If you’re looking for a striking side dish or appetizer that will impress your guests, try these Mini Hasselback or Hasselhoff’s as I am starting to call them now. The first time I made these a few weeks ago I was doing an Instagram Live video and accidentally called them Hasselhoffs and that caught on and now that’s what I call them, jokingly. These would be perfect for next weeks Game Day party for sure. These were featured on Food and Wine Instagram account today, so you know they are good.
These are my new favorite to serve as a side dish with meat, fish or other veggies. I also think these make an excellent appetizer for a party, game day, or any other event. I made them for a birthday party we went to this afternoon and they were a hit. It was nice to have something different on the appetizer table for sure.
Ever since I started doing the Whole30 program in the beginning of January for the 4th time, I have been trying to be creative with my food. If you don’t know what Whole30 is, I’ll tell you the short story. You eat meat, fish, veggies, fruits and small amount of nuts and good fats, like my new obsession, Duck Fat. I am challenging myself to make homemade sauces, mayonnaise (best tasting, never going back to the store bought stuff) and now I tried making my own mustard as well. I am huge fan of mustard and didn’t think it was going to be easy to make it… I was so wrong. The most basic ingredients to make a spectacular flavored mustard. If you are a fan of mustard, especially grainy mustard, you will love this dip.
Though mini hasselback potatoes look fancy, the recipe is easy and straightforward. You will impress your family and guests for sure. It takes a bit of practice to cut these, but worth the effort at the end.
Basically, you want to cut 1/8-inch thick slices in the potatoes, but not all the way through, so the slices are attached about 3/4 way down. This can be a bit of a challenge and time consuming, but I have a few tricks that will help you practice cutting these and once you get good at it, you can just use a knife with no support like I do. The knife I love to use is this Shun knife.
1. Put a couple of chopsticks on each side of the potato, so the knife doesn’t go through all the way.
2. Use a wooden spoon as a cradle. This is my favorite method when I first started.Let’s get started. You wont need much to make these. The great thing is that you can add different toppings on the potatoes once they cook the first round, it can be pieces of bacon, cheese, different herbs or different type of fat. But first give them a try how I have them and then get creative. SERVES 6
20-30 or about 2 lbs of mini potatoes, mixed variety like Yukon gold and baby reds
1/4 C duck fat, or other fat like olive oil, butter or bacon fat, you might not need all of it
fresh thyme, this will be tucked in the cut crevasses of the cut potato
generous amount of sea salt, I used this smoked salt by Jacobsen Salt on mine
pretty baking dish or a fun enamel tray
silicone basting brush
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Slice all your potatoes into 1/8-inch cuts 3/4 of the way down without cutting all the way through, arrange them in your baking dish cut side up.
3. Use a basting brush to brush on a layer of the duck fat.
4. Rip the tops off of fresh thyme and tuck small amounts in between layers, I do 3 areas for the larger potatoes and two for the smaller, but you can add less or more, up to your liking.
5. Sprinkle a generous amount of sea salt on top, this will be the only seasoning so you want it to have the salty flavor. I used the smoked salt by Jacobsen Salt, but you can use regular sea salt if you don’t want to get that salt. It’s totally worth the investment though, I use it on meats as well to add that smokey flavor and it’s so good.
6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes covered.
7. Take the tray out of the oven, turn up the heat to 450F.
8. Place it back for an additional 25-30 minutes uncovered.
9. Serve immediately as a side or cold for an appetizer, if you serve it as an appetizer keep reading for the mustard-mayo dip.
Mustard is so easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. You can add different flavors to make a fun flavor combination. It’s so surprising to me how the store bought mustards have many additives and preservatives. Making your own is good for you and tastes 100 times better than the store bought version. This mustard has a nice kick of spice to it, so be ware of the heat. Plus it’s Whole30 approved! Ok and the photo of the mustard is not all glamorous, I took it with my phone at a different time really quick, but this way you will see what it looked like before I whizzed it up.
BASIC GROUND MUSTARD
1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds, I get mine here
1/2 brown mustard seeds from here
1 cup vinegar or your choice, I used Bragg Apple Cider vinegar
ADDED FLAVORS FOR MUSTARD
sea salt to taste, I used the same smoked salt as the potatoes above, but you can use regular
1-2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
8 cloves of roasted garlic
1/4 lemon, more if you want a more zesty flavor
OTHER OPTIONS FOR FLAVORS, not Whole30 approved
white wine, beer, cider, honey, caraway, coriander, rosemary and chillies
1 mason jar
1. Place both mustard seeds in a mason jar.
2. Pour in the vinegar and close the lid tightly.
3. Leave on the counter over night.
4. Next morning place the mustard seeds and the added flavors into a food processor and blend until you get a desired consistency. The yellow mustard will grind more and the brown will stay whole. That’s how you get the stone ground looking mustard.
5. Adjust seasoning to your liking, if it’s a bit thick you can add a little bit of water to make it more thinned out.MUSTARD-MAYO DIP
4 tbsp homemade mustard, from above recipe
4 tbsp homemade mayo from my post here
1/4 lemon juiced
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
smoked sea salt or regular sea salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy with the potatoes, also really good on meats or as a veggie dip.
I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe. Come show me some love over on Instagram after you make these little “Hasselhoffs” hehe.
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