The biggest question about melting potatoes is where have they been our entire lives. They’re both crispy and creamy, and their intense flavor puts most other potato dishes to shame.

Melting potatoes start off like every basic roasted potato recipe. But the game is changed when the potatoes are covered in savory, flavorful cooking liquid that they soak up like a sponge. That allows the interior to become pillowy and moist like a whipped potato, but with the golden brown, crackly exterior commonly associated with roasting or frying.

This recipe uses garlicky chicken stock and lemon juice to impart a bright, herbaceous Mediterranean flavor. However, feel free to experiment. Different stocks, juices and wines create unique and spectacular melting potatoes.

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