Seasoned Fan Potatoes

Monday, September 22, 2008

I hate to admit it but potatoes are often overlooked in my house. They are inexpensive, store well, and make a filling side dish so I am not sure why I have such a hard time cooking them. It is like I have a strange fear I am going to mess them up. But, for the most part, it is difficult to make a mistake with potatoes. When I saw a picture of this recipe I knew I wanted to try it. The potatoes look so pretty and delicious. They were full of salty-buttery flavor and made a lovely presentation.

Serves: 4 potatoes
Start to Finish: 1 hour bake time + 30 min prep time
Recipe By: Tressa Surdick


4 medium baking potatoes
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
2 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese
2 TBSP minced fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried parsley flakes


1. With a sharp knife, slice potatoes thinly but not all the way through, leaving slices attached at the bottom. (See picture below for a helpful idea.)
2. Fan potatoes slightly.
3. Place in an ungreased 9 in x 13 in baking dish.
4. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt.
5. Drizzle with butter. Surprisingly enough, this step took me the most time. It was difficult for me to get the butter to drizzle into the slices. The more you fan out the slices the easier this will be. And I used more butter than it called for to try and get even coverage.
6. Bake, uncovered, at 425 degrees F for 50 minutes.
7. Sprinkle with cheeses and parsley; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until lightly browned.