Baked Accordion Potatoes Recipe

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 26, 2010

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I always try to do a potato dish on St. Patrick’s Day…just because. This year’s winner has seen a lot of action since then because it was an immediate hit.

Here’s my latest infatuation — a simple baked potato that gets its drama from being cut into an accordion before it hits the oven. As it bakes, the slices fan out slightly for a show-stopping presentation. This is as comfortable at a family dinner as it would be at a dinner party.

Don’t tell anyone it’s really just a baked potato dressed up for a night out.

Faith and Begorrah!

Baked Accordion Potatoes

  • 6 potatoes, scrubbed but unpeeled (Idaho potatoes preferred)
  • Olive oil (or melted butter)
  • Salt (or seasoned salt)
  • Garnish: Chopped fresh herbs such as chives, Italian parsley and/or oregano

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices, crosswise, but do not cut through the bottom. (Cut to within 1/4 inch from the bottom.) Place in roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil (or melted butter), making sure some gets in the potato cracks. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

Roast for about 60 minutes, basting again with the accumulated oil at about the halfway mark (a turkey baster works well for this). As potatoes bake, the slices will fan out a bit further.

Remove potatoes from oven. Using a tongs or spatula, place potatoes on plate and shower with chopped fresh herbs if you like. May also be served naked without herbs.

Serves 6.


Sprinkle potatoes with grated Parmesan cheese during the last 10-15 minutes of baking.

Another variation

You can get fancy with paprika, smoked paprika, any kind of a pepper or bbq rub, etc. to sprinkle on these babies. Sometimes, though, simpler is better. Suit yourself.

This was published in March 2010 in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

MimiWiley May 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Should these be covered while in the oven?


Dorothy Reinhold May 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Nah, no need to cover them.


Connie Kaiser March 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

What a great idea!


Colette @ JFF! December 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Got these in the oven NOW!


Dorothy December 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm

So glad! They are classics!


sippitysup December 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm

niiiiiice! GREG


marla {family fresh cooking} October 3, 2010 at 4:22 am

I knew there was a reason we hit it off so well – I just woke up to see your link to this on Facebook & these are exactly what I baked up last night. I crawled the web & learned all about these “Hasselback” or acordian (I like your name for them) potatoes. Thanks so much for the inspiration!


Tammy September 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Do you find you prefer using olive oil or melted butter? I want to try these for the first time. Thank you.


Dorothy September 13, 2010 at 6:23 am

Tammy, I love them using olive oil. I don’t believe I ever used butter, because I started with olive oil, and that was so good, I never felt any need to change it! I think I originally chose olive oil because I got to thinking the butter might burn in the oven at that heat for that length of time, and I didn’t want to deal with burned butter. If you try it, come back and let me know how it worked!


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