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PERFECTLY CRISPY AIR FRYER HASSELBACK POTATOES

Last updated on November 26th, 2021 at 04:03 pm

There’s nothing quite like some crispy, buttery Hasselback potatoes; they’re delicious, impressive, and just so much fun to prepare. I will show you how to make the delightful Hasselback potatoes at home without having to wait for a table at your favorite restaurant or take a whole day off from work!

AIR FRYER HASSELBACK POTATOES

Have you heard of Hasselback potatoes? They’re one of those trendy-but-worthwhile dishes that deserve a little more attention. Crisp and golden on the outside, tender and creamy on the inside, these innovative potatoes are actually insanely easy to make. So if you love crispy spuds but don’t love all that oil splattering about, give them a try—we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

DELICIOUS SIDE TO ANY MEAL

Hasselback potatoes make a delicious side dish to any meal, and they’re simple to make as well! If you’ve never cooked with Hasselback potatoes before, this guide will help you through the process and provide helpful tips and tricks along the way. Plus, if you’re looking for more potato recipes beyond just Hasselback potatoes, we’ve got those as well! 

MAKING IT RIGHT

Potatoes are such a classic side dish, and they’re perfect in so many dishes! However, sometimes baking or roasting them can leave them soggy or with less-than-crispy outsides, and the solution to this problem is to make Hasselback potatoes in an air fryer.

HOW TO MAKE HASSELBACK POTATO IN AN AIR FRYER

Hasselback potatoes are an elegant and tasty take on the classic baked potato, with thin slices of potatoes cooked right alongside the skin. 

The potatoes turn out incredibly crispy and delicious every time. Here are step-by-step instructions for creating the perfect air fryer Hasselback potatoes.

  • First, scrub and rinse the potatoes very well to remove all the dirt, then dry them off.
  • Next, cut the potatoes into thin slices – about 1/th inch thickness without cutting all the way through (if you do, they’ll fall apart when cooking). See picture above
  • Then, lightly brush oil on each slice of potato so that it will cook evenly during cooking. 
  • Season with salt and pepper or any other desired spices. I used salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper—and don’t forget the all-important garlic butter!
  • Cook until soft on the inside and browned and crispy on top. Enjoy!

WHAT IS HASSELBACK POTATO?

If you are not familiar with it, Hasselback potatoes are simply thinly sliced potatoes cut lengthwise with slits for their outsides. These slits are then brushed with butter or oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper, or other seasonings of your choice. The layering effect of Hasselback potatoes is visually appealing—in fact, they’re often used as a presentation trick—but it also helps distribute seasoning throughout each layer of potato. Not only do Hasselback look pretty but they also taste great! They turn what might normally be considered an average side dish into a fabulous addition to any meal.

HOW TO CUT HASSELBACK POTATOES

All you need are some russet potatoes, a sharp knife, and some patience – it takes a little time to slice each potato just right, but the final result is well worth it! 

Cut thinly sliced notches into each potato without cutting all the way through. I like to place the potato between two flat wooden spoons, and then I use a very sharp knife to slice the potato. In that way, I will not make the mistake of slicing the potatoes all the way through.

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Note that, smaller potatoes will use lesser time, and larger ones will cook a little longer. Please adjust the time accordingly.

How to Make Perfectly Crispy Hasselback Potatoes in an Air Fryer

AIR FRYER HASSELBACK POTATOES

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper or add to taste
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350F
  • Place one potato at a time between two wooden spoons (check the image above) and slice the potatoes thinly as even as possible – about a quarter-inch thickness. The wooden spoons will prevent you from cutting the potatoes all the way through.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.
  • Arrange the potatoes inside the air fryer basket and brush them all over with half the butter mixture, including the bottoms. Make sure the mixture drips down into the space between the slices.
  • Cook inside the air fryer for 20 minutes, then remove and brush with the remaining mixture. Return to the air fryer to cook for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are crispy on the edges and easily pierced in the middle with a paring knife.

Notes

Smaller potatoes will use lesser time, and larger ones will cook a little longer. Please adjust the time accordingly.

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