Adapted from Allrecipes.com
4 baking potatoes
2+ tablespoons butter, melted
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Fresh thyme to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh bread crumbs
Thyme leaves, optional
Preheat the oven to 425º.
Peel potatoes. Place in a bowl of cold water to prevent browning. One at a time, remove potato and place lengthwise on a cutting board. Place a wooden mixing spoon lengthwise along the potato. Using a knife, cut slices across the short side of the potato, about 1/8 inch apart. The wooden spoon will prevent your knife from cutting completely through the potato...potato should remain connected at the bottom. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
Place the potatoes cut side up in a baking dish. Drizzle with butter, opening slices to ensure that the butter gets into the openings. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Remove from oven and drizzle with the remaining butter. Sprinkle with Parmesan, bread crumbs and thyme, again opening slices to get the ingredients deep into the potatoes. Bake an additional 20 minutes or more, till potatoes are nicely browned and tender.