Hasselback potatoes

Potato party......

You can make endless fun and tasty things with potatoes......here are a few ideas below

Morso Forno lit up nicely...Morso Forno lit up nicely...
Morso Forno lit up nicely...

Grocery list

for the mini-gratin :

  • Potatoes
  • Sliced smoked bacon
  • Liquid cream
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Grocery list

For the 'stuffed' potato

  • Potatoes (try to take large regular ones)
  • Sliced smoked bacon
  • Garlic
  • Liquid cream
  • Chives
  • Gorgonzola
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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Potato like a book with pages

I was planning to test two things, as you could see above, two recipes, easy, quick, simple, and above all delicioussssssss....

Somewhere on a forum or in a recipe I had once seen a potato like this, sliced, but not all the way to the end so it still remains a whole potato. I wanted to try that too, but then take it a step further...in the meantime, I discovered that potatoes prepared this way have a name : 'Hasselback potatoes'.

So potato washed and dried neatly and cut nicely into very thin slices, but not all the way to the end, so got a kind of potato in book form, but shaped like a potato ( are you still following me ??)

Then, shoved into the incisions, slices of smoked bacon and very thin slices of garlic. Then smear the potato generously with gorgonzola, trying to smear as much of the gorgonzola as possible, and finally a dash of olive oil on top and of course finish with salt and pepper. (Try Maldon's smoked salt, adds an extra dimension to your potato!).

So looked like this when I finished preparing. Wonder if it's very high in calories.........but who cares...as long as it turns out tasty!

Now for the mini gratin.

I had first cut very thin slices of potato and cooked them just a bit so they became a bit more flexible.

Drained and placed them neatly in a small ramequin, a bit of smoked salt, a few turns of the pepper mill and some liquid cream on top, finished off with a slice of smoked bacon and no more fussing about with anything and everything...oh yes, yes, a bit of garlic of course ;-)

Shoved nice and close to the heat and then just waited quietly....

And patience was rewarded...

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Potatoes ready, always and again, very handy that plancha from Morso, vegetables, meat, potatoes, everything can go on it, and with the handy handle you just slide it into the Morso Forno! Deliciously grilled, crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside with a nice flavour of bacon and garlic, lots of calories, but oooo what a treat..., made a tasty dip to go with it as well ; right here :

Cream cheese, chives, lemon juice, echallot chopped, a few cloves of garlic chopped, smoked salt and a few turns of the pepper mill and hop, nice dip for the roasted potatoes.

This is how it went in the Morso FornoThis is how it went in the Morso Forno
This is how it went in the Morso Forno
This is how they were bakingThis is how they were baking
This is how they were baking
And this is how it came out.And this is how it came out.
And this is how it came out.
Also delicious as a snackAlso delicious as a snack
Also delicious as a snack

Was a huge success, everyone liked it and it wasn't much work.

We had chicken drumsticks with it, but of course you can add anything you like, pork chops, meatballs or a nice sausage. Finally, some lettuce and a few tomatoes from the garden and it turns out once more: yummy doesn't have to be complex or difficult!

Bon appétit ;-)