Herbed Hasselback Potatoes

July 9, 2012  •  Technique, Vegetables

I’ve been watching bloggers write about hasselback potatoes for the past two years. Like many people out there, I was smitten with how cute they looked. I also spent a fair amount of time drooling over the various preparations, most of which were made with butter, and many that were loaded with cheese. I knew I wanted to make these, but it took me a trip to Italy where I tasted some incredible olive oils in the Sabina Hills to figure out how I was going to make my own version of a hasselback potato.I read somewhere that these were created at the Hasselback Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Whoever dreamed it up was quite clever, as the cutting technique (sliced, but not all the way through) exposes all of that potato surface to roast. So you get the texture and flavors like you would in roasted potatoes, but in this pretty presentation. I decided to flavor mine with herbs, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt. Pretty great combination, if I do say so myself, but feel free to change yours up if you like. Just make sure to roast them until the potatoes are fully cooked through, about an hour or so for a large potato.

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Herbed Hasselback Potatoes
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 medium russet potato
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (I used rosemary and thyme)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the potato in slices nearly through, but not all the way through. Place in an oven safe baking dish, and sprinkle with herbs, being sure to get a bit in between each potato slice. Pour the olive oil over the potato (and into the cracks) and then sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 until roasted through, about an hour. Baste with the olive oil several times while the potato is baking.

 

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  1. Janine Fugere says:

    Oh dear God, what could be better than this adorable way to roast a potato?!?!? You know how the potato side dish was always my favorite part of every family meal we ever had growing up. That hasn’t changed! Sometimes it even IS the meal… 😉

  2. Kat says:

    This looks fantastic, will have to try this when the weather is cooler.

  3. Silvestro Silvestori says:

    great pictures. If it were me, I’d use as little oil as possible, such as coating and then shaking dry the potato, roasting and then adding the oil again raw, at the end. That why you get the maximum amount of extra virgin flavour and health benefits.

    Great little article though! You made my mouth water!

    Silvestro
    Lecce

    • Michele says:

      First time you’ve ever commented on my blog S.! You are totally right, of course – just a little oil to help them cook, then the very best extra virgin olive oil from Puglia drizzled on at the end would be even better!

  4. Remedios Rickenbaker says:

    Olive oil is great for any recipe but it is also a good source of phytochemicals and vitamins.

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