I Just Discovered Melting Potatoes and I'm Officially Serving Them with Everything



We first spotted melting potatoes on Pinterest, where we quickly learned all recipes follow the same basic technique. Toss thick slices of potato in melted butter, roast in a very hot oven, add chicken stock at the end of the baking time, and serve with the reduced stock over top. Yeah, we aren't mad at that.

Heat your oven to 500°F with the rack in upper-middle position. The hot oven gives the potatoes their deep golden color and crispy exterior, so don't cheat this part. Peel two pounds Yukon gold potatoes (the kind used for mashed potatoes—that's what makes the insides of these so lusciously smooth) and slice them into 1-inch thick rounds. This is likely thicker than you think, and it may feel unnatural. But we're not going for crispy potato chips here. We want hefty, decadent slabs of potato.

Toss the rounds with 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted melted butter, 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (chopped fresh rosemary is also fine), 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a 13-by-9 inch metal baking dish and arrange in a single layer. Don't use a glass pan, which can burst under such high heat.

Bake for 15 minutes, flip the potatoes, then bake 15 minutes more. Remove the dish from the oven and add 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock and 3 to 4 smashed garlic cloves. Return to the oven until most of the stock is absorbed, about 15 minutes more. Transfer to a serving platter and pour the remaining liquid in the pan overtop. Serve warm to very lucky friends.