Hasselback Potatoes are an easy and amazing side dish. Read on to find out how to make these delicious potatoes!
Hasselback Potatoes got their name from the restaurant where they were first introduced in the 1940s, Hasselbacken in Stockholm, Sweden. They were called hasselbackspotatis. Hasselback Potatoes are a delicious, healthy, and very easy to make side dish. They are just whole baking potatoes cut in thin slices to resemble a fan when roasted. After baking, the outside of the potato becomes crisp and crunchy, and the inside stays soft and creamy.
I have wanted to test recipes for Hasselback Potatoes for ages for several reasons. One, because as you know, I love potatoes in any form and two because I think they look much more interesting than a regular baked potato. I tested several recipes and, in the end, the simplest recipe with the least ingredients and least number of steps won hand’s down.
The first recipe I tested used Yukon Gold Potatoes. One problem with this recipe was that not only do you have to peel the potatoes, you also have to boil them before baking them. I have a general rule against peeling potatoes; I don’t like to do it, and I always leave the peel on when making almost all of my potato dishes. I even leave the peel on for mashed potatoes because I like them to be a little rustic. The second step of boiling them first, in my opinion just gives you another pan to wash. Nevertheless, I followed the recipe, and they turned out OK, but not worth all the extra steps. Plus, I took them to a friends house for dinner that evening and while they looked good, they were not that tasty reheated.
So on to bigger and better, or in this case, simpler and easier ways of making Hasselback Potatoes. To get started, gather your ingredients, which are just: baking potatoes, butter, olive oil and salt and pepper.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
To slice your potatoes easily, place two wooden spoon handles on your cutting board. Nestle the potato between them and slice it into very thin slices. The wooden spoon handles will stop your knife from cutting all the way through the potatoes.
Stir the melted butter, and olive oil together in a small bowl and using a spoon drizzle it carefully over each potato. Try to spoon a little of the mixture between the potato slices. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet with a rim to catch any drippings.
Roast the potatoes in the oven for 1 hour. To serve, garnish with chopped chives or parsley. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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