Oven-rack Baked Potatoes

"These sliced potatoes are so very simple to make and extremely tasty. This recipe originated with my Russian grandmother over 100 years ago, however, they baked them in an outside oven as they did not have the modern facilities of today."
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  • Preheat oven to 450 F degrees.
  • If you are using young potatoes or potatoes with a clean skin, DO NOT PEEL, just scrub well; otherwise peel potatoes.
  • Slice potatoes lengthwise to about 1/2 inch thick slices.
  • Place in a large bowl; cover with cold water and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain and pat slices dry with paper towelling.
  • Place directly on middle rack in oven and bake for 20 minutes in preheated 450 F oven.
  • Turn potatoes over and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes or until cooked.
  • Remove potatoes into a large bowl.
  • Drizzle melted butter or margarine over potatoes; gently turn slices to coat.
  • Serve with additional melted butter or margarine, a dollop of yogurt or sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped green onions or chives.
  • If desired, you may wish to sprinkle sliced potatoes before baking with garlic powder or your choice of a spice.
  • The slices will puff up and turn a nice medium-dark brown when baked.

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  1. Marsha3
    These were delicious. And not only were they delicious, they were easy to make. My daughters loved them... that says alot! Thanks Uncle Bill
  2. Iwona1961
    So simple and so good. I have served them with thick Greek yoghurt. Thanks Uncle Bill.
  3. breezee1984
    i made these vegan style with tofutti sour cream& earth balance butter. they were delicious! thanks so much for a great recipe!
  4. Junebug
    This recipe is so simple and fast to prepare and cook. The taste is delicious! The possibilities are endless! I was the only one eating so I just fixed one potato, which I peeled and sliced. I baked it about 30 minutes, turning after 20 minutes. Then I drizzled them with butter as per Uncle Bill's well written instructions. After laying potato slices on the plate I sprinkled them with a little garlic salt, added a dollop of sour cream in the middle, sprinkled all of it with paprika and cheddar cheese. These were absolutely delicious! I recommend that you give them a try. Thank you so much for another recipe to add to my Permanent Cookbook Uncle Bill!
  5. TheDancingCook
    We loved these. My great grandmother used to always peel her potatoes before baking them in the oven, but this recipe gives them more pizazz with the butter, sour cream and chives. It took exactly 35 minutes to bake, not a minute longer. I also used Russet potatoes, peeled. Thanks for posting; I will be making these again and again.


I live in Burnaby, British Columbia. I am retired and have written a cookbook entitled, From Uncle Bill's Kitchen. I am a recipe developer, author, publisher, distributor and a chef. My cookbook is very unique as I have a Nutrient Analysis for each ingredient used in each recipe that shows you the values for Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. A high-lighted bar shows the values on a per serving basis plus the Fat/Cal%. From Uncle Bill's Kitchen contains tried-and-true, tested, easy to follow reipes for both novice and experienced cooks. You'll find old Russian, Ukrainian, and other ethnic favorites, along with modern West Coast dishes. The Nutrient Analysis will please the health conscious. Uncle Bill's favorite recipes will reward efforts of the most creative cook and provide the family with many tantalizing, healthful meals. I have appeared on 48 various Television Shows in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamploops, B.C. Canada, as well as in Palm Springs, CA. In Palm Springs, CA, I have been a Guest on the JACKIE OLDEN RADIO SHOW and THE JOEY ENGLISH RADIO SHOW, twice a year since 1998. I also do demo cooking shows at CHAPTERS BOOK STORES, SAVE-ON-FOOD STORES, GALLOWAY'S FOODS, WESTMINSTER PUBLIC QUAY MARKET, and in the U.S. at BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORES in Palm Springs, CA, Phoenix and Yuma, AZ. I was in Palm Springs, CA from June 10th to July 14th. 2002 and again appeared twice on the Jackie Olden Show, twice on the Joey English Show and pre-taped a TV COOKING SHOW with Jackie Olden that is aired on TV from Palm Springs, CA to Los Angeles, CA.
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