Hasselback Potatoes
Soft and tender on the inside, charred and crisp on the outside. Tiring and messy, but Oh! so worth it.
Servings Prep Time
6people 45 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 45 min
Servings Prep Time
6people 45 min
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 45 min
Equipment and other requirements
  • ovenpreheated at 175 Deg C
  • bake dishLarge enough to accommodate the potatoes side by side.
  • aluminium foilsized to cover the bake dish completely.
Prepping the potatoes.
  1. If the potatoes are medium sized, slice them into half horizontally. If they are small start the prepping right away.
  2. Wash potatoes in running water. Start slicing from one end. Slice all the way in, but not enough to slice so deep that it separates from the potatoe.
  3. Take each potato in the hand and fan out the slices a bit. Be careful to not break them. Having said that, if a few pieces do come out of the potato they can be also added to the main dish.
Olive Oil Mix
  1. Mix the salt, pepper, garlic, chilli flakes, and parsley into the olive oil. Taste for salt. Optionally you can also add 1/3 rd of the parmesan into this mixture. I do it sometimes. Other times I add it directly in the later step.
Final Dish
  1. Now take each potato and scoop them into the dish with the oil. Try and scoop up as much of the garlic and parsley as you can. Manually fan the slices and fill them with a some of the olive oil mixture. Push in a few pieces of garlic here and there into some slices.
  2. When all the potatoes are scooped and filled with the olive oil mixture, set them side by side on the baked dish. Pour all the left over oil on the potatoes in the dish. Pick up the rosemary sprigs and place them on the potatoes. More than one potato can share a sprig of rosemary. If need be cut the sprigs into half or three pieces, but do not chop fine.
  3. This step should take approximately 1 hour. Each oven has its own tantrums. Please keep a watch on the potatoes. After approximately 45 min to an hour, lift the foil and check the potatoes with a fork. The prongs should sink in easily.
  4. Lift the foil. Crank up the oven to 250Deg C.
  5. Take the dish out and sprinkle all (or the left over) parmesan cheese over the potatoes. Set it back in the oven.
  6. When the potatoes start curling and wrinkling, and look a bit charred at the edges, you can take them out of the oven. At this point if you desire crisper potatoes, bake them for a little longer, but do keep an eye on them. They can go from mildly charred to burnt in a matter of minutes.
  7. Scoop out all the potatoes in a serving dish. Drip all the oil from the bake dish over the potatoes. Replace the fallen (and now toasted) rosemary leaves on the potato.
  8. Serve hot.

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