The Swedish Chef I

Swedish Potatoes

The Swedish are more than just fish, chefs, and modern but woefully crafted furniture.

These Swedish Potato Fans are ridiculous. They’re baked potatoes. They’re oven fries. They’re delicious. There really is no recipe as it’s just your average baked potato topped with cheese and breadcrumbs. It’s all in how they’re prepared.

 

Swedish Potato Fans

Take a Russet potato and slice a little off the bottom so that it can sit flat. Slice off a little off each end. Now for the fun part. Take a couple of chopsticks and lay them on either side of the potato. They’ll act as a knife guide as you make 1/4″ wide slices across the potato all the way down to the chopsticks. This will enable the potato to remain intact as it cooks.

Here’s an important step: before cooking, you have to rinse off the excess starch in between each slice under cold water. Otherwise, the slices will eventually glue themselves back together as it cooks due to the starches. Place them on a microwave safe plate and nuke them for 6 minutes, turning them over halfway through.

Place them on a baking sheet lined with nonstick foil or parchment paper. Brush them with olive oil. Be sure to brush them in between each slice as well. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 30 minutes, turning them around halfway.

While it’s baking, you can prepare the topping, which is nothing more than breadcrumbs, melted butter, and shredded cheese. After it’s done baking, top each potato with your breadcrumb mixture and bake in the oven until everything is nice and brown.

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