The most perfect Crispy Cheesy Potato Stacks. Made simply with potatoes, butter, oregano, thyme, garlic, a bit of cheese, and, of course, some flaky sea salt and black pepper. Each cute little potato stack is perfect and so delicious. The secret…thinly slicing the potatoes and layering them together to create stacks. As each stack bakes away, the edges of the potatoes get extra crispy, while the middle turns buttery, with hints of thyme and garlic throughout each stack. So very delicious…so very addicting.
If there’s one food everyone in my family enjoys, it’s potatoes. They can be in the form of french fries, mashed potatoes, smashed potatoes, tater tots, roasted, or even stuffed into pierogies. It really doesn’t matter, we all love potatoes in any way, shape, or form. Who doesn’t, right?
Come the holidays, I find myself making potatoes as a side for almost every meal. Thanksgiving…of course, Christmas Eve…yep, Christmas Day…a must. And Christmas dinners while the family is in town? Not always, but often. I’m always looking for new ways to serve them up, but a lot of times I come back to the favorites I know we love the most.
Which brings me right to these potato stacks. I first made these years ago and had kind of forgotten about them until a few weeks ago. I remember making these stacks for Christmas Eve dinner and everyone loving them…so much so that I’ve made these cute little stacks every year since.
Normally I love trying something new, but when it comes to our holiday dinners, I stick with the recipes I know my family will love. Tradition!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the best crispy potatoes
…Yukon gold or russet potatoes, either work perfectly within this recipe.
…butter, preferably salted.
…fresh oregano and thyme, but if you don’t have fresh, dried works too!
…a mix of Parmesan and Gruyere cheese.
…flaky sea salt, and plenty of it.
…freshly cracked black pepper.
And that’s it…simple, but potatoes don’t need much to make them delicious.
(potato stacks before baking)
The details on making the best potato stacks
Before you start, locate your mandoline or a very sharp knife. A mandoline is really best for this recipe, so if you have one, use it! If not, you’ll need to very thinly slice each potato using a knife. It’s doable for sure, but the mandoline makes cutting the potatoes into thin even slices very easy!
Now, thinly slice each potato into almost paper-thin slices. Honestly, the thinner you can go the better! Cutting the potatoes into thin slices allows the edges to become perfectly crisp, almost potato chip-like, which yes, is addictingly delicious.
Once the potatoes have been sliced, this rest is so simple, quick, and easy.
Mix melted butter with fresh oregano, thyme, and garlic. Add in not one, but two kinds of cheese, then toss that buttery mix with the potato slices. It’s really important to remember that when tossing the potatoes with the herb butter mix, you’ll want to get each slice coated for best flavor.
Lastly, layer the seasoned, buttery sliced potatoes into a stack in a standard cupcake pan. Fill each mold to the very top to get a nice tall stack. It might seem like a lot, but the stacks shrink down as they bake.
And as they bake? The kitchen will smell incredible. Buttery, with hints of garlic and thyme in the air. My dad walked into the studio as I was baking these today. He immediately said, “wow, it smells really good in here…what is that…buttery potatoes”?
One of my favorite ways to serve these potatoes is for Sunday night dinner alongside a simple skillet chicken or pasta. But the options for these potatoes are endless, as they can be paired with so many dinners. I’m already excited to make them for Christmas Eve alongside the classic beef tenderloin I make every year. I already know my family loves these so I’ll be tripling the recipe to feed them all!
You can never have too many potatoes, they’re always the first thing to disappear on the table.
Looking for other holiday side dish recipes? Here are my favorites:
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Crispy Cheesy Potatoes Stacks
Calories Per Serving: 404 kcal
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- 4-6 medium Russet or Idaho potatoes, cut into 1/8 inch thick slices
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1-2 cloves garlic, grated
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar or gruyere cheese
- kosher salt and black pepper
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- 1. Preheat the oven 400° F. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin.2. Cut the potatoes using a Mandoline or very sharp knife into 1/8 inch thin slices. 3. In a large bowl, stir together the butter, oregano, thyme, garlic, both cheeses, and a large pinch of both salt and pepper. Add the potatoes and toss well to coat. Layer the potatoes evenly among the prepared muffin tin, stacking the layers all the way to the top. The potatoes will shrink down as they cook.4. Cover with foil and place on a baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking another 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and golden. Run a butter knife around the edges of each stack to release them. Serve immediately, sprinkled with a little sea salt.