I’ll cut to the chase. I LOVE potatoes. You can boil them, fry them, bake them once, bake them twice, stuff them, mash them, and the list continues. You can also make them look extra fancy effortlessly by “hasselbacking” them! These garlic herbed hasselback potatoes with garlic, butter, and thyme are super easy, impressive, and delicious.
Growing up in an Eastern European family, potatoes hit home to me. Potatoes are central to so many dishes I grew up on. They’re LITERALLY the meat and “potatoes” of Eastern European cooking. This is an ode to potatoes, an East meets West sort of a potato ordeal if you will.
That said, I would like to personally thank the Swedish for this genious invention. Once upon a time, a little restaurant called “Hasselbacken” in Stockhold, Sweden invented this dish. Basically, they took an everyday ingredient (potatoes) and made them into little accordions. But they fooled us, because most people think this is extremely difficult to make. You would not believe how easy it is to make and how versatile they are!
How I made my own hasselback potatoes:
First, I smothered them in garlic-infused butter. Don’t skimp out. If you’re trying to cut back on the butter, the potatoes will be too dry. Butter up, buttercup.
Then, I topped it off with fresh thyme from my mom’s garden. I love stepping outside and getting a wide selection of fresh herbs, right in my backyard!
Lastly, I ate them. It’s that easy.
Garlic herbed hasselback potatoes take a trip around the world- here’s a few more global ideas for all of your “hasselbacking” needs:
– Mexican: grapeseed oil and cheddar cheese, top with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream
– American: butter and sharp cheddar cheese, top with buffalo sauce, sour cream, chives, and bacon bits
– Italian: olive oil and mozzarella cheese, top with fresh basil
I’d love to hear all your ideas in the comments below- talk potatoes to me!
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