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Hasselback Potatoes with Bacon Bits
Hasselback Potatoes with Bacon Bits Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

This delicious Swedish invention is a cross between a baked potato and potato chips. A little soft on the inside and crispy on the edges. Add your fav. toppings!

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, North American, Swedish, World
Servings: 4 Potatoes
Author: Nelson Cardoso
Ingredients
  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (plus 2 tbsp, melted) unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt flakes
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 strips bacon, shopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, diced
Instructions
  1. Place the oven rack on the middle level and preheat the oven to 425 ºF.

  2. Wash and scrub the potatoes.

  3. Carefully cut the potatoes along the short side of the potato in 1/8 of an inch (3 mm) thick slices. Make sure you don't cut all the way down. Leave about 1/8 to 1/4 inches uncut at the bottom for each slice. The slices should stay attached along the bottom and will look like an accordion.

    Hasselback potatoes
  4. Place them in water to remove some of the starch and leave them there until you're ready to use them. The water will keep them from changing colour.

  5. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet and spray both with cooking spray.

  6. Dry the potatoes and place them on the cooling rack.

  7. Using a pastry brush, coat each of the potatoes intirely (including between the slices) with the vegetable oil. Separate the slices carefully to try to keep the potato whole. If it breaks, you can still cook it!

  8. Place the potatoes on the cooling rack (and baking sheet). Place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

  9. In a small pot (do this while the potatoes are baking), heat the 1/4 cup of butter and garlic on medium high

  10. Once the butter starts to bubble, reduce the temperature to medium and continue to cook for about 3 minutes while constantly mixing with a wooden spoon. Set aside. Note: You don't want to burn the butter or garlic. This process will infuse garlic flavour into the melted butter.

  11. After 30 minutes, pull out the potatoes, separate the slices a little with  small knife and pour the garlic infused butter over the potatoes. Place the potatoes back in the oven to continue baking.

  12. After another 30 minutes, check the potatoes for doneness (poke with a fork). They may need to bake another 15 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. Ours took 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

  13. Pull out the cooked potatoes and brush them with the 2 tbsp melted butter.

  14. Sprinkle the salt, black pepper, bacon and chives over the potatoes.

  15. Serve hot with your favourite protein or on it's own. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The cooking time varies based on the size of the potatoes. Cooking time typically ranges from 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Check after one hour. Poke them with a form to test for readiness.

Try to find equal size potatoes to ensure they're all ready at the same time.