Friday, August 26, 2011
Hasselback Potatoes with Chive Sour Cream
I wanted something new to do with potatoes--I love mashed, fried, boiled, roasted, baked, grilled, and shredded potatoes as much as the next person, but some days you just want something a little different.
Cutting is really the most difficult part of this. You need to get a "feel" of how far is too far to cut. I cut until I start feeling resistance from the potato--then I stop. If you go any farther, you'll likely cut through the whole potato.
If you do accidentally cut all the way through, just smush the two cut ends back together and pretend it never happened.
Smallish potatoes, huge garlic clove. These cloves are seriously getting ridiculous.
Hm. Time for a manicure. Or something.
You want to get the garlic in as far as you can, but don't manhandle the potato, or you may end up snapping that little bit of uncut potato that's holding everything together.
It basically smelled...like Bac-os and salt. If you've got fake-o Bac-o, I don't see the harm in adding some.
Yes. I eat fake bacon. Sometimes.
Stir the sour cream mixture together, and slap a big dollop onto your potato of choice.
These potatoes are great. They're like baked potatoes, only crisper. They're like sliced fried potatoes, but creamier. The cutting was a bit of trouble, but apart from that, they're easy and require very little attention. Your kids will love them because they won't need any help cutting their own dinner. And your guests will be impressed with the effort!
Recipe: Hasselback Potatoes
garlic cloves, sliced very thinly
salt and pepper
Make cuts every 1/4-inch down each potato, being careful not to cut all the way through.
Tuck garlic slices in every third cut in the potatoes.
Drizzle potatoes with olive oil. Salt and pepper, to taste. Top each potato with a pat of butter. Bake at 425 for 35-45 minutes, until done. Top with Chive Sour Cream (recipe below.)
Recipe: Chive Sour Cream
1/2 c. sour cream
1 tbsp. fresh chives
salt and pepper (bacon salt if you've got it!)
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well.