Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hasselback Garlic Potatoes w/ Bacon & Cheese

This fancy baked potato adds lots character indeed, making for a brilliant addition to any meal! Make some slices in a potato, bake, and it magically fans out into an impressive looking potato.

With the holidays right around the corner, you might want to add these lil beauties to the menu. These are also great if your having special guests or perhaps the "in-laws"over for dinner and would like to impress them a little.

*For a healthier choice, omit the bacon, cheese and sour cream. Just sprinkle with parsley or chives after baking and serve .

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced and slivered
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and fresh black pepper
  • Fresh chives (diced)
  • 4 slices of bacon (diced)
  • Shredded Cheese of your choice- 1-cup
Sour Cream, recipe follows**


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Using a wooden spoon as a cradle, place each potato in the spoon and make several parallel slits into each potato top almost to the bottom of the potato but making sure not to slice completely through.

Place 3 garlic slices between slits at the crown of each potato. Toss in a medium bowl with butter and olive oil.

Place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

When the potatoes begin to “fan out” it’s time to make the magic happen. Carefully sprinkle diced bacon into each slit of the potato continue to cook

Once the potatoes and bacon are fully cooked (use a knife to test), coat the potatoes with heaping helping of shredded cheese. .

Bake until tops are crispy and potatoes are cooked through, about 1 hour. Transfer to a platter and top with Herbed Sour Cream and chives.

Herbed Sour Cream:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Season, to taste, and refrigerate until use.

Original Source: Easy Recipes, Healthy Eating Ideas

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