Hassleback Potatoes

These have been making the rounds on the internet lately, but I’ll post them here just in case you missed them. These are not to be confused with Hasslehoff potatoes, which would contain a large amount of alcohol. Hasslebacks are just baked potatoes kicked up a notch so they look fancy. Just in case you’re trying to impress, or cooking a special occasion dinner. Otherwise, who would bother, right?

Use medium sized baking potatoes for this. First figure out which side of your potato is the flattest, then stick a skewer through it about 1/4 of the way up or less. This acts as a stop for your knife so you don’t slice all the way through the potato. Of course your potato isn’t flat, and the stop doesn’t work all the way out to the ends. You’ll just have to eyeball those and try not to cut all the way through. Then you cut your potato into thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick.

hassleback potatoes slicing

Next take your trusty kitchen shears and snip some bacon into little pieces. Then stick a tiny piece between each of your potato slices. You can use the dull edge of your knife to poke the bacon into the slots. Then brush the tops of your potatoes with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. This is what they look like, ready to go into the oven. Looks promising!

hassleback potatoes oven ready

After 40 minutes, take them out of the oven, brush with more butter, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. I used fresh grated cheese, but you can use cheese in a can. There’s no such thing as too much.

hassleback potatoes cheese

The stick those babies back in the oven for another 20 minutes, and get your mouth ready for some awesome deliciousness. Oh yeah! Time to get the party started!

hasselback potatoes done