When you think Hasselback Potatoes, imagine Baked Potato meets French Fries, or Roasted Potato. It’s like having your cake and eating it too. Crisp on the outside like a French Fry, fluffy on the inside like a baked potato. Likewise, a Hasselback Potato can be topped with butter, sour cream and chives much the same way. You can even add some cheese and crumbled bacon if you like, or season them with a mixture of garlic and herbs much like you would for roasted potatoes.
Hasselback Potatoes are the Swedish version of baked potatoes. These baked potato fans were popularized as the namesake dish of the restaurant at the Hasselbacken Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. While some food historians date the Hasselback Potato to the 1700s, the evidence seems to indicate that the Hasselback didn’t make its entrance on the culinary scene until the 1950s.
All I know is that we like them – plain or smothered – they are delicious!
Simple Hasselback Potatoes
4 medium size potatoes
freshly ground black pepper
Crisp Crumbled Bacon
Favorite Shredded Cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Wash potatoes and pat dry. Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch “fans”. To slice potatoes without cutting through, place wooden spoons or chopsticks as guides on either side of the potato, and slice. (You can trim the bottom so the potato will sit flat. This helps in the slicing and makes the presentation nice, too. When ready to bake, invert the trimming, cut side down onto the baking dish. Then place the Hasselback potato on top, baking the two together).
Set sliced potatoes on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, in between the slices and over the exterior of the potatoes. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and a little fresh pepper.
Roast for 40 to 50 minutes and then remove from oven. Let cool just slightly before eating.
Plain Hasselback potatoes can be topped with sour cream and butter much like a baked potato.
Variations: Bake potatoes as directed above. Remove from oven, gently fan potatoes open, sprinkle with cheese and/or crisp cooked bacon, return to oven and continue to cook 10 minutes longer.
Hasselback Potatoes can be served alongside anything that you would serve with a baked potato. We especially enjoy these potatoes with a good steak.