8 medium potatoes
1/2 cup olive oil, plain or flavoured (suggested flavours: Garlic, Chipotle, Milanese Gremolata)
2 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheddar or other melting cheese (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped chives for garnish
Preheat oven to 400˚F.
Make thin, parallel slices across each potato, being careful not to cut all the way through.
Toss potatoes with olive oil in a large bowl, making sure to get plenty of oil between the slices. Arrange potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet, sliced side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, making sure to season between the slices.
Bake for 30 minutes until edges begin to turn golden brown. If desired, remove potatoes, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for another 15-20 minutes until fully tender and golden brown.
Adjust seasoning to taste and sprinkle with fresh chives for garnish. Serve as-is or with sour cream.