Friday, February 1, 2013

Hasselback Potatoes

This is a very fun way to make potatoes. I usually slice them and roast them or make a baked potato. Getting into the mashed department is a bit too much work for a weeknight and it also has all that added butter or sour cream (which I may not have on hand). These potatoes are so easy and all you need is the potato and some oil and salt and pepper. Those things are always around. They are a bit more fun than classic baked potatoes and they are delicious on their own, so you don't need to have anything else on hand to enjoy these potatoes. They are also very versatile. I served them with steak, but they would be great with chicken or pork too. Very simple, but unique and fun. I think kids would love the whimsical shape and have fun with their food in a good way.
Hasselback Potatoes
2 potatoes
1 Tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the potatoes and pat them dry with a towel.
2.  With a sharp knife, slice into the potatoes about 2/3 of the way through width-wise so that you have the potato still held together at the bottom.
3.  Arrange the potatoes on a baking sheet and rub with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
As you can see, I sliced one of the potatoes too far.  It turned out just fine with no harm done, so if you are overzealous in your slicing, all is not lost.

4.  Bake potatoes at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes, until the potatoes are tender inside, crispy outside and fanning open.
Serve with your favorite main dish and enjoy!

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