Grilled Hasselback Potatoes
Author: 
Recipe type: Side Dish
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Not only are hasselback potatoes a great looking potato, they're also great tasting.
Go Get This Stuff
  • 4 large potatoes such as Russets or Yukon Golds
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted or bacon grease
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • any additional flavor ingredients e.g. bacon, cheese, chives, herbs
Then Do This
  1. Prepare a hot grill for indirect cooking. (Only half the grill has fire.)
  2. Choose choice potatoes and wash well. Pat dry. Peel them if you wish.
  3. Using a sharp knife, slice the potato. 1/4-inch slices are perfect. Cut straight down and stop about a 1/4-inch before cutting completely through the potato. I'll agree, this is the tricky part. I use the wooden spoon rest I showed above as a stop. Other items that work are the handles of two wooden utensils, two pencils or chopsticks, placed on both sides of the potato. If you're steady in your knife skills, you may not need a stop at all, but that's not my case. Until you become proficient in the cutting technique, another trick is to cut off about a 1/4-inch slice from the bottom of the potato. This makes the potato flat on the bottom and steadies it for more accurate cutting.
  4. Microwave potatoes for 8 to 10 minutes on high. Rotate and repeat. Allow to cool until they're safe to handle.
  5. Completely brush each potato with the melted butter. Try to get some down in between the slices, if possible. Don't worry that every slice gets some butter, we'll be repeating this step.
  6. Place potatoes on the grill, opposite the fire. Close lid and allow to cook for about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Each 15 minutes, brush the potatoes with the melted butter. You'll notice that the potatoes are beginning to fan out as they cook. This gives us a bit more space between the slices for the butter and additional flavorings to seep in. It's during the final butter brushing that any flavorings such as salt, pepper, bacon bits or herbs should be added.
  7. Remove potatoes from the grill and hit them one last time with the butter. Garnish with any additional ingredients, such as sour cream, cheese or chives. Serve immediately.
Notes
Cooking Hasselback Potatoes in the Oven:
1. Preheat an oven to 425°F (220°C) with the rack placed in the middle.
2. Prepare potatoes as indicated above, but skip the microwave.
3. Cook for 60 minutes or until potatoes are tender, brushing with the butter each 20 minutes.
Recipe by BarbequedChicken at http://www.barbequedchicken.com/grilled-hasselback-potatoes/