Hasselback Potatoes with Spinach Cashew Pesto

Did you know that if you fancy slice potatoes and roast them with butter and oil they’re called Hasselback Potatoes?

Inspired by Joy the Baker.

For the Potatoes:
4 russet potatoes
4 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
coarse sea salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.Thinly slice garlic cloves. Set aside. Rinse and scrub potatoes well. We’re keeping the skin on so it’s gotta be clean. Slice a thin layer off of the bottom of the potatoes. This will give them a solid base to rest on to get sliced. Slice into the potatoes but not completely through them. Slice potatoes, creating very thin rounds connected at a base. Slide garlic slices in between potato slices. You might actually need to shove them in… the potato might be pretty tight. Just be careful not to tear the bottom.

Place potatoes on a baking sheet. Generously sprinkle potatoes with salt. Top each potato with one tablespoon of butter. Drizzle with oil. Bake for 1 hour or until tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. Remove the pan about every 15 minutes to baste potatoes in the oil and butter on the pan. This will make the skin crispy and delicious and the potato extra buttery.

When cooked through and crispy, remove from the oven, cool for 10 minutes. Top with spinach pesto and serve.

For the Pesto:
2 loosely packed cups of spinach
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cups roasted cashews
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

Place garlic cloves, spinach, nuts, lemon juice, zest and Parmesan cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until spinach is broken down and, whiles still blending, slowly pour in the olive oil. Turn off food processor, taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve over potatoes… or pasta!

Yummy for lunch, dinner or snack!! It looks complicated but it is super simple to prepare and very tasty!! My kids love potatoes in any form and of course loved this too!



I am gonna try this. i will try it with sweet potato for Arjun.
Laxmi said…
Rukmini, I tried the pesto and it was a hit. I substituted almonds for the cashews. The kids couldn't get enough of it. As for the potatoes, I have to yet try it in the original form. I just made medallions and roasted them with salt and pepper and had the pesto as dip. Good recipe, keep up the good work
Fusion Spice said…
Awesome Laxmi! I am super happy!!

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