Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes have been around for years, specially in the Midwestern states.  They’ve gained popularity in recent years as many of us have discovered what the Swedes and Midwesterners have known since the 1950’s!

What are Hasselback Potatoes and where did they get their name you may wonder.  They were first served at a Swedish restaurant named Hasselbacken in 1953.  They are a type of baked potato that is tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.  They’re sort of like thin potato chips attached together at the potato base.  The sliced potatoes are baked to a crispy outer shell then stuffed with cheese and topped with sour cream, chives, or whatever your favorite toppings are.

They are really easy to make, almost like making baked potatoes!  The hardest part may just be the slicing.  The potatoes are thinly sliced almost to the base of the potato leaving the bottom portion still attached.  I found that the best way to cut them is to place the potato on top of a large spoon then using a sharp knife slice the potato until the knife touches the spoon, this leaves the bottom parts of each slice still attached.

For Hasselback Potatoes I prefer to use medium sized Russet Potatoes.  (I use the large sized Russets for regular baked potatoes.)  You can also use Yukon Gold Potatoes, but I find that the russets hold up better than the Yukoons.

When I make Hasselback Potatoes I stuff cheese between slices but leave the toppings on the side so each person can add their own.  I usually offer sour cream, shredded cheeses, chopped chives, and green onions.  But you can offer bacon bits and other toppings you like.

So without further delay here’s my recipe for Hasselback Potatoes!

Hasselback Potatoes

Ingredients:

4 – 6 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes

1 Stick Butter, melted

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced

1 Tbs.  Chopped Fresh Parsley

Salt & Pepper

Cheddar Cheese slices – enough to fill potatoes between slices

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Sour Cream

Chopped Chives and/or Green Onions

Bacon Bits

Other favorite toppings

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 450° F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scrub each potato very well.  Make sure it’s clean and has no dust or dirt on it.  I use a green scotch pad to make sure each potato is very clean.  Pat dry with paper towels.

Place potato on a large spoon.  Slice potato from the top to when the knife touches the spoon edge.  Make slices as thin as possible, about 9-10 slices. Slice all the potatoes this way.

Mix melted butter, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper together.

Brush butter mixture all over each potatoes making sure you have it in between each slice and around the entire potato including the bottom.

Place potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 50 – 60 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool about 5 minutes.

Insert a slice of cheese between slices and sprinkle parmesan cheese in between as well.

Bake in the oven until the cheese melts.

Move to serving dishes and top with desired toppings.

I usually sprinkle chopped green onions or chives over the potatoes and serve with a variety of toppings and invite everyone to top as they please.

 

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4 - 6 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes 1 Stick Butter, melted 1/3 Cup Olive Oil 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced  1 Tbs.  Chopped Fresh Parsley Salt & Pepper Cheddar Cheese slices - enough to fill potatoes between slices 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated Sour Cream Chopped Chives and/or Green Onions Bacon Bits Other favorite toppings
Hasselback Potatoes
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4 - 6 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes 1 Stick Butter, melted 1/3 Cup Olive Oil 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced  1 Tbs.  Chopped Fresh Parsley Salt & Pepper Cheddar Cheese slices - enough to fill potatoes between slices 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated Sour Cream Chopped Chives and/or Green Onions Bacon Bits Other favorite toppings
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450° F. 
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Scrub each potato very well.  Make sure it's clean and has no dust or dirt on it.  I use a green scotch pad to make sure each potato is very clean.  Pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Place potato on a large spoon.  Slice potato from the top to when the knife touches the spoon edge.  Make slices as thin as possible, about 9-10 slices. Slice all the potatoes this way.
  5. Mix melted butter, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper together.
  6. Brush butter mixture all over each potatoes making sure you have it in between each slice and around the entire potato including the bottom.
  7. Place potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes. 
  8. Remove from oven and cool about 5 minutes. 
  9. Insert a slice of cheese between slices and sprinkle parmesan cheese in between as well. 
  10. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts. 
  11. Move to serving dishes and top with desired toppings.  
Recipe Notes

I usually sprinkle chopped green onions or chives over the potatoes and serve with a variety of toppings and invite everyone to top as they please.

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

We first tried Roasted Cauliflower Steaks as a side dish at La Hiki Kitchen one of the fine restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel on Oahu. We loved it!

At that time I had no idea how easy it was to make at home.  Once I realized how simple it was to make I serve it all the time!  We’ve always enjoyed cauliflower, but I usually fry it, add it in Macluba (an Arabic dish that literally means upside-down!), or make deep fried cauliflower fritters called Em Shaat.  Of course we serve it riced and mashed as well.  Cauliflower is really versatile!  And adding these Roasted Cauliflower Steaks makes them even more so.

You may be wondering what are Cauliflower Steaks? They’re thick slabs of cauliflower that’s cut from stem to top.  To get them you use the middle portion of the cauliflower, the section that’s the tallest.  You can get about 2-3 steaks per cauliflower head.

To make cauliflower steaks I trim off the leaves from the stem of the head.  Then I place it stem up on a cutting board and slice down from stem to the florets.  I make the slices about 1″ thick and try to get as many slices as I can.  I save the smaller pieces to use for something else later or you can roast them along side the steaks.  Slicing the steaks is probably the hardest part.  It gets way easier after that!

So here’s the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks.  You can adjust the spices to suit your tastes.  BTW this dish is Vegan and Keto friendly!

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Ingredients:

1 Cauliflower, sliced into 1″ steaks

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper (adjust to suit your taste or omit if you don’t like spicy foods)

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/2 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

1 Tbs.  Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions:

Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees

Line sheet pan with parchment paper

Slice Cauliflower into 1″ thick steaks

Place on pan

Mix garlic and crushed pepper in the olive oil

Brush oil mixture onto both sides of cauliflower steaks

Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese

Bake for 15 minutes

Gently flip each steak over and sprinkle with remaining cheese

Return to oven and bake another 20-25 minutes or until it starts to brown on the top

Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley before serving.

  • You can change  up this recipe by changing the spices you put on the cauliflower steaks.  Try mixing cumin, chili powder, or oregano in the oil!

 

 

 

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  1. Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line sheet pan with parchment paper
  3. Slice Cauliflower into 1" thick steaks. Place on pan
  4. Mix garlic and crushed pepper in the olive oil
  5. Brush oil mixture onto both sides of cauliflower steaks
  6. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese
  7. Bake for 15 minutes
  8. Gently flip each steak over and sprinkle with remaining cheese
  9. Return to oven and bake another 20-25 minutes or until it starts to brown on the top
  10. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley before serving.
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Stuffed pumpkin

Stuffed pumpkin

Serves 4

Easy

Throwing a vegan dinner party in the autumn or winter months? Bake a pumpkin with a gorgeous stuffing of rice, fennel, apple, pomegranate seeds and pecans

Ingredients

 

  • 1 medium-sized pumpkin or round squash (about 1kg)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g wild rice
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 1 Bramley apple
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

 

 

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 30g pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 large pack parsley, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • pomegranate seeds, to serve

Method

1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the top off the pumpkin or squash and use a metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Get rid of any pithy bits but keep the seeds for another time (see our pumpkin seed recipe ideas). Put the pumpkin on a baking tray, rub with 2 tbsp of the oil inside and out, and season well. Roast in the centre of the oven for 45 mins or until tender, with the ‘lid’ on the side.

2. Meanwhile, rinse the wild rice well and cook following pack instructions, then spread out on a baking tray to cool. Thinly slice the fennel bulb and apple, then squeeze over ½ the lemon juice to stop them discolouring.

3. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Fry the fennel seeds and chilli flakes, then, once the seeds begin to pop, stir in ½ the garlic and the fennel. Cook for 5 mins until softened, then mix through the apple, pecans and lemon zest. Remove from the heat. Add the mixture to the the cooked rice, then stir in the chopped parsley and taste for seasoning.

4. Pack the mixture into the cooked pumpkin and return to the oven for 10-15 mins until everything is piping hot. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining lemon juice with the tahini, the rest of the garlic and enough water to make a dressing. Serve the pumpkin in the middle of the table, topped with pomegranate seeds and the dressing.

 

 


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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  At my house this means baking, lots of baking.  I have to make the family’s favorite pies like sweet potato, pecan, and of course pumpkin.  But in a family that has a child who’s allergic to eggs, nuts, and dairy none of these pies will do.  So for my grandson Jett we make a special Vegan Pumpkin Pie.  He loves it!

This Vegan Pumpkin Pie is super easy to make, it contains no dairy or eggs.  We have been making it for Jett every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s something he totally looks forward too.  By the way it’s tasty enough to serve to the whole family so if you don’t want to make 2 types of Pumpkin Pie go ahead and just make this Vegan Pumpkin Pie.  If you don’t tell anyone it’s vegan they might not even notice.  Yes it’s that good!

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

1 15 or 16 oz. can or box Organic pumpkin pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp salt

1 Cup Organic Coconut Milk  –  don’t shake the can before opening, scoop up and use the fat creamy white portion on the top

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 cup Organic Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar (you can use cane sugar if you can’t find coconut sugar)

1/4 Cup Cornstarch

1 Unbaked Pie Shell  – homemade or frozen (be sure it’s allergen free)

Directions:

Mix Dry Ingredients except corn starch together and set aside

Mix Pumpkin Puree, coconut milk, and maple syrup together until well blended

Add mixed dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix very well

Sprinkle cornstarch in 2-3 increments over the pumpkin mixture making sure to stir cornstarch into the mixture very well – you don’t want lumps

Pour pumpkin mixture into unbaked pie shell

Bake in a pre-heated 350° oven for about 1 hour or until tester comes out clean

Do not over bake, once tester comes out clean remove from oven and set on the counter, center may still be soft and wobbly when shake, it will set firm as it cools.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.  I serve it with spray canned coconut whipped cream I buy at Safeway next to the Rediwhip.

 


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  1. Mix Dry Ingredients except corn starch together and set aside
  2. Mix Pumpkin Puree, coconut milk, and maple syrup together until well blended
  3. Add mixed dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix very well
  4. Sprinkle cornstarch in 2-3 increments over the pumpkin mixture making sure to stir cornstarch into the mixture very well - you don't want lumps
  5. Pour pumpkin mixture into unbaked pie shell
  6. Bake in a pre-heated 350° oven for about 1 hour or until tester comes out clean
  7. Do not over bake, once tester comes out clean remove from oven and set on the counter, center may still be soft and wobbly when shake, it will set firm as it cools.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. I serve it with spray canned coconut whipped cream I buy at Safeway next to the Rediwhip.
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Spicy Blistered Green Olives

The humble green olive, you gotta love them!  Olives and eating them have been around for thousands of years.  Evidence of its cultivation and consumption dates back almost 6000 years to the Levant area in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Crete.  Olive oil has been traded since pre-Christian times.  And I believe olives have been cooked and eaten in some way or another since then.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they made Spicy Blistered Green Olives in a fire pit back in the day!

In fact my husband who was born in the Middle East in what is today known as the West Bank has many childhood memories of eating freshly roasted olives prepared by his grandmother during the olive picking season.  To hear his stories one is led to believe that his grandmother prepared it in the centuries old way of roasting them over an open fire in the yard, the same place she made her flat breads.

Actually today we still eat olives prepared the same way pretty much as they were prepared way back then because you really can’t eat the fruit picked straight from the tree.  Yes, olives are fruit not veggies, but fresh from the tree they are basically inedible.  They’re bitter and have an unappetizing texture.  To make olives edible they must be brined, roasted, or cooked in some way.  Most of us in the US know only the brined or pickled olives that we find in cans and jars in the supermarket, or floating in a martini, rarely do we find fresh olives that we must prepare at home.

We’ve also “discovered” or really “re-discovered” that olives are healthy for us.  A fact which was known thousands of years ago.  Olives are packed with nutrients that have many benefits.  Olives are heart healthy and has been shown to prevent heart disease; studies have shown that green olives can prevent osteoporosis; olives contain large amounts of antioxidants which help prevent certain types of cancers; they can help reduce Arthritis inflammation and pain; and they are believed to be natural treatments for ulcers.  The list actually goes on so I think it’s safe to say that including olives and olive oil in your diet has positive health benefits.

Having said all that I know that not everyone is overly found of olives and I doubt there’ll be a mad rush to buy barrels of brined olives.  So here’s a recipe inspired by my husband’s stories about his grandma’s roasted olives that might help you like olives enough to include them in your diet.  I call them Spicy Blistered Green Olives, but unlike the grandma I cook them on my stove and not outside in an open fire; although if you have a fire pit you might want to give it a go!

Spicy Blistered Green Olives are delicious!  You can eat them hot or cold, they make awesome appetizers, and terrific snacks.  I usually leave a bowl of Spicy Blistered Green Olives on the table and everyone who walks by can’t help but pop an olive or two in his mouth each time they walk by.

Aside from the fact that they’re simply yummy and have positive health benefits these Spicy Blistered Green Olives are super easy to make.  They are a healthier alternative to chips, cookies, and other carbohydrate laden snacks out there.  So here’s the recipe!

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Spicy Blistered Green Olives

Ingredients:

1  10oz. Jar of Garlic Stuffed Green Olives

2 Tbs Olive Oil

2 Tbs Minced Garlic

1 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 Tbl Crushed Red Pepper

1 Tbl Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions:

Heat olive oil in sauté pan

Drain Olives and add contents of jar including garlic pieces to the hot oil

Cook until all sides start to turn brown and the olive sort of starts to get wrinkles

Add minced garlic and cook until it starts to brown

Add salt and peppers and mix well

Remove from heat and drizzle lemon juice over all

Toss a bit and serve

 


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Tasty green olives that are a great healthy alternative to carb laden snacks.
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Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in sauté pan
  2. Drain Olives and add contents of jar including garlic pieces to the hot oil
  3. Cook until all sides start to turn brown and the olive sort of starts to get wrinkles
  4. Add minced garlic and cook until it starts to brown
  5. Add salt and peppers and mix well
  6. Remove from heat and drizzle lemon juice over all
  7. Toss a bit and serve
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