I am a huge fan of potatoes, whether they are baked, roasted, fried or boiled. Ok, maybe boiled potatoes are not my first choice but still, I could eat potatoes every single day. If you love those crispy, garlicky, golden potatoes, and you don’t want them to be fried, I have the perfect recipe for you.
There are many different recipes when it comes to potatoes, but the one I will tell you about today is very delicious and easy to make. The stars of the show are hasselback potatoes.
I am sure you have already tried hasselback potatoes or at least you have heard about them. Word is that they got their name by a Swedish restaurant called Hasselbacken in Stockholm that introduced them first. Ever since, they have become one of the most commonly used side dishes all around the world.
Health Benefits of Hasselback Potatoes
Considered the best side dish, potatoes also have many other benefits. They have a lot of health benefits and are a great source of vitamins and minerals, especially the skin, so make sure you don’t peel it when possible.
Some of the health benefits are that potatoes can boost your immune system, improve the blood sugar level and reduce the risk of heart disease. However, the nutritional content can vary depending on the time of preparation. The best way to keep them healthy is not to fry them, for starters.
Potatoes are extremely versatile. You can make them baked, boiled, fried or steamed. They are also incredibly filling which means you will eat less for your next meal. In addition, they are good for losing weight on the long run.
Even though hasselback potatoes look like a lot of work, they are actually quite simple. You can easily make them satisfyingly fluffy and crunchy. Here is how.
How to Prepare Hasselback Potatoes
First step is to choose the best type of potatoes for the recipe. Russet potatoes are widely used because of their soft inside which makes them perfect for mashed potatoes or crispy baked ones. However, my advice is to buy small potatoes (something similar to Jersey Royal) because you can leave the skin on and, trust me, it will taste completely differently.
Next comes the cutting part. It can be a bit tricky to cut ¾ of the potatoes without going all the way through. If you don’t have the special hasselback potato slicer, don’t worry – there are many kitchen tools you can use to do this. Place the potato between two chopsticks or two wooden spoons so you don’t cut more than necessary. The more slices you make, the better. Think about all the cuts filled with butter and cheesiness. Yummy!
Depending on the type of potatoes you choose, the cooking time will be different. If you choose bigger potatoes, it is best to pre-cook them. For example, you can boil them for 10 minutes or you can put them in the microwave. Some people wrap them in foil but I strongly suggest you don’t do that if you want that crispy outside.
When you are ready to bake the potatoes, find the perfect pan to hold them in single layer. Make sure the oven is hot, somewhere around 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Check them frequently until you get the desired final result.
Hasselback potatoes can be made with plenty of different ingredients. You can go for a veggie version, use bacon or other type of salami.
- Butter: This is one of the ingredients which is a must for this recipe. You can put chunks of butter after you cut the potatoes, or you can melt the butter beforehand. If you decide to go with melting the butter, simply pour it on the potatoes before putting them in the oven.
- Oil: Most commonly used is olive oil, but you can go for any other type of oil. Also, duck fat or goose fat can give you a unique taste.
- Toppings and spices: There are many different combinations you can use to spice up your hasselback potatoes. You can use smoked paprika or chilly if you want to get the color and the heat at the same time. If you decide to go with a plain version like salt&pepper, add Greek yogurt or grated cheese at the end. If you feel like something fresh, chop some chives and top the potatoes after baking. You can also add garlic or thyme. It’s up to you. For extra crunch, you can finish the potatoes with breadcrumbs.
As one of the most famous recipes in the Nordic cuisine, hasselback potatoes have definitely found their way across the world. They are perfect for weekend dinners or busy weeknights and can be used as an accompaniment to steak, fish, or roast chicken. I promise this will be one of your favorite recipes ever! Dig in!
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