Simple recipe for 'baked fried' potatoes will give any meal special appeal

By Brenda Stanley

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Aug. 30 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

Belle's Baked Fried Potatoes are simple but elegant and delicious.

Brenda Stanley

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Taste is always the first consideration when it comes to my favorite recipes, but I also enjoy it when those dishes are presented in a different and attractive way. One of my favorite foods is simple fried potatoes. My mother and grandmother served them often as a side dish, and I loved the crispy outside sprinkled with just a hint of salt and pepper. What could be more simple and delicious?

Recently, I found a new way to cook potatoes that provides a similar taste to frying them, but they are actually baked. The presentation of this dish, with its accordion-looking design, makes it a fun focal point on the plate.

BELLE'S BAKED FRIED POTATOES

4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Cut thin slices the entire length of the potatoes, but not the entire way through: leave about ½ inch uncut at the bottom.

Place the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, making sure it covers the potato and gets into the cut ridges. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake potatoes in a 375-degree oven for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender with a crisp outside.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins, and a grandmother of three. She is a cookbook author and novelist. Her website is talesofthedinnerbelle.com.

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