Crispy on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside, these cheesy Hasselback Potatoes are a fun spin on your classic baked potato!
These Hasselback potatoes are an impressive way to take your baked potatoes to the next level. The thin slices not only have a unique and fancy look, but allow your toppings to seep into the potato. You will have a burst of cheesy, salty, and buttery flavors with every single bite. As the potatoes cook, the oil gives the potatoes a rich, crunchy texture that is complimented by a soft interior.
One of our favorite things about this recipe is how quick the potatoes come together. Simply slice your potatoes, cook them, and top them as desired! Hasselback potatoes will add an elegant feel to any meal and are sure to be a big hit with everyone!
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- The gooey cheese on top goes perfectly with the crispiness of the potato.
- It only uses a few low cost ingredients.
- A fun spin on a traditional side dish.
- Russet Potatoes—Washed but not peeled.
- Butter—You can use either salted or unsalted butter.
- Salt and Pepper—Amplifies the flavors of the other ingredients.
- Cheddar Cheese—Freshly shredded cheese will melt best.
- Sour Cream— Adds a light, tangy flavor to your potatoes.
- Bacon Bits—Either bagged bacon bits or freshly crumbled bacon.
Popular Substitutions and Variations
- Changing up the cheese is a fun and easy way to customize this recipe. You can switch things up by using pepper jack or colby jack in addition to cheddar cheese.
- Another way to customize this recipe is through the spice mix. You can add or change the flavor of these potatoes by using garlic powder, red pepper flakes, or Italian seasoning.
- You can add fresh herbs to these potatoes to give you a fresh taste! Top your potatoes with fresh thyme, rosemary, basil, or oregano before they go into the oven so they can absorb flavor as they cook.
- Try adding some fun sauce to the top of your hasselback potatoes. Some of our favorites include ranch, pesto, gravy, hot sauce, or tzatziki.
How to Make Hasselback Potatoes
1. Preheat your oven. Wash your potatoes and pat them dry. Thinly slice each potato about ¾ of the way so that the potato is still in one piece.
2. Transfer your potatoes to a baking sheet. Set aside. Melt the butter before stirring in the salt and pepper. Use a pastry brush or spoon to coat each potato in the butter mixture.
3. Cook the potatoes until they are crispy on the outside. Take out the potatoes and top them in cheese. Cook the potatoes again until the cheese is bubbly.
4. Top each potato with sour cream and bacon bits as desired. Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
‘Hasselback’ describes a cooking method that is most commonly used with potatoes. For this technique, you slice the potato or other ingredient about ¾ of the way through in thin, even slices and then cook. The thin slices allow you to cook more surface area of the food, resulting in a crispier texture and more evenly cooked potato.
Absolutely! If you want to cook your potatoes in the air fryer, prepare them as explained in the recipe. You will want to preheat your air fryer to 400°F, and cook the potatoes for about 35 minutes or until they are fully cooked and crispy. Check on the potatoes halfway through cooking and add some more butter if necessary! You can top them with cheese and place them back in the airfryer for about 2 or 3 minutes until the cheese is melted and you’re all done!
Evenly coating your potatoes in the butter mixture is key to getting a crispy hasselback potato. I like to brush each potato twice to make sure they are evenly coated. It is also important to wait until your oven is completely preheated before cooking your potatoes.
- If you want a lower fat option for toppings, you can use plain nonfat greek yogurt on top instead of sour cream!
- I recommend leaving the skin on these potatoes so that they can have a nice and crispy exterior. You can carefully cut off any spots or eyes that have formed on the potato!
- If you are in a pinch and do not have a pastry brush, you can use a clean and unused paint brush as a substitute.
- Be sure to carefully brush the butter mixture in between each thin slice so that the inside will be soft and buttery when they are done cooking!
- If you have smaller potatoes you might need to adjust the cooking time so they do not burn. Keep an eye on them as they cook!
How to Serve and Store Hasselback Potatoes
Hasselback potatoes are an impressive side dish that can be served with a variety of dishes. Some of our favorites include steak, grilled chicken, lamb, and pork chops. Hasselback potatoes can also be served as an entree when loaded up with toppings. You can add green onion, olives, cottage cheese, white onion, etc. As far as leftovers, these potatoes are best served fresh. I don’t recommend holding on to your leftovers because you will lose the crispness of the potato and the gooeyness of the cheese.
- 4 large russet potatoes
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup bacon bits
- Preheat your oven to 450 F.
- Wash each potato and pat them fry with paper towels. Use a sharp knife to thinly slice the potato about ¾ of the way through so the potato is still intact.
- Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and set aside.
- In a small bowl, melt the butter. Whisk the butter together with the salt and pepper. Use a pastry brush to coat each potato in butter.
- Cook the potatoes for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, top each potato in cheese. Cook the hasselback potatoes for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.
- Top each potato with sour cream and bacon bits.
- Serve and enjoy!
- These potatoes are best served fresh. I don’t recommend holding on to your leftovers because you will lose the crispness of the potato and the gooeyness of the cheese.
- Changing the cheese is a fun and easy way to customize this recipe. You can switch things up by using pepper Jack or Colby jack in addition to cheddar cheese.
- The spice mix is another easy way to customize this recipe. You can add/ change the flavor of these potatoes by using garlic powder, red pepper flakes, or Italian seasoning.
- You can serve these hasselback potatoes with a hearty protein like grilled chicken, steak, pulled pork, etc.
- Thinly slicing the potato allows the butter to seep through the whole potato, making it nice and crispy.
- Other toppings you can add to these potatoes include green onion, olives, white onion, and cottage cheese.