French Potatoes

"This is a no-fuss microwave potato dish that really makes a hit. I serve it for special occasions, as well as any old time. It's from the book MICROWAVE COOKING by Beverley Piper."
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  • 1 12 lbs potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into rings
  • 3 teaspoons butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 teaspoons milk
  • 1 pinch paprika


  • Put the potato slices to soak in cold water.
  • Put the onion rings into a bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, and pierce.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
  • Grease a five cup casserole dish with a little of the butter.
  • Layer the drained potatoes and onions in the dish, starting and finishing with the potatoes.
  • Season each layer with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the milk over the potatoes and dot with the rest of the butter.
  • Sprinkle the top with paprika.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, and pierce.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 13 minutes.
  • Rotate half-way through cooking time.
  • Allow to stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. I couldnt believe how wonderful these were. I am not one too cook in the microwave and they sounded too simple to be so good but they were excellent! The potatoes had a really great flavour and they hardly had any fat in them. I would serve them as a side dish for company any day. If anyone wonders I weighed the poatoes and it took 6 medium size.
  2. Ditto Tara's comments. PaulaT, you're under-rating this recipe by calling it tastey. It's absolutlely scrumptuous! Wish I had company right now so I could show off. Oh well, more for me! Thanks PaulaT. Oh yeah. I did substitute evaporated skim milk just because I had an open can in the fridge
  3. "These potatoes are great!!!" was the response I recieved after my husband at his first bite. Its almost embarrasing how easy these potatoes are to make. This is a definite keeper.
  4. This is an excellent & easy side dish! I used Nature's Seasonings by Morton in place of the salt & pepper (but it's basically salt & pepper with a little garlic powder). Otherwise, I changed nothing. This one goes into my "keeper" binder!
  5. These were very easy and quick to prepare and left the stove top and oven free for other dishes I was preparing. However, I did think that they were missing something; I'm so used to eating this type of dish in a cream sauce that my taste buds felt a little cheated.I think next time I'll add some garlic and a little cheese. This potato dish is one that I'll use many times over though.


  1. i have to admit, I was a little skeptical - could a microwaved dish really be this good...? The answer is YES! We LOVED these potatoes! I halved the recipe and lowered the "cook" time to 10 minutes. The only change I made was to use seasoned salt instead of regular salt and I omitted the paprika. These were great! Thank you! UPDATE: When I made these again last night, I topped the potatoes with reduced fat real bacon crumbles and low fat cheddar cheese and put it under the broiler for a few minutes...WOW! Would highly recommend! UPDATE #2: This recipe made it into my Book #235514 cookbook! I just LOVE it!Thanks, again, for sharing!
  2. This is a great recipe to use when you cant use your oven. I was roasting two big chickens and was looking to make something different than the regular mashed potatoes. I found these easy to put together although it took a liitle more effort (probably because I just used my knife instead of a fancy gadget.) I doubled the recipe but used two different dishes becuase I didn't know how long to cook them for if I put them all in one. I made one exactly like the recipe and the other I used seasoning salt and cream instead of milk. The seasoning salt definitely helped with the blandness. All in all I would definitely make these again. Thanks for a great recipe!
  3. These were simple and good. I think I might try cooking the onions a little longer, they were kind of crispy. I highly suggest using a metal grater to slice the potatoes and onions. next time I might try adding whipping cream instead of milk.


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