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Baked Potato Slices

Serves 4

This is a very easy and light recipe for baked sliced potatoes. It is based on a recipe I saw years ago on an episode of the Two Fat Ladies. Don't let the name of their show fool you because they did make some healthy dishes. In this recipe, the potatoes can be peeled or not. Whenever possible, I let the peels on. It is less work and more nutritious. I usually use Yukon gold or red-skinned varieties. This takes some time to prepare, but most of the time is hands off. See the variations and notes below for some suggestions and tips, and the similar and related recipes links for a version made with sweet potatoes.

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Place the potato slices in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry when ready to use.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking dish with olive oil or spray. Place a layer of potatoes on the bottom, slightly overlapping the slices. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, herbs and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and then moisten with a little broth. Continue to layer until all the potatoes are used. This will make about 5 layers. Add any remaining broth. Bake at 375° until potatoes are tender, about 50 minutes. Increase the heat to 450° F. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until the top layer is browned and crispy. Serve immediately.

Variations: If desired, sprinkle each layer, except the top, with grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the top before the last 10 minutes of baking. Melted butter can be used in place of some or all of the olive oil. For a vegetarian version, use low-sodium vegetable broth. I have also made it with plain water.

Notes: If you have a mandolin, it is easy to thinly and evenly slice the potatoes. However, a good sharp knife will work. If the oven is being used for another dish, the potatoes can be baked at a slightly higher or lower temperature, from 350° to 400°, adding or subtracting from the cooking time. Remove the other dish and keep it warm while finishing the potatoes for the final 10 minutes at 450°.