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18 Fingerling potatoes
PREHEAT the broiler
1. Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Add the fine sea salt and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until fork tender (about 20 minutes). Drain and keep warm.
2. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Arrange 6 halves like the spokes of a wheel on ovenproof plates.
3. Arrange the cheese slices evenly over the hot potatoes. Place the plates in the broiler for approximately 2 minutes until the cheese melts.
4. Sprinkle an equal amount of the gross sel, plus 2 turns of the peppermill, on each plate, then arrange two slices of bacon on top of the cheese and potatoes. Serve, with a salad, gherkins, and pickled onions.