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Chef John's Potato Roses

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"Baked rose-shaped potato gratins would be great for entertaining, since you can make them ahead, and keep them warm in the pan, or cool and reheat in the oven when you are ready to serve. The technique is straightforward, but make sure you season the potatoes generously."
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1 h servings 157
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 potato roses)


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Generously grease a 12-cup muffin tin with melted butter, reserving the rest for the potatoes.
  2. Slice potatoes to about 1/16 to 1/8 inch thickness using a mandoline or vegetable slicer. Discard end pieces that are mostly skin. Place slices in a bowl and add rosemary, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Drizzle in the remaining melted butter. Toss with your hands to evenly distribute, about 2 to 3 minutes, trying to separate all the potato slices. Grate about a quarter of the cheese over the potatoes. Toss. Add more cheese; toss again. Continue until all cheese is incorporated.
  3. Stack potato slices in uneven layers (to resemble flower petals) in prepared muffin tin, ending with some of the smaller pieces.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are tender, 45 to 60 minutes, testing with a metal skewer for doneness. Potatoes should be very soft. If potatoes look too brown but aren't yet cooked through, cover pan with foil for the final minutes of baking.
  5. Loosen edges of potato roses with a fork and lift out of pan to serving dish.


  • Cook's Note:
  • In place of the 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, you can use 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 157 calories; 6.7 20.7 4.3 18 440 Full nutrition

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They turned out great. Ended up cooking them for about an hour and just as Chef John did covered them with foil for the last 15 mins. Served it with Chef John's version of beef tenderloin in ca...

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4 star on taste however, it basically ruined my muffin pan and i broke a rubber spatula trying to extract them.

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They turned out great. Ended up cooking them for about an hour and just as Chef John did covered them with foil for the last 15 mins. Served it with Chef John's version of beef tenderloin in ca...

Presentable and very tasty. My Easter dinner guests were very impressed. Mandolin came in handy. I used disposable muffin tins for easy clean-up. Will definitely make these again. Thank you CJ.

They turned out so cute and fun to make. I found if I stack the potatoes up above the edge of the cupcake cups, they turn out better with more of a flower effect. They are yummy as well as lovel...

Very nice presentation. I had to exclude the cheese as I needed a non-dairy side dish. It still was quite tasty. Next time I will arrange the potato slices on more of an angle in the muffin t...

Sooo good! The texture is perfect, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They are also beautiful and impressive. Cooking for 2 so we had leftovers which I froze and then put back in th...

I have made this twice and the second time was better. It does take a bit of practice getting them to look even a little like roses. I actually put the potatoes on edge instead of stacking them,...

I seasoned the potatoes with white pepper, and a lemon herb mix. Cooked for one hour. Didn't need to cover it with foil, as the potatoes were actually cooked inside before the "petals" acquired ...

I LOVED THESE, all twelve members of my family did I've made them more than once and they absolutely LOVED them

so delicious, everyone in the house loved them