Just when you thought there wasn't anything more you could do with a potato, this happened: Mini Inside-Out Hasselback Potatoes. Roasted Potato perfection!
Unlike Swedish Hasselback potatoes which are sliced along the rounded "back" of a whole potato, inside-out hasselback potatoes are first cut in half. Then all the little crisscross slices are made on the 'inside" or cut side of the potato.
With all those grooves for the oil, salt and seasonings to seep in, they roast up crispy, crunchy, crisscrossy, and delicious.
Here's how Mini Inside-Out Hasselback Potatoes came to be. Eddie and I were home in Boston for the December holidays. Our boys were with us. We were all in the kitchen cooking together for a big family dinner party. Eddie and Alex (our oldest) were tasked with slicing three pounds of miniature potatoes in half for roasting.
Never content to do things the conventional way, they got into a creativity contest to see how many ways they could think of to cut a potato. I wish I had a photo of the finished dish, which we named "Crazy Potatoes."
Crazy potatoes were great but within that big platter of creatively cut potatoes, there was one type that rose above the others - inside-out hasselback potatoes. Alex isolated them as being something special.
After the holidays Alex made inside-out hasselback potatoes several times for his friends. Then, convinced of their awesomeness, he texted me some photos and a note: "this is the perfect potato." He said he'd never roast potatoes any other way. By the way, the top two photos are Alex's.
How to make mini inside-out Hasselback Potatoes
The key to this recipe is to cut lots of little slices that go as deep into the potato as possible without going all the way through. Here's an easy way to do this.
- First cut each potato in half.
- Set the halved potatoes, cut side up, on a dishtowel so they don't slide around.
- Brace a potato on either side with chopsticks or something similar - something that will stop your knife from cutting all the way through.
- Make a cut across the middle. Then rotate the potato a quarter turn and make lots of little cuts perpendicular to the first cut. Repeat with each potato half.
- Once you get rolling with this technique, you'll be be surprised how easy it is, and fun!
When you've got all the potatoes sliced, toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Turn them face down on the baking sheet, and pop them in the oven. When you pull the roasting pan out of the oven and flip those little taters right side up, it's a sight to behold.
All the little grooves make way for flavor to seep in, while the surface gets brown and crisp.
The best roasted potatoes!
These mini hasselbacks are just what you want when you make roasted potatoes. They're crisp and golden outside and creamy inside. But you don't need to stop there. You can dress or spice them up in so many different ways.
- A sprinkle of coarse salt, freshly cracked pepper and parsley is simple and delicious.
- Or fancy them up with truffle salt and parmesan cheese.
- Top them with za'atar and you've got delicious Middle Eastern inside-out hasselback potatoes.
- Or give them a Spanish flair and top them with smoked paprika and sea salt.
- The possibilities are limitless.
Other delicious potato recipes from around the globe
- Swedish Hasselbacks Baked with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
- Holiday Hasselbacks with Shallot Chive Butter
- Spicy Rainbow Roasted Potatoes with Za'atar
- Japanese Potato Salad
- Crispy Italian Fried Potatoes and Peppers
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