoon placed alongside the potato to prevent cutting all the way through). Place potatoes in a baking dish. Sprinkle with butter, salt and herbs, getting some between each slice.
Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. Once or twice during cooking, spoon melted butter from the bottom of the pan over potatoes. Top with cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes.