Parmesan Baked Potato Halves

May 16th, 2013

This is one of my favorite ways to do baked potatoes for a crowd.  I have always done a version of these, but was able to update my procedure from a recipe that appeared on Pinterest.  It came from the blog Family Favorite Recipes.  I had always cut baking potatoes in half, added salt, pepper and spices or herbs, then put a pat of butter  on each cut side and cooked them cut side down on a cookie sheet in the oven.  This recipe had a few additions and tweaks  and that made all of the difference.  Crusty parmesan went a long way to take these potatoes over the top.

These potatoes are baked in a 9×13-inch pan which has been coated with melted butter, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and any herbs or spices that you prefer.  The recipe can be adjusted to the number of people that you are serving.  Since I am a lone diner this week, I made 3 potatoes and plan to make several meals from them.  If you have a crowd you can double the recipe and do two pans.  Serve with sour cream and chives or do like I do and add a splash of vinegar.



  • 6 medium baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • grated Parmesan cheese to taste,
  • garlic powder
  • other seasonings (to personal preference)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter and pour into a 9×13 inch pan and spread evenly across the bottom. Generously sprinkle parmesan cheese and lightly sprinkle other seasonings all over the butter. Place potato halves face down on the butter and seasonings. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve on a plate with a side of sour cream for dipping.

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9 responses to “Parmesan Baked Potato Halves”

  1. Sam Hoffer says:

    I agree. Parmesan cheese takes everything over the top. Great potatoes Penny and true comfort food to me.

  2. Larry says:

    These sound delicious Penny and look even better. I’ve never had them, but that will definitely change soon.

  3. Susan says:

    Penny, what a simple way to take potatoes over the top. Love this recipe. Susan

  4. Penny says:

    What a great way to bake a potato! Since Kent and I only eat 1/2 potato each, this is a wonderful idea! Love your vinager bottle :-). Now, I wish I would have bought it…it looks good in the picture.

  5. Karen says:

    They sure look good and sound good. I could make a meal of potatoes!

  6. Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine says:

    This looks delicious! Love, love potatoes prepared this way.


  7. Barbara Williams says:

    What a clever way to make something delicious for a crowd, Penny. And even better, you can do it easily for two.
    (Only 4 days in Paris? No doubt it’s only a stopover!)

  8. Jane says:

    I saw a variation of this recipe awhile back, too, and we just loved the potatoes. It’s been too long, need to make them again!


  9. Laura says:

    Just made these and they’re delicious! Perfect for a family of 4 and so easy!

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