I fired up the Pizza oven for the first time this year today, just to give it a good burn before the temperature drops again but once I’d got it up to temperature (350°C!) it seemed a shame not to cook anything in it! as it was nearly lunchtime I thought I’d try something I’d seen on Pinterest a few days ago – Hasselback Potatoes.
These are a Scandinavian (Swedish possibly?) way of Baking potatoes and look brilliant (in real life anyway, not so sure about my photography skills!). Charlie thought they looked like hedgehogs so we renamed them ‘Hedgehog Potatoes’.
Obviously you can cook them in a normal oven but seeing as though I had the pizza oven fired up I thought I’d see what they were like in that. Once it had settled down the temperature was hovering around 300-315°C but in a normal oven you can just turn it up as hot as it will go.
Ingredients (served 2 adults and 1 child)
5 medium baking potatoes (2 each for us, 1 for Charlie)
6 or 7 cloves of garlic
a glug of extra virgin olive oil
a sprinkle of sea salt
5 blobs of butter (I used unsalted but mainly because that is what we had in the fridge!)
Freshly ground pepper
5 squares of tin foil each big enough to wrap up a potato
How to cook them
1) Preheat the oven as hot as it will go.
2) Slice each potato about three quarters of the way through at roughly 5mm intervals (you can do it thinner if you’re feeling precise!). The potato should hold together and look a bit like a concertina.
3) Slice the garlic into thin slivers and tuck a slice into each slit in the potatoes.
4) place each potato in the centre of a tin foil square, drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on each potato.
5) Scrunch up the foil to seal in the potato and place in the hot oven for about 30 minutes.
6) Take the potatoes out of the oven and open up the foil so you can see the majority of the potato but so that it is still holding it together. Place a blob of butter on the top of each potato and grind some pepper on top.
7) Place back in the oven (with the foil still open) for a further 10 minutes until they have browned slightly on top.
8) Enjoy! We ate ours with cheese but you could have them just on their own or with whatever you would normally have with a jacket potato.
Do let me know if you try these, I think they’re amazing!