4 oval baking potatoes, medium
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Jarlsberg cheese, grated
The easy way to prepare potatoes is becoming increasingly popular in Norway. And it is simply delicious. One I watched a Norwegian chef place a peeled potato in the hollow of a large wooden spoon, and began to slice it in 1/8 inch (1/4/ cm) slices ’till about 1/2 inch (1 1/4) cm) from the end. (The spoon prevented the knife from slicing all the way through the potato.) So easy! Preheat oven to 425°F (215°C).
As you peel the potatoes, drop them into the cold water to prevent discoloring. Slice as explained above. Butter an oven-proof dish. Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place the potatoes side by side, cut side up, in the dish brushed with butter. Brush the potatoes with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. If needed, brush again with melted butter after 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before they are baked, sprinkle with grated cheese and paprika. Total baking time–50 minutes.
Ekte Norsk Mat–Authentic Norwegian Cooking is available for purchase, through the Vesterheim bookstore. Call toll free at (800) 979-3346.