Hasselback New Potatoes

Remember playing with roly polies when you were younger?
Are you now feeling nostalgic and yet, somehow, repulsed?
I wish I could rename these roly poly potatoes.  Or armadillo potatoes.  They’re beautiful. Unfortunately, both times I’ve made these they’ve come out imperfect.  The ends and loose pieces are amazing, sort of like crispy potato chips with a creamy center.  But the middles either remain partially raw or become dry from not enough fat; I haven’t decided.
But anyway.  The aesthetics can’t be beat, and people do seem to get it right, so hopefully you will too.

  • 3 lbs new potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • za’atar spice (available at the West Side Market) or chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400F.  Place a potato in a dinner spoon, and use a sharp knife to carefully cut many thin slits in the potato, leaving a bit on the bottom uncut so that the wedges stay together.  Repeat for all of the potatoes, then toss with the butter and olive oil.  Add salt and pepper, and let the potatoes rest for 10 minutes or so, tossing occasionally to try to coat the insides of the wedges.  Bake on a tin foil-lined baking sheet for at least 45 minutes.  You could see if pushing it to an hour will cook them all the way through.  I also tossed in a few cloves of garlic in the oil and into the oven.  Garnish with the za’atar if you’ve got it, or more pepper, or grated parmesan.
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6 Responses to Hasselback New Potatoes

  1. Priya says:

    yum.. i like anything potato

  2. Miriam says:

    Try covering the pan with aluminum foil for the first 20 minutes or so, then cook them uncovered them for the rest of the time. It steams the potatoes through so you might be able to avoid the uncooked and/or dry centers. Hope that helps!

  3. Don Odiorne says:

    This is one of my favorite types of recipes for potatoes, so easy to do several and bake off, then keep warm and take to a special dinner such as Thanksgiving. Did you know that February is Potato Lovers Month? Perfect to fix for Valentine’s Day dinner and pair with shrimp or a big steak.

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