Hasselback potatoes

Dress up the humble spud for a decorative, delicious dish.

This time of year, with family and friends gathering, we use our tried and true recipes to make everyone’s favorites, but it is fun to surprise them. This year one of my daughters has introduced me to a new take on potatoes – Hasselback Potatoes. On the plate, they look like warm, thick potatoes chips standing up and connected at the base. They are golden, crispy on top and creamy and loaded with flavor in the middle – a cross between baked and roasted potatoes. They are a good vehicle for all kinds of toppings from olive oil and butter to cheese, bacon, sour cream, chives and herbs. They are easy to serve. Why Hasselback? They are named for the Stockholm restaurant where they were first served.

The basic recipe for Hasselback potatoes is easy. The fun and personality come with the variations you choose. Here are some recipes from the experts.

Paula Deen’s Hasselback Potatoes with herbs
Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes with Gruyere, heavy cream, fresh thyme, garlic and Parmesan.

Author Notes: We took an ordinary Hasselback potato from good to outstanding by adding infused heavy cream and a little cheese. The Hasselback will never be the same.

Martha Stewart’s Hasselback Potatoes with butter and sage.

COOK’S NOTES:

To prep ahead, bake through the first 40 minutes of cooking. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate, up to 2 days. Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before cooking for the last 20 minutes.

The Pioneer Woman’s Crispy Hasselback Potatoes with Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce
Bacon Cheddar Hasselback Potatoes from the Slow Roasted Italian
Garlic Hasselback Potatoes with Herbed Sour Cream from Genius Kitchen
Gorgonzola Hasselback Potatoes with Brown Butter and Pomegranate Reduction from Food52
Chimichurri Hasselback Potatoes with fresh lime from Food52

Author Notes: The beloved hasselback potato is covered in a garlicky chimichurri sauce and makes a healthy, easy side dish or as a vegetarian main dish.

Cheesy Hasselback Potato Gratin from Emily Weinsten.

 

Amazon offers a Hasselback Potato slicing rack and cutting board. $11.97

To avoid cutting all the way through the potato, you can put two wooden spoons or two chop sticks along each side of the potato, so the knife hits them before it severs the base of each slice.

Like a good shortcut? Try these pre-made Hasselback Potatoes from MacKenzie Limited. Remove from package and bake at 375 for 25 minutes from frozen, 15 minutes from thawed. Eight potatoes serve 4-8 people. $34.95.

 

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