A simple recipe for potatoes that will give any meal a special appeal

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Brenda Stanley
Tales of the Dinner Belle
Belle's Baked Fried Potatoes

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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 unique and attractive way.

One of my favorite foods is simple fried potatoes. They are what my mother and grandmother served often as a side dish, and I loved the crispy outside with just a hint of salt and pepper. What could be more simple and delicious?

Recently, I found a unique way to cook potatoes that gives a similar taste to fried, but they are actually baked. The presentation of this dish, with its accordion looking design, makes it a fun focal point on the plate. Imagine your kids’ reactions!

For a simple and easy side dish, my baked fried potatoes will be the hit of the meal.

Belle’s Baked Fried Potatoes

  • 4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Cut thin slices the entire length of the potatoes, but not the entire way through. Leave about 1/2 inch 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. For more recipes and information, visit her website www.talesofthedinnerbelle.com.

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