How to Bake Potatoes in the Oven

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Have you wanted to try your hand at Hasselback potatoes? The number of thin slices and perfect crispiness can be rather intimidating, but we have a quick tutorial for you on how to bake potatoes in the oven, to put your mind at ease.

Hasselbacks are delicious and a fast, creative way to serve potatoes, especially for a dinner party or holiday meal.

Baked hasselback potatoes in a white dish with rosemary.

Even with dense and hard-to-chop potatoes, this tutorial for how to bake potatoes in the oven should make these spuds far easier to slice.

Additionally, the combination of Italian seasonings and aromatic olive oil will bring this side dish to a new level as they crisp up in the oven and become infused with spices.

Step #1. Prepare the Ingredients

How to Bake Potatoes in the Oven - Step 1 image. basket of potatoes. inthekitch.net

Prepare all ingredients before starting to cook. Preheat oven to 450ºF.

  • 3 to 4 – potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. – olive oil
  • Fresh thyme, oregano and rosemary
  • Freshly ground sea salt and pepper

Step #2. Wash the Potatoes

Potatoes in a bowl of water, on wooden cutting board.

Wash and rinse potatoes (don’t peel them).

Step #3. Place a Potato On a Spoon

A potato on a spoon, on a cutting board.

Place a potato on a spoon.

Step #4. Slice the Potato

A potato on a spoon with a knife, on wooden cutting board.

Make very close cuts on the potato until you reach the spoon, so the potato slices will hold together by the bottom. Repeat with remaining potatoes.

COOKING TIP: If you don’t have a large enough spoon for the potato, try placing chopsticks on either side of the potato to stop the knife from going right through.

Step #5. Mix Olive Oil with Fresh Herbs

Bowl of olive oil and herbs with a silicone brush on wooden cutting board.

Roughly chop the herbs. Mix the olive oil and fresh herbs together.

Step #6. Brush Potatoes with Oil Mixture

Hasselback potatoes with seasonings in baking dish and a silicone brush with olive oil.

Place the potatoes on a baking tray. Use a basting brush to spread the olive oil and herbs over the potatoes. Try to get into the slices as well with the oil.

Step #7. Seasoning

Hasselback potatoes with seasonings in baking dish.

Sprinkle them with freshly ground salt and pepper.

Step #8. Bake

Hasselback potatoes baking in the oven.

Bake the potatoes until they are golden brown with crisp edges, about 60 minutes. This completely depends on the size of the potatoes. Keep an eye on them! If they are looking dry while baking, baste them with a little more olive oil – this makes them nice and crispy.

Step #9. Serve

Baked hasselback potatoes in a white dish with rosemary.

A classic Hasselback potato is only sliced through halfway to three-quarters in order to flavor each potato while maintaining the structure of whole potatoes. By placing the potato in a large spoon, it is the best way to keep it stable and secure for the knife.

This stability provides a far safer option for creating such thin slices within the potato and doubles as an easy way to ensure the knife doesn’t cut completely through.

Have you made Hasselback potatoes at home? What is your favorite topping for this style of potato dish? If you enjoyed this cooking tutorial, please let us know in the comments and feel free to share it with your friends.

Baked hasselback potatoes in a white dish with rosemary.

How to Bake Potatoes in the Oven

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Have you wanted to try your hand at Hasselback potatoes? The number of thin slices and perfect crispiness can be rather intimidating, but we have a quick tutorial for you to put your mind at ease. Hasselbacks are delicious and a fast, creative way to serve potatoes, especially for a dinner party or holiday meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 4
Calories 125 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 to 4 potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Fresh thyme, oregano and rosemary
  • Freshly ground sea salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Wash and rinse potatoes (don’t peel them).
    Potatoes in a bowl of water, on wooden cutting board.
  • Place a potato on a spoon.
    A potato on a spoon, on a cutting board.
  • Make very close cuts on the potato until you reach the spoon, so the potato slices will hold together by the bottom. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
    A potato on a spoon with a knife, on wooden cutting board.
  • Roughly chop the herbs. Mix the olive oil and fresh herbs together.
    Bowl of olive oil and herbs with a silicone brush on wooden cutting board.
  • Place the potatoes on a baking tray. Use a basting brush to spread the olive oil and herbs over the potato. Try to get into the slices as well with the oil.
    Hasselback potatoes with seasonings in baking dish and a silicone brush with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle them with freshly ground salt and pepper.
    Hasselback potatoes with seasonings in baking dish.
  • Bake the potatoes until they are golden brown with crisp edges, about 60 minutes. This completely depends on the size of the potatoes. Keep an eye on them! If they are looking dry while baking, baste them with a little more olive oil.
    Hasselback potatoes baking in the oven.
  • Serve.
    Baked hasselback potatoes in a white dish with rosemary.

Equipment

Baking tray
Basting brush

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 659mgFiber: 3gVitamin C: 18.2mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 5.2mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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