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

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

Belle's Baked Fried Potatoes are simple but elegant and delicious. (Brenda Stanley) Belle's Baked Fried Potatoes are simple but elegant and delicious. (Brenda Stanley)

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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