How To Make Hasselback Potatoes [Vegan]
Simple & Impressive
I’ve had a lot of people on the beginning of their vegan journey asking me for super simple recipes. Transitioning to a vegan diet can sometimes feel daunting. For many vegans (including myself!) eating or ordering out might be a bit of a straggle, depending on location, so home cooking becomes more of a necessity. I live in Cyprus, where veganism is a relatively new concept so not many restaurants offer vegan options. You can always ask to veganize a dish on the menu but even then, cheese or honey seem to magically appear on your plate! (Guilty revelation: I used to tell waiters I am allergic..worked like a charm..oops!)
Even though restaurants have not yet adapted their menus, there is such a large variety of fresh, local wholefood produce! Personally, before going vegan, I didn’t even know how to boil a potato! I didn’t need to. But switching to a vegan diet opened my eyes to a whole new world where I got to experiment with foods I had never tried or cooked before.
Many new vegans have a hard time trying to make fancy vegan food. The key to success is to stick to the basics! At least in the beginning! It will minimize your stress and help you realize that following a vegan diet is not as difficult at it might seem.
Some of us live with family members and partners that still consume animal products. If you are in charge of the daily cooking you might be facing a hard task keeping everybody happy. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Choose food groups that appeal to the majority of people such as potatoes, rice, beans and legumes. Throw in some mock meats and dairy every now and then and you have a winner. Try going for meals that are not labelled ‘vegan’, even though they are! Hasselback potatoes are the perfect example!
Hasselback potatoes are simple, super easy to make, filling and satisfy most tastes! You don’t have to be fancy. You just have to be effective! Hasselback potatoes look very impressive but are completely fuss free and suitable for the whole family! And they are even fancy enough to serve at a formal or informal dinner when you have company over! It’s a meal that requires no special culinary skills. A delicious dish that appeals to almost everyone! There are three key aspects to hasselback potatoes: they taste amazing, they are easy to make and they look fancy!
Why Are They Called Hasselback Potatoes?
A hasselback potato is really just a fancy-looking roast potato! What makes hasselback potatoes unique is the technique used to prepare them. These are some impressive looking spuds! They have a crunchy crust and a soft interior. They are basically baked potatoes in disguise!
This style of potato has been created by the Swedes. In particular, trainee chef Leif Elisson, created this dish in 1953 in Stockholm at a restaurant called Restaurant Hasselbacken!
Let’s make you an expert!
Ingredients (4 servings):
- 4 large white potatoes (peel intact)
- 1/3 cup organic, extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- 1 garlic clove (thinly sliced)
- 1 tablespoon of oregano (you add any other herbs and spices you like!)
- a vegan stock cube (this is more of a personal preference as I feel it adds so much to the richness of the flavor)
- Preheat oven at 200 degrees C (400 degrees F).
- Wash and dry potatoes. Leave the peel on. If there are excess impurities such as soil use a clean kitchen sponge and scrub it off.
- For this next part you will need two chopsticks or two wooden cooking spoons. Place your potatoes horizontally between your chopsticks/spoons. The raised edges of your tools of choice will act as a depth-gauge for your slices.
- Using a sharp chef’s knife, slice across the potato making sure that you cut slits into the potato but leaving the bottom intact.
- Add your olive oil and spices to a small bowl and stir.
- Place potatoes in a baking dish or oven-safe skillet.
- Brush potatoes with the olive oil mixture.
- Bake in the oven for about half an hour before re-applying some olive oil and cooking for another 20 minutes.
I like to throw some whole white mushrooms in there as well and serve with fresh arugula and beetroot salad and a glass of vegan white wine! You can use less olive oil if you weary of your daily fat intake. Just make sure that you brush it evenly to cover all surfaces. Hasselback potatoes can be great as a main or side dish! An average sized hasselback potato is around 270 calories and it contains a descent amount of fiber(4 g) and protein (5 g)! Perfect!
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