Potatoes Anna

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Buttery sliced potatoes baked up to perfection! www.lemonsforlulu.com

The first time I ever made these potatoes was also one of the first times I ever hosted family for Easter.  My husband and I were newly married and had recently purchased our first home.  I decided it would be fun to host my in-laws and both sets of grandparents on my husband’s side.  I went all out.  I purchased special linens for the table, cloth napkins and table center pieces.  I was so excited to be able to use my fine china and all my newly acquired crystal glasses.  Each dish was served on fancy platters and delicate serving dishes-naturally, none of which could be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Potatoes Anna-simple baked potatoes!  www.lemonsforlulu.com

It was a successful meal and I’ve had several formal meals immediately following that Easter.  However, over time, I realized that formal meals really weren’t efficient.  I mean, passing around platters of food while we served ourselves at the table seemed to take forever.  I began to dread hand washing every single china platter, bowl, wine glass and water goblet.  I resented each serving spoon that needed to be scrubbed.  And let’s not forget about all those linens.  They weren’t going to wash themselves now, were they?

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I still love dinner parties.  But I’m a much more casual host.  My style today is “get it yourself straight from the pan”.   And if you want seconds?  You can get that yourself too.  NO linens either!  I find this works best for me and probably my guests….but mainly for me.  The fewer dishes I have the happier I am!  Besides, it’s not about the dish, it’s about the FOOD!  That’s just the way I like it!

These potatoes were a hit at my formal Easter table 10 years ago and they were a hit at my kitchen table today!  They take a bit of time as you must peel and thinly slice your potatoes.  I won’t lie either, you NEED butter for each layer if you want perfectly crisp potatoes!  But it is all worth it!


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Potatoes Anna
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 3 lbs peeled baking potatoes cut into ⅛ in. thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Over medium heat, melt 2 ½ tablespoons of butter in a 10 in cast iron skillet or any ovenproof pan. Arrange sliced potatoes in a circular pattern, allowing potatoes to overlap if necessary. Sprinkle with about ¼ teaspoon salt mixture. Drizzle ½ teaspoon of the melted butter over potatoes. Repeat layers, ending with butter. Press potatoes down. Cover pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Uncover and bake potatoes for an additional 25 minutes or until they are golden brown. Loosen edges of potatoes with a spatula. Place a serving plate on top of skillet and flip over to invert potatoes onto the plate. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
  5. Serves 8
  6. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.


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28 Responses

  1. Oh yum! Seriously. I love potatoes and I love discovering new ways to prepare them! PINNING to make for later!

  2. I love big dinner parties, but I don’t drag out the fancy stuff anymore either! Martha Stewart has servants, I do not. :( These potatoes look amazing Tanya, I love the simplicity of them. Thanks so much for sharing my Irish Nachos, maybe I should just cook them in the skillet next time. :)

  3. Potatoes Anna are my FAVORITE. And I don’t even own linens, so…yeah. You win at dinner parties, but I win at clean up! Here’s a paper plate and plastic fork…dig in! 😉

  4. Sometimes I’ll break out linens for company, but more often than not, it’s a serve yourself kind of party at our house! This is my favorite way to make potatoes. I usually add some sweet potatoes in their as well.

  5. These potatoes look outstanding, love the slightly browned bits for a little crunch. Can’t wait to try it Tanya, beautiful pics too girl! Pinned. :)

  6. Wow, these potatoes look fabulous Tanya – love how perfectly crisp they look! Perfect for any kind of dinner party :)

  7. Pinned!

  8. looks perfect, I will try this soon!

  9. These are freaking beautiful and amazing.
    And I am so with you — the least amount of dishes = happy mama.

  10. Pamela S

    Have you ever tried tossing the potato slices with the melted butter before layering them? It is much easier than trying to drizzle the butter evenly. And yes, I’m pinning this recipe. Yum!

    • I love that suggestion Pamela! Thank you!!

  11. One of the best things I make is a big pot of fish stew. Everyone loves it and I set a big family size bowl(s) in the middle of the table. Everyone serves their own. Then for dessert I serve on the fanciest dessert plates I have. Everyone feels comfortable and the dessert plates are only hand washed. Your potatoes look wonderful.

  12. I’m with you, Tanya….if we are having just a small group over I MIGHT use real plates and cloth napkins. But typically we’re all about casual and easy! These potatoes look AMAZING…pretty sure no one would be thinking about your table setting while enjoying these!!

  13. Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Pinning.

  14. This looks FABULOUS!! I have a bag of potatoes on my counter that need to be used. Here I was pondering what on earth I would make that could use a good portion of them. This should do it!! YUM!

  15. Your Potatoes Anna turned out beautifully, and I’m definitely with on the serve yourself method. It gets very clumsy passing dishes around when you have a large group, and someone always misses out on something or gets spilled on. An open floor plan comes in handy when the kitchen opens to the dining room. Fill up your plates and head on into the dining room … [#PinItThurs]

    • Passing dishes around is messy and frankly takes away from the whole dinner!! Thanks Chris!

  16. Hi Tanya! I love Potatoes Anna, it’s one of my favorites and your look wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you’re having a great weekend and have a happy week!

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