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tater essentials: potato mounds

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

If you are tired of the same old potatoes, you might want to give these a try. They are easy to assemble, and make a very nice presentation for your next dinner party or soiree. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 2 - 3
prep time 45 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For tater essentials: potato mounds

  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 clove
    garlic, smashed
  • 1 lg
    potato, russet variety
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • hungarian paprika, to taste
  • crème fraîche, for a topping
  • fresh oregano, chopped, for a garnish
  • parmesan cheese, grated for a garnish

How To Make tater essentials: potato mounds

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Add the olive oil, and garlic to a small saucepan over low heat.
  • 4
    Keep the heat very low, and allow the garlic to infuse into the olive oil, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • 5
    Remove from the heat, and reserve.
  • 6
    Cut the russet potato into thin slices.
  • 7
    Chef’s Tip: A mandoline is a great way to achieve even slices.
  • 8
    Chef’s Note: Do not place the potato slices into cold water, the starches will help to hold them together.
  • 9
    Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 400f (205c).
  • 10
    Brush a bit of the oil into the bottoms of the muffin tin cups.
  • 11
    Chef’s Tip: To make extraction of the potato stacks simpler, you could always use paper muffin cups… That’s what I’m doing.
  • 12
    Lay a potato slice in the bottoms of the cups and brush with some of the oil.
  • 13
    Add a pinch or two of the salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • 14
    Repeat with the remaining slices, by brushing with oil, and adding a bit of the spices until the stacks reach the top of the cups.
  • 15
    Chef's Note: My technique here is to lay a slice down, and add a bit of oil, then add a touch of salt, then lay a second slice down, and add oil and a bit of pepper, then add a third slice down, add oil, and a dusting of paprika. Then, repeat the process until the tin is full. That way I don't feel like I'm overwhelming the mound with too much spice.
  • 16
    Place in the preheated oven and bake until golden brown, about 25 – 30 minutes.
  • 17
  • 18
    Garnish with some chopped oregano, parmesan cheese, and/or sour cream (if using), and serve with your favorite dishes. Enjoy.
  • 19
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.