Friday, November 9, 2012

Hasselback Garlic Potatoes and a Thanksgiving Giveaway

*The giveaway is now closed. The winner is LisaP!*

We are a family that loves our potatoes. And nothing kicks that love into true lurve territory like Thanksgiving! Over the years, our Thanksgiving table has been graced by the likes of mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, baked potatoes with sharp cheddar, roasted potatoes with root vegetables, and sweet potatoes with streusel topping. And that was just for one year! I am not ashamed to admit there are points in time when I think I might like the potato sides more than the actual Thanksgiving turkey. Blasphemous? Maybe but we're all about honesty 'round these parts. Needless to say, I've been thinking about this Thanksgiving's potato dish(es) since February.

Hasselback potatoes have shown up on every single blog I read, are abundant on Foodgawker and Tastespotting, and have taken over my Pinterest feed. I've been intrigued by these fancy looking taters but just the thought of carefully making all those thin cuts in potatoes makes me tired. I'm more of a rough chop, couple of glugs of olive oil, a generous handful of spices, and pop into the oven kinda girl. Except well, Thanksgiving is a big deal and I wanna wear my fancy shoes to the party. Oh, and bring my fancy potatoes.

So recently, I attempted some Hasselback potatoes. All that thin, not-even-remotely-even slicing was relaxing and fun. Okay, no it wasn't fun. At all. In fact, it was a giant pain. But the finished potatoes with their perfectly crispy exterior and the moist, garlicky interior were so darn good, it was worth all that careful and painstakingly slow slicing.

The good folks at Country Crock want to make your Thanksgiving taterrific (heh!) so they're giving you an adorable set of Pumpkin Taper Holders from Williams Sonoma and a gorgeous ceramic baker and wire rack from Sur La Table. To enter, leave a comment telling me what side you're most excited about for Thanksgiving.

Thank you to Country Crock for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Hasselback Garlic Potatoes

8 medium-sized potatoes of your choice (Russet, White, Red)
4 tbs. Country Crock Spread
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Melt Country Crock in microwave for approximately 15 seconds until melted. Add garlic to melted Country Crock. Wash potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Slice a piece of the bottom of the potato so it lays flat. Then thinly slice each potato making sure to not slice all the way through. Remember, the thinner the slices, the more delicious crispy edges. Brush potatoes with melted garlic spread mixture, making sure to get inside the sliced potato crevices. Place potatoes on greased cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of your potatoes, until potatoes are golden brown.

For more great Thanksgiving recipes, please visit the Country Crock Chronicle.


  1. I looove potatoes too but I've never tried them hasselbacked! Plain old sweet potatoes might be my favorite side dish at Thanksgiving. I'm also excited to make something new, since I usually add a different dish every year.

  2. I love Hasselback potatoes: Sweet potatoes are even better!

    This Thanksgiving I'm excited about cooking dinner for my husband, who's not big on T-giving food, but loves a turkey sandwich. (Dinner will be turkey-and-sweet-potato sandwiches with cranberry mustard; sides include roasted Brussels sprouts with red grapes and almonds and baked squash; pumpkin pie for dessert of course.)

  3. my sis's stuffing and cranberry salad

  4. Maaan, thanks for taking one for the team and trying those gorgeous things! My favorite day-of dish is homemade dressing from my mom's recipe! Buttey and herby and so very carby. :)
    Day after is turkey soup with big fat chewy homemade noodles (sensing a carb-laden trend here?). ps, I'm having fun getting caught up on here - you're such a stud! For real.

  5. I think it's a tie between the mashed potatoes w/turkey gravy and the stuffing. Yum!!

    Also, here's a tip for easier slicing of the hasselback potatoes...lay a chopstick on either side of the potato so that your knife will stop before you slice all the way through. Can't wait to try these!

  6. My favs are garlic mashed potatoes and green beans...can't wait to try your recipe!

  7. For me, its all about some permutation of baked yams/sweet potatoes. I make them with a spiced/sweet balance. Spiced with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and other things and then sweetened with a bit of maple syrup and marshmallows on top. Add pecans or walnuts and I am in carb heaven!

  8. My favourite Thanksgiving side dish is...the stuffing! (don't get to enjoy it much any other time of the year!)

  9. Cooking my first THanksgiving in my house for my in-laws.( a little excited and slightly nervous).

    shankyouverymuch11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. STUFFING!! Oh how I am excited to be in the States for Thanksgiving this year. :) Hope we can see you and your boys while we are here in CA too!

  11. Thanksgiving food is the BEST! I've always wanted to make hasselback potatoes - must try soon!

  12. i did try making these once and boy it was a chore, esp the slicing bit. BTW i love the french toast idea and i have bookmarked it. Now i have to go hunt for pumpkin puree :)
    And im not based out of the US, but what the hell, if i win it i shall send it over to my sis in law in CT. And if i was there for thanksgiving, it would totally be an Indian theme and id make a mean sheekh kebab as a side to a fabulous curried turkey roast :)

  13. I'm with you -potatoes are awesome:) Love these and that you added garlic.

    (Thanks but not participating in the giveaway)

  14. I'm making these for Thanksgiving! THANKS! They sound sooooooo good (and the picture is making me very hungry!).


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