They're supposed to look something like this:
photo from martha stewart.com
In my world, they look more like this:
In the scheme of things, I don't really care. Who is this Anna person anyway, standing around all smug because her potatoes all stay together when she takes them out of the pan. I'm pretty sure we'd never be friends anyway.
This particular (yet delicious) kitchen flop is loosely based on a recipe I found in Cooking Light. I seriously doubt it was that light to start with, and I made it even less light by adding bacon and cheese. Basically it's just a layering of thinly sliced potatoes, with salt, pepper, bacon, and cheese in between the layers. It's baked covered at 450 for 20 minutes, then uncovered for 25.
I think to make the whole thing be cohesive you are supposed to do a lot of pressing down on it, maybe even put another heavy skillet on top.
Obviously, I'm no expert.