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The Perfect Hasselback

Annette Hill
Superb flavour, creamy texture with crispy edges
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 2 x Same size wooden spoons or Chopsticks as a cutting guide
  • Baking tray
  • Grease-proof paper or Baking paper
  • Basting brush


  • 4 Sir James potatoes 1 per person
  • 100 g Butter
  • 100 ml Olive oil
  • Mixed herbs Rosemary etc.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon zest
  • Chives


Prepare the Potatoes

  • Scrub potatoes - leave skin on
  • Slice small portion of flesh off the underside so potato sits flat
  • Take two wooden spoons same size or 2 chopsticks and lay either side of the potato to act as guide for the cutting
  • Slice finely through the potato to the spoons or chopsticks - slices 2 to 3 mm apart, depending on your preference
  • Fan the potato and place on a tray with greaseproof paper

Prepare the Baste

  • In a separate saucepan, combine equal amounts of olive oil, butter and favourite herbs - infuse over heat


  • Baste your Potatoes
  • Place tray of potatoes into top shelf of pre-heated oven at 200° C for 40 - 45 minutes
  • Continue to baste whilst cooking


  • Serve with salt, pepper, lemon zest and chives to taste