SLICED BAKED POTATOES

Ingredients:

4 large russet potatoes

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

2-3 garlic cloves, minced (optional)

Salt and pepper, to preference

1 teaspoon paprika (optional)

1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (either thyme or rosemary)

Grated Parmesan cheese (optional for a cheesy touch)

Fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)

Steps:

Heat It Up: Set your oven to 425°F (220°C) to ensure a crispy exterior and fluffy center for your potatoes.

Potato Prep: Give your potatoes a good wash and dab them dry. Retain the skins for an extra burst of flavor and crunch. Carve thin slices into each potato, ensuring you don’t cut right through, leaving them connected at the base.

Seasoning Mix: Blend the olive oil, optional garlic, salt, pepper, optional paprika, and your choice of dried herb in a bowl.

Flavor Infusion: Lay the potatoes on a baking tray or dish. Thoroughly brush them with the olive oil mix, ensuring the flavors seep into the slices.

Crisping Time: Position the tray in your oven and let bake for around 40-45 minutes. You’re looking for soft interiors and golden, crisp edges.

For the Cheese Lovers: For an indulgent twist, pull the potatoes out a tad before they’re done. Wedge some Parmesan between the slices and pop them back in for an extra 5-10 minutes till the cheese is gooey and golden.

Garnishing Touch: Allow the potatoes to cool a tad post-baking, then sprinkle over some fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness.

Savor the Delight: Serve these crispy potato slices promptly, while they’re still warm. They’re the perfect accompaniment to numerous mains and are sure to be the star of your spread.

Adjust the seasoning as you like, adding in any of your cherished herbs or spices. Dive into your homemade herb-crusted potato slices!

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