Hasselback Potatoes – Full of Cheese & Garlic!

Tender inside, crisp outside, and lightly infused with garlic butter, these cheesy Hasselback Potatoes are the perfect side dish.

Below we share our favorite tips (and a shortcut) to make these easy every time!

Hasselback Potatoes in a casserole dish with one plated potatoe sliced

A Favorite Side

As much as we love a baked potato or a roasted potato, we also love the pretty presentation of this recipe and of course the flavor!

The word Hasselback comes from a Swedish restaurant called Hasselbacken where they were first created in 1953. Potatoes are sliced partway through brushed with butter (and lots of flavor in our case) and baked. The thin slices open up during baking while the edges crisp up beautifully!

ingredients to make Hasselback Potatoes

Ingredients

POTATOES Honestly, any kind of potato will work in this recipe from russets to red, to yellow. I find that a nice starchy potato is best for Hasselback Potatoes as they hold their shape and crisp but beautifully.

FLAVORING Olive oil, butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese are all you need for this perfect recipe.

Variations

    • Swap the spices: Any kind of savory spice blend will work! Try Montreal seasoning, Greek, or even ranch seasoning.
    • Use Bacon Grease: Melted bacon grease is a great substitute for the butter/olive oil blend, too!
    • Instead of the usual sweet potato casserole, make them into Hasselback potatoes with butter and warm spices!
    • For appetizers, use new potatoes (or baby potatoes) in a variety of colors.

process of spreading butter mixture on potatoes to make Hasselback Potatoes

How to Make Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes look elegant and impressive but are super easy to make, just follow a few simple steps!

  1. Clean potatoes and microwave (according to recipe below).
  2. Cool, then slice from one end to the other in ¼” slices, being careful not to slice all the way through.
  3. Brush butter mixture over each potato and between the slices.
  4. Bake, brush again with the butter mixture, and then bake again until the potatoes are tender.

Hasselback Potatoes in a casserole dish

Tips for Perfect Hasselback Potatoes

  • Shortcut tip: Microwaving the potatoes before slicing and baking makes the interior of the potatoes fluffy and easier to slice and also decreases baking time.
  • Slicing: When slicing, set the potato between the length of two wooden spoons or chopsticks to create a stopping point when slicing the width of the potato. This also helps keeps the base of the potato together.
  • To Crisp Even More: For an extra crispy top, brush butter mixture on top of potatoes, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and place under the broiler about 4 minutes or until the Parmesan cheese is golden brown. Sprinkle with chives and serve with sour cream or bacon bits.

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Easy Hasselback Potatoes

These Hasselback Potatoes are smothered in garlic butter & Parmesan, then baked to perfection!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 317
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 6 medium yellow potatoes cleaned and dry
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese finely grated, plus more for topping if desired
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste *see notes
  • 1 tablespoon chives chopped, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease a medium-sized casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Place potatoes on a large plate. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes.
  • After microwaving, allow the potatoes to cool for a few minutes before using a large sharp knife to cut fine slits ¾ of the way through the potatoes about ⅛ inch apart.
  • Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and olive oil. Add parmesan cheese, garlic paste, half of the chives, salt, and pepper.
  • Brush the butter mixture over the potatoes, gently parting the slices to make sure butter gets down in between. Reserve extra butter mixture.
  • Bake the potatoes for 10 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven and brush with the rest of the butter mixture and bake for an additional 12 to 15 minutes or until they are crispy on the outside and tender inside.
  • Remove from the oven and brush the potatoes with the melted butter in the bottom of the dish. Top with remaining chives and Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

You can purchase garlic paste or make homemade garlic paste. To make garlic paste, combine 2-3 cloves chopped garlic with a pinch of coarse salt. Mash with a fork to make a smooth paste.

Microwaving the potatoes before roasting ensures that the insides of the potatoes will get nice and tender and makes them A LOT easier to slice before baking. Plus it cuts the overall bake time in half!

It is VERY important that the olive oil and butter are mixed together first. The olive oil cools the butter and ensures that the parmesan cheese doesn’t melt in the mixture and turn into a glob.

A blend of butter and oil is used to impart flavor but also because butter can burn at really high temperatures and the oil prevents it from doing so in this recipe.
Add your favorite toppings like sour cream or bacon if desired.

If you prefer potatoes with SUPER crispy skin, then you can use russets in this recipe, but I prefer the overall texture and flavor of yellow potatoes.

This recipe can be doubled for a large crowd, but an additional 5 minutes or so may need to be added to the initial bake time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 317 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
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