If your family adores potatoes as much as mine, you might be searching for new ideas on how to prepare and present them. Potatoes are incredibly adaptable, and athough there are numerous recipes available, I personally prefer quick, easy, and delicious dishes. Have you ever tried making Hasselback potatoes using an air fryer?
Which potatoes for hasselback?
First things first, selecting the right potato. Trust me, it matters! I recommend using medium – large-sized Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes. They are starchy and have a nice texture, making them perfect for Hasselback-ing! I also use the red-skinned varieties like Red Rascal and Desiree, as they are good “all rounders”, that are creamy inside and are slightly waxy but also with a brilliant flavour. So decide if you want a starchy fluffy, interior with the Russet or Yukon Gold or the yellow flesh and a little creamy, firmer texture of the Red Rascals or Desiree.
How to slice hasselback potatoes
Let’s discuss the tricky task of slicing potatoes. It can be intimidating, but I have a foolproof method that many others also use. Place the potato between two chopsticks or wooden spoons while cutting to prevent the knife from going all the way through. Aim for slices that are about 1/2 centimeter apart. Remember, practice makes perfect! If you want crispy slices, slice them thin. But if you prefer a meatier texture, thicker slices are better.
Seasoning your hasselback potatoes
Now comes the fun part – let’s season and stuff those potatoes! You can get creative and try out different combinations of flavors. A few popular options are garlic, rosemary, and butter. For a bolder taste, you can even add some grated cheese or bacon crumbles in between the slices. Yum! Personally, I like to cook the potatoes part way in the air fryer before I add my toppings. Potatoes can take a while to cook, but these little bits of herbs, bacon, or cheese usually don’t need as much time.
Cooking your potatoes
When using an air fryer, it’s super important to keep an eye on the cooking time and temperature. To avoid mishaps, I like to preheat my air fryer while I’m getting my potatoes ready. I set the temperature to 160°C and cook for 25-30 minutes. But since every air fryer is a little different, it’s always best to check on the potatoes and look for that perfect golden-brown colour and soft centre to know when they’re done. If you’re feeling fancy and want to add some cheese or herbs, wait until the last 5 minutes of roasting, stuff the potatoes, and finish them off for that extra yummy flavour. Trust me; they’re quick, easy and delicious!
Worried about drying out your potatoes? Fear not! Here’s the solution. I like to spray oil on mine; a good flavoured olive oil is lovely; then, around 5 minutes before they’re done, rub a touch of butter across the top, or you can do that after they’ve cooked, just before serving. Or, brush your potatoes with melted butter or oil before and halfway through the cooking process. This not only prevents dryness but also gives a nice crispy texture.
As for serving suggestions, Hasselback potatoes are wonderfully versatile. They can be the star of the show or the perfect sidekick to roast chicken or grilled steak, I even serve them with Taco fillings or a curry. And, for a lighter option, pair them with a fresh, green salad.
Flavour Ideas for hasselback potatoes
You can do so much with these potatoes I’m going to give you a list of ideas but seriously I could go on and on
- Brush with melted butter and crushed garlic at the start
- Season with any sort of herb or spice you fancy. Think of smokey paprika for a BBQ thing.
- As I’ve said, I sometimes serve spuds with mexican food, my Taco spice blend works a treat.
- Finely chopped bacon, I like to add this in the last 5 – 10 mintues of cooking depending on how large you chop it.
- You can add a touch of turmeric and cumin before cooking, then serve them with curry. You may think that’s weird but have you heard of Cumin or Jeera Potatoes?
- You can serve them with sourcream and sweet chilli.
- Or simply a side with any other veg you like.
More tips for hasselback potatoes
We all make mistakes; it’s part of the culinary journey. A common one is slicing the potatoes too far through, causing them to fall apart during cooking. Remember the chopstick trick I mentioned earlier? It’s your best bet to avoid this and super easy!
For those without an air fryer, you’re not left out. These potatoes can be baked in the oven at 180°C but for a slightly longer time – around 45-55 minutes.
Lastly, I know many of you have special dietary requirements. For a vegan option, substitute butter with olive oil or a vegan butter substitute. For those going gluten-free, you’re in luck! Hasselback potatoes are naturally gluten-free.
And there you have it! Perfect Hasselback potatoes from your air fryer. A versatile dish with layers of flavour that’s sure to impress at your next meal. I hope you enjoy the process and flavours as much as we do!
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- 1 Air Fryer
- 4 potatoes see blog for ideal varieties
- 1 tsp of oil or melted butter
- herbs optional
- Set your air fryer to warm up, I set mine to 160°C
- Wash the potatoes.
- Slice the potatoes thinly leaving a half an inch base at the bottom.
- Spray with oil or butter (or brush)
- Season with salt.
- Place them inside the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes at 160°C – 180°C until tender. It will depend on your air fryer how much hot air it blows around. Open the air fryer in the last 5 minutes of cooking and add your aromatics (Herbs garlic etc.) See my post for more ideas.
The image below is of my favourite Oil Sprayer; You can get them from most supermarkets in Australia. The thing I love about it is they rarely get blocked and they last and last. If you want to know what oil your using you need to choose it. You can put any oil you like in one of these. I have 3, one with light olive oil, one with olive oil that I use for salads and another with a non flavoured oil for hight heat cooking. You can read more on oils here.