Prep time: about 15 minutes
Cook time: about 20 minutes
Serves: about 20 slices
Nonstick cooking spray or olive oil to grease cookie sheets
4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed clean
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme, oregano, or basil, or 2 tablespoons fresh, finely chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mild salsa
1/4 cup grated cheese, crumbled bacon, or crumbled sausage
1/2 cup red salmon caviar
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
1 lemon, sliced paper-thin and cut into quarters
Brush the potato slices with oil, sprinkle with seasonings, and spoon toppings on cooked slices.
2. Using a pastry brush or the back of a spoon, lightly coat potato slices with half the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with half the herbs. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes. Flip the potatoes over and brush with remaining oil, salt, pepper, and the rest of the herbs. Bake another 5 to 8 minutes, or until tender and golden on both sides. Remove from the oven, lightly blot with a paper towel to remove excess oil, and transfer to a serving plate.
3. For kids: Top each slice with sour cream and salsa, or grated cheese, or crumbled bacon or sausage. For adults: Use sour cream and red caviar, plus chives and a lemon slice to garnish.
Pre-party prep: Have toppings ready in bowls; cover with foil
and refrigerate until ready to serve. Bring disposable cookie sheets, and slice and prepare the potatoes once you get to the party. PER SLICE: With a scant tablespoon each of sour cream and red salmon caviar: 120 calories, 6 g fat (2.2 g saturated), 181 mg sodium, 47 mg cholesterol.
With a scant tablespoon each of sour cream and salsa: 98 calories, 4 g fat (1.8 saturated), 59 mg sodium (before salt), 5 mg cholesterol.