This recipe I have presented on this page is probably one of my top-3 ways of preparing potatoes. The recipe is an old and very traditional Swedish way of cooking potatoes. The name for this great side dish is in Swedish called Hasselbackspotatis. The literal translation is Hazelslope Potatoes. In Danish they are called Hasselback Kartofler or sometimes just Hasselbagte Kartofler.
I have been told that these potatoes originates back to a restaurant in Stockholm called Hasselbacken which opened back in 1853. Hasselbacken was a well known and upscale restaurant in Djurgården area. The actual date when the potatoes were served the first time is a bit unknown to me. I have not been able to confirm this story.
These potatoes are super simple to make. In general is all about making many deep cuts into some medium to large potatoes, brushing them with an herb and butter mixture and then baking them for some time. The cooking time is of course depended on the size of the potatoes.
The delicious thing about these Hasselback Potatoes is that all the deep cuts in the potatoes creates a nice and crisp crust on the outside and at the same time keeps the potatoes nice and soft on the inside. The butter and herb mixture gives the potatoes a fresh and special taste. I simply love these potatoes. I normally serve these potatoes together with some meat and a nice salad. They go especially great together with this a pork tenderloin or a Danish Roasted Pork.
I can easily remember having had these potatoes since I was a little kid and I remember that I loved them. I especially remember that I loved to help making these potatoes. It is somehow fun to make all the deep cuts in the potatoes. This is a simple and traditional Swedish recipe and I will absolutely recommend you to try them.
Swedish Hasselback Potatoes
- 1 kg potatoes (2 lb)
- 50 g butter (2 oz )
- 2 tbsp rosemary , fresh or dried
- 2 tbsp thyme , fresh or dried
- 2 clove garlic , finely chopped
- In a sauce pan; melt the butter at low heat.
- When the butter is melted; chop the herbs and garlic and add it to the butter. Let it cook/sit for about 5-10 minutes on very little heat.
- Clean and peel the potatoes.
- At the bottom side of the potatoes make a small horizontal cut. This will make sure the potatoes sits stable on the oven plate.
- On the opposite side; make deep cuts side-by-side into the potatoes. The cuts should be about 2/3 into the potatoes and about 2 mm apart.
- On a parchment paper covered oven plate; place the potatoes side-by-side with the grooves upwards.
- Brush the potatoes with the butter and herb mixture.
- Bake the potatoes for about 60 minutes at 200 C (400 F). The cooking time is depended on the size of the potatoes. The potatoes are done when you can easily stick a fork into them. During the cooking brush the potatoes 2-3 times extra with the herb mixture.