Hasselback Potatoes


In the interest of spicing things up for dinner, I saw a video from Tricia Yearwood that peeked my interest for Hasselback Potatoes. As I researched this recipe it seems that everyone has a different way of making them. The important part of making these potatoes slicing them without cutting all the way through them. This makes for a crispier potato. If you research this further these type of potatoes are a Swedish style side dish. This has so many possibility …. I can imagine making like a “piggy potato” loaded with meat and cheese …… ( stay tuned).

 After reviewing a few recipes ( and what I had in hand) this is my version of Hasselback Potatoes. 

Tools Needed

  • Sharp knife
  • 11 x 13 pan
  • Basting Brush
  • Small bowl or sauce pan
  • Small grater or garlic press 
  • Oven at 400 degrees F

Ingredients


  • 1/2-1 stick of Salted Butter
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 5-6 medium size potatoes 
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Lettuce (optional)

Directions 

  1. Wash and scrub the 5-6 Baking potatoes ( I am using what I have,most recipes say Yukon Gold or Red Potatoes)
  2. Slice as many slices as you want into then potatoes but do no cut through all the way.
    3. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and the grate or use the garlic press to add the garlic to it and add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder.


    4. Add salt and pepper to taste into the potatoes and then use a brush to add the garlic butter to the potatoes. Make sure you open slices parts and add the mixture and salt to it.


    5. Bake in the oven 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Take out the oven and cost again with the garlic butter. They start to open up like an accordion. 


    6. Put back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes. Take out add cheese and place for another 10 minutes. 


    7. Add your fixin’s and chow down.


    There are other recipes that have you use a mix of olive oil and butter with a higher cooking temp to make it crispier. I was happy with this because it was like a crunchified baked potato!

    This was a great side dish to add the pork chops hubby made. I added small lettuce and tomato salad and you have a pretty well balanced meal. It did take some time and I started my prep work at 4 am ( so I wasn’t rushing at 6 pm to get it all started) but well worth the time and effort. 

    Enjoy !

    Ericka 

Texas Fries at home

So if you have been to Chili’s you know the name Texas fries. It’s great appetizer that comes in a hot cast iron plate cheesy and spicy ….

I started making this at home a little under  2 years ago when money was tight and then I unfortunately (fortunately) was laid off. Since there was no more splurge funds we had to make due with what had and couldn’t get one of our usual Friday or Saturday night meals. 

Since I started making it…. this is another simple dish that my family asks for football game food or like today to each with a nice steak. 

Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups of mild cheddar cheese

32 once bag of Ore Ida Crinkle Fries

8oz of Ranch Dressing

16 oz of Bacon

2 tablespoons of jalepenos (more/less as desired)

Oil for your fryer or pan (I used a pan)

Salt for the fries (to taste)

  
Tools

Deep Fryer or deep pan for frying 

Plate 

10 inch cast iron pan

Paper towels 

Directions 

In your fryer (I used my pan this time) place fries in batches. Smaller batches will help it cook quick and to stay crisper.

   
 At the same time on a plate with paper towels add the bacon in strips. Use your microwave and cook on high for 6 minutes or until crispy. This will help get rid of a lot of fat while staying super crispy. 

  
Next grab your cast iron pan, the cheese, ranch and jalepenos. And start layering with cheese, crumbled bacon, and ranch at the bottom. Then adding fries and then layering again cheese, bacon and ranch dressing and this time adding jalepenos spread out over it. Keep layering until the fries run out. On the last layer  I add more cheese, bacon , ranch and jalepenos. 

   
   
Place in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

   
 Serve right from the cast iron pan.

Simple, easy and delicious. 

This is a very versitile type recipe. If you don’t eat bacon, use turkey bacon or use chicken breast instead or mix the cheese to pepper jack or Monterey Jack and colby. You can use just about any type potato too … Tater tots, wedges, shoestring. The only thing I would not change is the ranch dressing , I have yet to find a better or comperable replacement.

Enjoy !
Ericka