Hasselback potatoes are truly a joy at the dinner table. Also known as accordion potatoes, they look very impressive and are a great choice when you are celebrating an event, having company, or in the mood for something fancy. The weekends are a great time to prepare these as a treat for the family. These would also be lovely as a side dish for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with your sweetie.
Do not be deterred by the fancy look of these potatoes as they really are quite easy to do. With a pair of chopsticks as your guide, you should not be fearful of accidentally cutting the potatoes in half. The chopsticks placed on each side of the potato would prevent your knife from reaching the cutting board, leaving the potato intact with fan slices all stuck together at the base. I used this method successfully with my Hasselback Sweet Potaoes made a while back. Incidentally, it is the second most popular recipe on this blog.
The ingredients list is very short and you can flavor the potatoes however you want to. You can use your favorite herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, and good old salt, and pepper. I like it with garlic and lemon pepper for a slightly tangy bite.
If you prefer not to peel the potatoes, just scrub them before slicing. They are good either way and I have done both. It’s just a matter of preference.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 8 small Yukon Gold or red potatoes
Combine olive oil, minced garlic, and lemon pepper in a small microwave safe bowl. Place in the microwave and heat oil on high for 1minute. Remove.
Peel potatoes**. Working with one potato at a time, cut a thin sliver lengthwise to keep potato flat on the work surface. Lay chopsticks on either side of potato. Cut potato cross-wise at ? inch to ¼ inch intervals down to the chopsticks.
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place potatoes on a baking tray. Lightly sprinkle some salt over potatoes. Brush each potato with fragrant oil and roast for 35 to 40 minutes depending on size of potatoes.
Remove and serve immediately.
Potatoes may be scrubbed and left unpeeled, if desired.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!