Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hasselback Potatoes

I am sure you would all agree that a dish that looks gorgeous like this needs to be instantly  tried and tasted ! 

The only hitch is that i develop the craziest urge to try them at all odd times - like this yummy potatoes were looking at me very invitingly from my bookmarked recipes folder at 7 in the night ! The dinner was already planned and nobody was in any mood for a snack-but Potatoes are Potatoes and they have the loveliest (?) quality of lulling all and sundry to their charm and i adamantly stick to my urge. So cutting the long story short this beauty made an entry in my kitchen at around 8:30 in the night.  

I added my little twist to the original recipe by sprinkling on a few  dried herbs and topping it with cheese gratings; of course this can be jazzed up a whole lot of other ways which i plan to do in a few days

Recipe Courtesy : The Purple Foodie

(Preparation time - 10 minutes, Cooking/Baking time  - 1 hr)

  • Large potatoes - 2 to 3
  • Butter - 3 or 4 tiny cubes
  • Olive oil - 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Garlic - 5 to 6 (thinly sliced)
  • Salt - to tatse
Sprinkle with:- (as required)  (My twist to the beauties)
  • Oregano
  • Chives 
  • Rosemary
  • Grated Cheese
  • Lemon Pepper
The ingredients a look---


Preheat the oven to 225C/440F.
Scrub the potatoes clean with the skin intact ! Th crispy crunchy golden brown skin at the end of baking is too good !!

(Now the original recipe called for boiling the potatoes for 10 min before cooking in the oven-- i skipped that and instead baked the whole thing for an hour )

Slice a thin layer off the base of the potato so that it sits well and doesn't roll across while slicing through.

Cut across the potatoes at regular intervals as shown in the picture, making sure that you don’t cut all the way through.

Grease a baking tray and lay the potatoes on a baking sheet. 
Place the sliced garlic in between the layers of potatoes, and push the cubes of butter in at equal intervals.

Give it a good sprinkle of all the choice herbs as well as the grated cheese.  I used salted butter so i did not sprinkle salt . Drizzle the olive oil over it and put it in the oven for 40 minutes, or 60 minutes (if you haven’t parboiled them).

While the potatoes are in the oven, baste the top of the potatoes with the olive oil from the pan to make the outside extra crispy. So after every 15 minutes i bathed the potato in its own juices --

(Basting is a cooking technique that involves cooking the ingredient (usually meat) in its own juices. The purpose of basting is to keet it  moist during oven cooking and also to give it enhanced flavours.)

Remove from oven and enjoy it with sauce of your choice !!

Linking this to Aipi's Bookmarked Recipes :Tuesday event announcement by Priya


  1. OMG!! that potato is absolutely morish!! now i want to be a ouch potato and eat that cheesy potato :)

  2. Priya, great minds think alike! look at my recipe that I posted yesterday - let's trade our taters :))

  3. This looks great recipe,,,I never thought of this kind of potato,,,,thanks for sharing this,,I will try for sure..

  4. Hey Priya,

    Love the snack...Yumm yumm...:)



  5. looks so yum.. i want to grab the plate.. :)
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)

    US Masala

  6. wow this looks wonderful and so delicious!

  7. Hi Priya

    You have made a fabulous creation just using potato as the major component. Fabulous! Marvelous!

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. This variation of baked potato looks too good and yuM!!!

  9. Really tempting, I too want to try this for a long time.

  10. Super tempting and flavorful baked potato.Love the fillings you have used.

  11. Omg, wat a tempting potatoes, simply delicious..

  12. Too funny... I get like that sometimes too, but usually too lazy to cook it right away!

    Potatoes, garlic, and butter... cant go wrong there!

  13. Wow this looks too good .Even I feel like having it right now.

  14. Feel like.peep thru the window and grabbing it......delicious baked potato....keep rocking...

  15. Looks fabulous..beautiful combination of flavors..yum yum.

  16. You did me a favor. I have always veered away from making these because of the cutting. I figured, I would mess it up but seeing how you did it, I know, this is not such a big deal. It looks beautiful and delicious.

  17. Potatoes are the most comforting food !! i love them all the time :P

  18. That looks gorgeous..So very inviting Priya!


  19. I know nobody could say no to the yummy potatoes... want to have one immediately :)

  20. Now I know why you couldn't stop making them even after dinner was ready ... they look juz delicious

  21. Looks so delicious and yummy. Lovely dish.

  22. Interesting recipe priya! Nice snack!

  23. Hi Priya-These potatoes look so colorful, flavorful, and so comforting. Yumm! Love the recipe, and the photos.
    Thank you for sharing!

  24. That sounds like a nice flavor combination. Looks so delicious.Thanks for sharing!

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