Try my easy Hasselback potatoes recipe for a fun way to serve up baked potatoes that your kids are sure to love. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
What are Hasselback potatoes?
The clue is in the photos - Hasselback potatoes are simply baked potatoes, or jacket potatoes, where thin slices have been cut into the potato prior to baking.
They can be served as they are or with butter, breadcrumbs, herbs or almonds sprinkled on top.
The Hasselback potato was invented in Sweden by a trainee chef, Leif Elisson, at the Hasselbacken restaurant in 1953, hence the name.
Read more about the origins of the Hasselback potato, or Potato à la Hasselbacken, on Wikipedia.
Hasselback potatoes are very quick and easy to make.
You do need to take a little care however not to slice all the way through the potato when making the thin slices. You can place the potato between two wooden spoon handles or chopsticks to stop your knife reaching the chopping board.
Other methods include putting a thin skewer through the potato to stop the knife reaching the board or placing the whole potato inside a large spoon.
Hasselback potatoes are suitable for vegans (depending on what you serve them with) and vegetarians and are naturally gluten free.
What to eat with Hasselback potatoes
You can eat anything that you'd normally eat with a jacket potato such as cheese, slaw, baked beans etc with a Hasselback potato.
We usually have them as a fun side dish that the kids love and simply serve them with butter or dairy free spread and a few herbs sprinkled on top.
Little S, 3, won't eat a normal jacket potato but loves these - who can explain the mind of a three year old eh?
I really like to serve them at playdates as most kids like potatoes and they're a bit more interesting than a standard baked potato.
Many of the dishes that we usually eat - such as potato and mixed vegetable curry - I would be a bit nervous to serve up to a child from another family in case they've never seen a curry before! I usually play safe with playdate foods - do you?
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How to make easy Hasselback potatoes
Easy Hasselback Potatoes
- 8 medium potatoes
- handful flatleaf parsley finely chopped, to serve
- butter or olive oil to serve
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.
- Wash the potatoes. Place on a chopping board and very carefully slice thin slices (about 5mm thick or even thinner if you can) taking care not to go all the way through to the chopping board. Placing two wooden spoon handles or two chop sticks on either side of the potato will help here.
- Put the prepared potatoes on a non-stick or lightly greased baking tray. If you wish you can brush with olive oil to get a crispier skin but this isn't essential.
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with olive oil or butter and some finely chopped parsley.