Meet Hasselback potatoes. Thinly sliced almost all the way through before being fanned out and baked, these fancy-looking spuds were first served at Stockholm's Scandic Hasselbacken Hotel in 1953. And yes, they're still on the restaurant menu. Talk about hot potatoes! But as show-stopping as they look, they're actually pretty easy to make.
"I used a Misto can with olive oil and sprayed directly onto the potatoes. Then sprinkled the spices over them." AcaCandy
Although cooking a Hasselback potato is as easy as turning on the oven, the tricky part is making all those accordion cuts without taking your fingers off. After all, potatoes are round, and round things roll. The answer? Place wooden spoons or flat-sided chopsticks on your cutting board and wedge the potato between them. Not only will that keep your potato from rolling away, your knife won't accidentally cut all the way through the potato. Small potatoes can be cradled in a large spoon for super-easy slicing.
Once you've sliced your tater, you could simply brush it with butter and sprinkle it with seasonings before baking. Classic. But what about layering slivers of butter and cheese between those slices the way Tasty Kitchen did?
You can serve it just like that, or load it with savory bits like crispy bacon, and all manner of toppings. The world, my friend, is your Hasselback.
What Else Can You Hasselback?
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Sweet potatoes get in on the Hasselback action, too. Imagine this on your Thanksgiving table instead of the same old casserole.
What's up, Doc? These insanely tempting carrots, that's what.
Hasselback a salad? Why not! Try this money-saving way to make a little mozzarella go a long way by tucking it between slices of tomato. So clever.
Add some bacon to that tomato and you've got possibly the most adorable BLT. Ever.
Now this is just brilliant. If you can Hasselback a potato, you can apply the same principle to a chicken breast.
I'm thinking party appetizer. Amirite?
Oh, tofu. You never looked so tempting.
What else? Well, any kind of bread's just a Hasselback waiting to happen.
Well, butter my biscuits, that looks amazing. How about some soup to go with that?
It might not say "Hasselback" in the title, but the slice-and-stuff vibe is there all the same.
And yes, you can even Hasselback dessert.
If you're going to Hasselback everything in sight — and why not — you'll want to know how to keep your knives sharp.