It’s time once again for the Secret Recipe Club. This month, I was assigned Easily Good Eats, which is the perfect name for the blog. There were so many wonderful recipes to choose from, we had some trouble this month. What I immediately loved was the dedication to keeping recipes extremely simple. When we initially made our list of choices we had a LOT on there. Chorizo and Olive Savory Cake (Loaf) sounds amazing, doesn’t it? And if you’re in the mood for a sweeter recipe, coconut peanut butter sounds so, so good.
There is a huge recipe index. Go check it out. I’ll wait. Okay, aren’t the categories fun? Like “unusual”, “exotic”, etc. Love it!
This month, I decided to allow my daughter to pick out the recipe and help me make it. And that she did.
After about a half hour of making a list, she finally settled on these Hasselback Potatoes because she had been wanting to try them for awhile. What I loved about Easily Good Eat’s recipe, was that it had Parmesan. And about the only thing we actually changed was an addition of purple basil and oregano. Just to up the flavor a little and it did. These were so good and such a huge hit with the whole family and while it takes a bit to get them prepared, it’s all very easy and the end result is a beautiful potato worthy of any elegant event.
- 6 medium sized oval shaped baking potatoes
- 2-4 tablespoons of butter (you can use oil, but the butter flavor is amazing)
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan (optional)
- 1-2 Tbs. finely chopped purple basil
- 1-2 Tbs. finely chopped oregano
- Preheat oven to 435 degrees F.
- Scrub each potato clean.
- Slice the potatoes in thin slices across. You only want to cut about ¾ of the way through the potato so go slowly and carefully.
- Gently pull the slices apart (don't separate them) and gently push the minced garlic down between the slices. Sprinkle the salt over the potatoes.
- We used cold butter, sliced thinly and then cut in half. We lay those on top of the potatoes...flat so that the butter would melt and fall into the slices.
- Place the potatoes on a baking pan.
- Bake the potatoes for 30 minutes at 435 degrees F. About halfway through, open the oven, remove the pan and baste the potatoes with the melted butter from the potatoes that collects on the pan. If you can't get any, just use some more if you'd like. (olive oil works well too). Return to oven for the rest of the baking time.
- When a half hour is done, remove the potatoes and sprinkle the parmesan, oregano and basil on each potato. Return to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or so.
- Remove and enjoy!