Gorgeous & Delicious Hasselback Potatoes!

For a chubby girl who perpetually struggles to keep her weight under check, I do have a hard time staying away from potatoes. I mean, who doesn’t love them? I cook potatoes in some form or the other, atleast 3 times a week. Hubby too worships them and thus, it is safe to say that this is one vegetable that will never be banned from our household.

I made these gorgeous, crispy hasselback potatoes as an accompaniment to my veggie burger dinner a couple of days ago and the combination proved to be a great hit for a relaxed Saturday night meal. Usually, we would just have the fries. Well, I know… potato – potaaahto! I told you we love them.

Now, I always say this when my dish comprises of roasting potatoes in the oven. Be it potato gratin, roasted rosemary baby potatoes or these hasselbacks, all the recipes with tell you to pop them straight into the oven raw. I personally think that it takes too long for raw potatoes to get fully baked in the oven and it’s wasteful to use the oven heat for two hours, only to bake a couple of spuds. So, what works great for me is- blanching them for a few minutes beforehand. Having said that, if you are even a little unsure of trying this, you can go straight to the traditional way. It’s completely your choice!

So, give this recipe a go and enjoy guys!

Ingredients:

– 2 large potatoes, cleaned and unpeeled

– 3 tbsn of butter

– 2-3 cloves of garlic, grated

– Few sprigs of rosemary

– 1 tbsn olive oil

– Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

– Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C.

– Blanch your potatoes for just 2-3 minutes in salty water and set aside to cool. Skip this step if you are wary of this uncommon method and want to toss your potatoes straight into the oven raw. 

– Once cooled, using a sharp knife, carefully make vertical slices throughout your potatoes, making sure not to go all the way through. If you want, you can keep your potato between the handles of two wooden spoons for this step, which will ensure that the knife doesn’t accidentally go till the bottom of the spud while cutting it.

– Rub each potato with olive oil, salt and pepper and place them on your baking tray lined with greased aluminium foil. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.

– Make your basting sauce. In a sauce-pan, melt your butter. Keep the heat on low and add rosemary and garlic to the butter. Simmer for a minute and switch off the gas. Let the rosemary stay in the sauce to infuse it further with its flavor.

– Take your potatoes out of the oven and with a knife, gently separate the slices a bit from each other.

-Taking an oil brush, baste the potatoes, making sure you get the flavorful butter between each slice. Pop them back in the oven to roast further.

– Roast the potatoes until they are fully cooked and crispy, making sure to baste them with more infused butter every 10 minutes. It took my potatoes 30 more minutes after the initial 20, to get that beautiful crispy, brown exterior.

– Place little bits of cheddar or mozzarella cheese in between the slices and keep them in warm oven till the cheese melts. You can play with all sort of toppings with these delicious potatoes. Enjoy as an accompaniment to your meal or just as a snack!

Notes*-

– You can substitute potatoes with sweet potatoes in this dish, but taste and the cooking time may vary.

– If your slices start falling apart from one point as they cook, you can insert a tooth-pick through all the slices at the bottom of the potato, to keep all the layers together. I did!

DSC_2398

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Siba says:

    Superb 😋 yummy yummy

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Siba says:

        Suno mere dost kabhi kabhi to time nikal k mera itne sare blogs hain
        Padhlia karo plzzzz
        http://www.clicksbysiba.wordpress.com
        My blog link for you to ponder about and don’t forget to give your valuable comments on the blog itself

        Regards
        Sibananda Bhanja
        Asst General Manager
        Punjab National Bank
        Kolkata

        Like

      2. Siba says:

        In spite of all my time constraints I promise I will try to go through your blogs

        Like

  2. wow that look stunning …… yummy

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So tempting….Me too luv potatoes way too much…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Right?😉 Thanx saumya!😊

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Megala says:

    Really Gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. lencilicious says:

    Wow. That looks divine and I’m sure taste real real good. I love potato too even just boiled ones sprinkled with sugar. But this, this is something to try.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanx babe! ❤ I too wanted to try this for the longest time now! Easy and pretty looking too! 😀

      Like

  6. Sandhya says:

    These look so good! I am drooling here 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thnx sandhya😊 they r a nice change from your regular fries as a side!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Siba says:

    When you talk of 🥔 Potatoes I am the one who can’t stop my saliva to flow down..
    It’s yummy 😋

    Liked by 1 person

  8. That looks yum …. hey and listen, I have nominated you for the mystery blogger award and here is the link
    https://neetuskitchen.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/mystery-blogger-award/?preview=true
    Go through the same and congratulations 🙂
    Regards,
    Neetu

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanx a lot Neetu for the appreciation and the nomination!😊 I am grateful and touched!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. My pleasure 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Three cheers for the great potato! I love them any which way but these look unbelievably delicious. Will have to try.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanx a lot Tracey! 🙂 Can’t do without them!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s