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Potato Hasselbacks are the Swedish Invention, discovered by the chefs at Restaurant Hasselbacken in Sweden.
It is a fancier but not complicated, version of a single potato, sliced into very thin wedges but left joined at the bottom, baked until the layers fan out crisp and golden.
Lately, there has been a huge buzz about these beauties and seems like everybody is trying their hands at it. Inspired by the buzz, I painted my hands too with the hasselbacks :). It took time to bake but wasn’t complicated at all!
These Hasselbacks are being taken to Angie’s Fiesta Fridayto share some laughs and bonding. Nothing better than to bond over some potato crisps and when they dress fancy, they work like the charm of an old wine ;). Is it just me who thinks like that? Well! Ah well!
I seasoned my hasselbacks with some Indian curry spice “garam masala” but the beauty of this recipe is that you can season them with the spice rub of your choice. Make them Italian. Dress them Mexican. Call them Cajun Hasselbacks or just let your imagination go wild. My next list for seasoning these is Buffalo Hasselbacks! Can you imagine that flavor of hot buffalo sauce over the crisp Hasselbacks? Awesome, right?
Kitchen Equipments Required : Oven, Foil, Baking Tray, knife
Potatoes : 3 medium. I prefer to use Yukon Golden or New Potato. Russet, Red and other varieties can be used too.
Butter : 3-4 tbsp, melted or at room temperature
Salt to taste
Garam Masala : 1/4 tsp. You may use Italian seasoning or any other of your choice.
Chives : to sprinkle. I used dried chives. This is optional but good for eye appeal.
1. Preheat the oven at 425*F. Adjust the baking rack towards the middle shelf.
2. Wash and Dry the potatoes. Now comes the cutting, which is not tricky but requires caution.
Cutting : Place the potato on a flat surface. Take the knife and carefully cut the potato into very thin wedges, say 1/8th of an inch or finer. Make sure that the knife does not cut through the whole potato. The bottom needs to be intact. Repeat the process carefully with other 2 potatoes.
3. In a bowl, mix melted butter, salt and spice mix. Apply half of the butter mix on the potatoes, covering all the sides including bottom.
4. Wrap the potatoes in foil, loosely. Set these potatoes to bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
5. Take them out of the oven after 45 minutes. Keep the oven on. Now carefully unwrap each potato. They will look partially cooked. With knife or fork or pastry brush, nudge the wedges of each potato apart but with gentle hand, fanning them out! Don’t apply pressure at all. The potato will fan out beautifully.
6. Now apply rest of the butter mixture to the potatoes gently with a pastry brush. Put them back in the oven and bake for another 45-50 minutes till you see the edges turning gold and crisp.
7. Take them out. Sprinkle with dried chives and serve :).
Tip : For more depth to the taste, squeeze a bit of lemon before serving.
Note : The time given above is approximate. It depends upon the type of potato and size of potato being used. I would suggest to keep an eye for 30-45 minutes intervals.
I’m with Lori, I can’t wait to try these with sweet potatoes. Great to see a “real person” who tried these and loved them! Thanks for sharing!
The hasslebacks can be done with sweet potatoes and yams. :).
Yes, yes buffalo sauce would be awesome over these beauties. But, garam masala is hitting all the right notes too, I can’t wait to get some potatoes next weekend and make these potatoes. They are so party-ready too, loved having them at the Fiesta this week, thanks Sonal! 🙂
You are so awesome Saucy :)).
Oh Sonal! These look so delicious. I haven’t tried hasselbacks, but have been wanting to. You just gave me that nudge to try them sooner! Wonderful recipe…gorgeous photos!! 🙂
Thanks my dear! Do try them. They are stupendously simple and fun :).
Hi Sonal, these look delicious. I have been wanting to make potato hasselbacks for a few weeks since I’ve been seeing them on many people’s blogs. I am a huge potato fan and love to try them cooked in different ways. The garam masala seasoning on these are an intriguing idea!
YUM, Sonal! Big yum! Love potatoes, and garam masala should make these even yummy-er! Ay, I can’t think of a better word. I I’m 10 yrs old without my morning coffee. Hubby went out to get donuts & coffee and is not back yet.
I hear ya Angie 😉
Who could imagine that the humble potato can look so classy!
Nicely prepared Sonal. You make me want to go in the kitchen right now and prepare these. Did you use the chopstick trick to slice them? I think I will make these tonight actually… thank you! Inspired.
I was so tempted to use the spoon trick but my patience gave up;). I am pretty impulsive you see :). Let me know your review when you try them.
🙂 I love that you are impulsive…