A hasselback potato is easier to make than it looks. Use my tips and kitchen hacks to help you easily make this impressive, tasty side dish!
What is a hasselback potato?
This name for this tasty side dish comes from the Swedish word Hasselbacken, the Stockholm restaurant where it was first served.
Crispy on the outside and tender soft on the inside, the baked potato slices are similar to thick potato chips, but the slices are still attached to the base.
The seasonings and fillings for hasselback potatoes are completely up to your imagination! They can be as simple as a bit of salt and pepper, or stuff fillings between the slices. Use seasonings, herbs, butter, bacon, cheese, and anything else you want!
Just like making a Perfect Baked Potato, there are just a few basic steps to making a simple yet amazingly delicious potato side dish.
How to make perfect hasselback potatoes
- Clean the potatoes. Be sure to scrub the potato clean with tap water and a vegetable scrub brush to remove any dirt. If there are any sprouts (eyes) on the potato, use a paring knife to remove them. Then, use paper toweling to pat the potatoes dry.
- Grease the skin.. Covering the outside of the potato with fat before baking helps the seasonings to stick, and it also creates crispier potatoes!
I like to use reserved bacon fat, but vegetable oil, or any other type of cooking oil works.Rub the oil or fat over the surface of the potato all, then sprinkle it with kosher salt.
- Create a flat base. Next, slice a portion of the potato off of the bottom, as seen in the photo below. This creates a flat bottom, which makes it easier and safer to cut slices in the hasselback potato.
- Slice the potatoes. I have a few tips to help you create perfect slices without cutting completely through the potato.
I can’t tell you how many times I have cut through and ruined the concept. Slice as many times as you can, making thin cuts along the potato.
Then what I do is get two chop sticks or any thin piece of wood or spoon etc. that will allow you to cut through the potato and stop at the chopstick on either side of the potato. Works like magic!
I can’t tell you how many times I have cut through and ruined the concept. Slice as many times as you can, making thin cuts along the potato, see below.
To Prevent Injury
These tips will help reduce the chance of you injuring yourself with a sharp knife.
The first tip is to use a vegetable holder/slicer. It’s a fantastic, inexpensive kitchen tool that stabilizes the potato to prevent it from slipping. Plus, it gives you a simpler way to cut even slices.
In addition to using a hasselback potato slicer, before you start cutting, slice off a small portion from the base of the potato.
Hasselback potato recipe video
Watch the recipe video in the recipe card below to see how easy it is. Just be careful and take your time – it’s really easy!
- Fan out the slices. To get the potato to fan out, you’ll use the piece of potato that you sliced off earlier. Invert it so it lays flat on the counter, then place the sliced potato upside down on top of it.
This creates an arch and fans the slices out perfectly. Now it’s ready to accept butter, oil, herbs, and fillings of your choice!
Kitchen Hacks and Recipe Tips
How to Prevent Potatoes (and Other Produce) from Turning Brown
Some fruits (like apples and avocados) as well as vegetables (like potatoes) discolor when they’re exposed to air. The scientific name for this is oxidation.
To help slow the process with hasselback potatoes, after slicing them, place the raw potatoes into a bowl of water with a little bit of lemon juice or white vinegar.
For Crispier Hasselback Potatoes
Soaking the sliced potatoes for a few hours in that same vinegar water will also draw out the starch. As a result, your potatoes will bake up crispier!
Just like mashed or twice baked potatoes, this hasselback potato side dish is delicious with grilled ribeye steak and grilled corn on the cob. Not only delicious, but it will also impress your guests.
How to Make a Hasselback Potato
- 2 russet potatoes (medium, about 6" in length)
- 1 tbsp bacon fat or olive oil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp herbs of choice
- 2 tbsp melted butter or olive oil to baste
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Line a baking sheet with either aluminum foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat or use a baking stone (as in video).
- Rub the potatoes all over with bacon fat or olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Slice off a thin portion on one side of the potato and set aside.
- Place the potato on the flat cut side and using chop sticks or wooden spoons, place one on either side of the potato lengthwise. Make 1/8” thick slices, cutting down to the chop stick or wooden spoon. This way you do not cut through the potato, you just achieve the proper slices to fan out.
- Place the potato slice flat side down on the lined baking tray and place the fan sliced potato cut side down on top of the slice. This will make the potato fan out on the arch.
- Mince herbs like thyme and parsley. Add to the melted butter along with any seasoning you prefer.
- Lightly brush the potato and in between slices, get in and around each slice as best you can. Season with kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper or seasoning of choice.
- Bake for 30 minutes, baste with butter and continue baking for another 20 minutes. Potatoes will be crispy and golden brown. Top with any remaining butter, fresh herbs and serve.
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