Easy Hasselback Potatoes

Last night I tried hasselback potatoes for the first time.

photoThey were much easier than I thought they would be, especially for the first time I’ve prepared them!

My husband loves baked potatoes (well, all things potato) and I kept seeing this type of preparation pop up on various social media sites. I was nervous putting it on the menu for a Monday night (as opposed to a weekend) but it worked out really well for our schedule.

Easy Hasselback Potatoes (Recipe inspired by Cooking Light’s version)

Serves: 2 with medium potatoes. Note: if using large potatoes, double the toppings, but be aware that it will be 4 servings!

2 medium potatoes
2 TBSP olive oil
Kosher salt, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste
2 TBSP reduced-fat shredded cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash potatoes and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Slice potatoes horizontally, being careful to not slice all the way through, leaving about 1/8″-1/4″ between slices. (Tip: I placed a large spoon next to the potato, to help me not slice too far).
  4. Using a basting brush, brush olive oil onto each potato – get some between the slices, too!
  5. Top the potato with seasonings. (I tend to use a heavier hand with pepper).
  6. Place potatoes on a baking sheet that has a coating of non-stick spray.
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until potatoes are crisped on the edges but soft on the inside. The larger the potato, the longer it will take to cook.
  8. Add 1 TBSP of reduced-fat cheese to each potato. The cheese should melt without having to put it back into the oven. Feel free to season it with additional pepper! Enjoy!

What I learned: Next time, I will aim to slice closer to together and I also want to try melted butter with the potatoes instead of oil. I also need to be a little more liberal with my seasonings!

Have you made hasselback potatoes before? What did you think?

– Beth


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