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Years ago, I used to love spending several hours preparing special meals. These days I like my time in the kitchen to be fun, short and easy. Which is probably why I started cooking potatoes more often. Dinner with hubby is sometimes baked potatoes with butter or sour cream with a side of chopped tomatoes.
For Thanksgiving, though, I'll break out of my mold and test-drive a few recipes ahead of time. Below is a sampling of 7 potato recipes, all of them easy to make, starting with mashed potatoes with goat cheese to 6 Hasselback potato recipes (also called accordion potatoes). Hasselback potatoes are especially nice for special meals because they look so darn impressive!
Now, onto the recipes...
Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese
If you want to try an alternative to loading up mashed potatoes with butter, try loading them up with goat cheese instead.
2 pounds potatoes (I like to keep the skins on, but peel if you prefer) and cut into chunks
1 clove chopped garlic
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup goat cheese
salt & pepper to taste
- Boil potato chunks: Place in a pot with enough water to cover potatoes, add salt, bring to a boil.
- Cook for approximately 15 minutes (I stick a sharp knife or fork into potatoes -- if the knife/fork easily slides in, they're done cooking)
- Drain water, return potatoes to pot and mash lightly with a potato masher. (Don't overdo mashing -- leave some "chunk" in the potatoes.)
- Mix in milk, goat cheese, salt and pepper and serve (again, don't overdo it or the mashed potatoes will go "flat").
(You can also mix in some washed & chopped kale or steamed broccoli -- approximately 1/2 cup -- along with the milk and goat cheese)
Hasselback Potato Recipes
Hasselback potatoes are the Swedish version of our baked potatoes, named after the Hasselbacken Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Basically, a Hasselback potato is a white potato (such as Yukon Gold, Russet, or red potato) with the skin left on, with a series of cuts made into the potato (like an accordion). You can simply drizzle with olive oil and salt, then roast in the oven for an hour (same amount of time that you bake a potato). Or you can fill each "slash" with something tasty, such as bay leaves or crumbled parmesan cheese before roasting in the oven.
As the potato cooks, the slices fan open, creating a striking presentation. Hasselback potatoes should be served immediately to keep their crispiness.
Hasselback Potato Recipes
Bacon Hasselback Potatoes (Food Network)
Bacon Cheddar Hasselback Potatoes (The Slow Roasted Italian)
Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes (The Novice Chef)
Hasselback Potatoes with Spinach Cashew Pesto (Joy the Baker)
Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes (Look Who's Cookin' Now)
Garlicky Hasselback Potatoes (Around the Table. Loving Food in RI and Beyond)