July 14, 2006

Accordion Potatoes



Ingredients:
4-6 medium potatoes
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon rosemary
pepper to taste


Directions:

Preheat oven to 400. Spread half of the olive oil over the bottom of an oven-safe dish. With a sharp knife, slice each potato into approximately 1/8 inch slices WITHOUT cutting all the way through the potato*, leave about a 1/8-1/4 inch thick bit of intact potato along the bottom. Arrange on the dish, sliced side up. Brush with remaining oil and sprinkle with rosemary, pepper and salt. Bake 45-50 minutes or until cooked through and the sections are starting to separate. Remove from pan and serve.

*I have heard of placing the potato on the indent of a wooden spoon and then slicing until you hit wood but a steady hand works just as well.
My thoughts:
Another easy, classic potato dish. I used red skin potatoes because that is what I had on hand but Yukon Gold or Russet would work just as well. You could add other spices to heat it up a bit but we were having a spicy main course so I went the simple route with the rosemary. I have heard of a variation of this dish called "hasselback potatoes" but I like "accordion potatoes" better-more descriptive and free of any reminders of David Hasselhoff. I also left the skins on which is a departure from the traditional Swedish recipe which calls for the skins to be completely removed.

10 comments:

  1. Ooo! Accordian potatoes sound and look like fun! What's the texture of these like once cooked? They look like they'd perhaps taste a bit like hot chips - crunchy with a little softness in the middle?

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  2. those are so cool! i think the skins on looks great especially with the red potatos. such a neat way to make potatos, i love it!

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  3. The texture is crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, just like you thought, Ellie!

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  4. This reminds me of the potatoes that a Greek restaurant here offers with their gyros. They call them "cottage potatoes." THey are really good as I'm sure these are as well!

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  5. I love the picture! The pototes just look so...happy.

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  6. Looks soo great..Thanks..!!

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  7. yum! my mom used to make these sometimes to accompany our sunday dinners. it's very nostalgic for me and i can't believe i haven't thought of them since! i used to love the crispy bottoms the best.

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  8. Are you saying you don't like the tanned beyond all belief former Knightrider babe?

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  9. Those look really nice, I LOVE potatoes

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  10. I'm getting ready to throw a tapas party and I think I'll prepare these and pair them with the spicy tomato sauce for dipping. I may have to toss in different varieties, such as purple potatoes for some fun.

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