• 4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

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 kid’s reactions!  For a simple and easy side dish, my baked fried potatoes will be the hit of the meal.

Cut thin slices the entire length of the potatoes, but not the entire way through.  Leave about a ½ 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.