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Accordion Potatoes

February 15, 2009



   Okay, summon your Greek roots, get out the old squeezebox, unearth your suspenders.  Find that old 45 of polka music you have stowed away.  Order a needle off ebay if you must to get your record player up to snuff.  Do what you gotta do to enjoy tonight’s side dish.  

These buttery soft potatoes were a great accompaniment to the pretzel chicken I made for the husband and the vegan sausages I pulled out of the freezer for myself.  





Accordion Potatoes (adapted from Good Housekeeping)


Red potatoes 

Garlic cloves

Olive Oil

salt, pepper, chives, rosemary, poppy seeds, anything in a spice jar, really

The significant portion of this recipe is not the ingredients, it is the method.

You know you have one.  We all have one.  That old kitchen spoon that for some reason you cannot convince yourself to throw out.  We’ve been investing in cooking utensils for a long time since our bachelorette days, yet there are some things we just cannot let go of.  So, dig out that old kitchen spoon from your apartment days.  I’ve got a use for it that justifies your keeping it around for the past couple of decades 😉 



In order to cut the slices into the potato to provide the “accordion effect” there must be some sort of barrier that keeps you from slicing the potato completely.  Insert spoon here.  Place the washed potato in the “bowl” of the spoon and slice downward, about 8-10 times, to create slices of potato 1/8″ thick and 1 inch deep.  There should be about a 1/2″ of uncut potato below the slices.  

imgp06171Yes, smarty, I realize that this is a picture of potatoes after they’ve been cooked, but it beautifully illustrates the proper depth of your cuts.  Take note!

Now, place your potatoes (appropriately sliced) in a microwave safe dish with 1/2 inch of water in the bottom and cook on high for 4-5 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, slice the garlic cloves.  I use one clove of garlic per potato, but we’re an especially garlicky family.  So, adjust to your taste.  Once the piping hot potatoes come out of the microwave, pry the potato slices apart and slip a slice of garlic in between the wedges.

Do not be alarmed if your potatoes begin to resemble Chia Pets.  This is the idea.

Place your garlic-spiked potatoes in an oven-safe dish and drizzle olive oil on top, along with an assortment of your favorite spices.  Cook at 350 for 30 minutes uncovered.  Then cover and cook for 20-30 more minutes.  

Now you may don your suspenders, play that polka music, and enjoy your Accordion Potatoes.

imgp06271Look, hubby, I included a picture of your potatoes!  So the readers can see the broken potato, eh hem, the “accordion effect,” just like you wanted!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2009 7:51 pm

    Damn it, I just threw away our old spoon!

  2. February 15, 2009 8:44 pm

    I’ve seen these done on some kind of commercial website (MSN?), and I’ve always wanted to do it too! They look lovely!

  3. February 16, 2009 2:36 pm

    Love it – Accordian Chia Potatoes would be the perfect side for our steak tonight!

  4. oneparticularkitchen permalink
    March 2, 2009 5:51 pm

    These are fantastic!!!


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