Hasselback potatoes seem to be a bit of a newer craze. At least, I’d never seen or heard of them until I really started getting into the BBQ scene. But, I’m glad I did! These come out like a combination between homemade potato chips and a baked potato. I mean, come on, both of those independently are delicious!
These potatoes are easy to make but can be time consuming. There’s a trick that helps but these still take a little extra TLC for the end result which is bound to be a crowd pleaser.
Category: Vegetable, Appetizers & Sides
Weight: 4 potatoes
Grill: Traeger (but, you can use an oven or a charcoal/gas grill)
Heat Source: Smoke
Type of Wood: Traeger Signature Blend
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Estimated Cook Time: 1 hour
Actual Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour and 15-30 minutes
Cooking Temperature: 450° Fahrenheit
4 Russet potatoes
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup salted butter, melted
Cheddar cheese (I prefer Sharp Cheddar), cut into 1 inch squares
6-8 slices of bacon, cooked and then crumbled
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
Optional: chives or green onions, sour cream for garnish
Step 1: Preheat either your grill or oven to 450° and wash your potatoes.
Step 2: Place your potato on a cutting board between two chop sticks. This *should* prevent you from slicing all the way through the potato. But, not all potatoes are made the same so you need to pay attention. Slice the potato into ¼ inch thick slices. Repeat for all other potatoes.
Step 3: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, butter, salt and pepper. Brush the potatoes with the mixture ensuring some gets in between the slices.
Step 4: Place the potatoes on the smoker/grill/oven and bake for 50-60 minutes until the potatoes are browned and tender.
Step 5: If you are making your bacon bits, make them while the potatoes are cooking.
Step 6: After 50-60 minutes, remove the potatoes from the grill/smoker/oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes. Insert the slices of cheddar cheese in between the cut pieces of the potato.
Step 7: Return the potatoes to the grill/smoker/oven and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.
Step 8: Remove the potatoes and top with the bacon, chives (or green onions), sour cream, more butter, whatever your heart desires!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Any challenges you ran into? Please share with the community.
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