Hasselback Potatoes and Hasselback Apples –The Show Down

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 28, 2013

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Once upon a time there was a girl who liked to eat.

This girl loves potatoes, especially Hasselback potatoes. One day last fall, she got an idea to make Hasselback baked apples.

She had a feeling this would be the Greatest Dessert She’d Ever Made.

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So she grabbed a couple apples, sharpened her knives, and got to work tediously slicing the apples, row by row.

Her husband looked on, skeptical.

You’ll see, she said. And then you’ll be sorry when I don’t give you any.

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I’m sure I will.

After a few four letter words and near finger removals, she dusted herself off and stuffed the apples with sugar and cinnamon.

This was not fun, not fun at all.

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She carefully placed the apples in the oven and waited ever so patiently for the timer to beep.

Beep!! BEEP! BEEP!!!!

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Your apples are dead.

Beep indeed.

Not one to be easily defeated, she tested a couple different kinds of apples. The apples were very hit and miss, but most importantly, they did no justice to these wonderful apples at the peak of their lives. Especially this one that she stuffed with phyllo dough. Her vision was Hasselback apple pie, but the outcome was a half cooked apple stuffed with soggy plastic sheets.

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It’s best we pretend this never happened.

It’s torture that I can’t have any of those; I just love apple pie, her husband smirked.


Thankfully, this girl has rid herself of any desire to make Hasselback Apples in the future. She can now be found enjoying raw apples straight from the fridge.

Also, Hasselback potatoes straight from the oven.

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Hasselback Potatoes

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  • Russet (baking) potatoes or Yukon Gold (or whichever type you desire)
  • Garlic cloves, thinly sliced into rounds (1 clove per potato)
  • High heat safe cooking oil, for drizzling
  • Herbamare or fine grain sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. Wash potatoes and pat dry.

3. Thinly slice the potatoes, but don’t slice all the way through. I leave about 1-2cm or so at the bottoms un-cut.

4. Grab your thinly sliced garlic and stuff each slice with a small piece of garlic. I used 1 clove per potato. Stuffing with garlic helps expand the potato allowing the oil to drizzle right in.

5. Drizzle all over with oil. Sprinkle generously with Herbamare (or fine grain sea salt) and freshly ground black pepper.

6. Bake at 425F for 50-70 minutes until tender, depending on the size of your potato. My Russets took about 70 minutes. When I use Yukon Gold, they only take about 50 minutes. Keep an eye on them, time will vary.

7. Serve with any desired topping you wish – pesto, salsa, vegan sour cream, hummus, ketchup, or simply enjoy with a pat of non-dairy butter.

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corinne January 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

Perhaps that it basically has “hassle” in the name should have been a hint!


[email protected] SavyNaturalista January 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

Oh Gosh for me to try to do this would take forever; hassleback apples made into apple pie look wonderful I wonder was it as yummy as it looks. The potato may have won but the apples look better :)


Tanya @ playful and hungry January 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

Maybe one should just enjoy a raw hassleback apple! Just with cinnamon and sugar! Or maybe stuffed with some peanut butter….


Wynne January 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

Awww, I wish the apples had worked out. At least they produced some lovely pictures. I’m excited to try your potato recipe–I’ve made these before, but never with garlic slivers, which sound wonderful.


Emily Laliberte January 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

Ha Ha, I love posts like these…makes the rest of us realize we are not the only ones that have recipe Mishaps!


Stephany January 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

All I have to say is “OMG, yummy!”


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

I’m pretty sure I’d lose at least one finger trying to make either of these recipes Ange! Both sound very tasty though! And this is totally random, but every time I see the word Hasselback I think of Hasselhoff. I’d rather have potatoes and apples though!


Niki January 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

For those worried about losing a finger…the easiest way to get consistent depth to your cuts is to place a chopstick on each side of the potato. Your knife will stop at the same depth each cut (read that online…sounded genius).
Obviously you do not have chopsticks the theory could carry over to anything hard and relatively thin.


Geosomin January 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

For some reason this made me think of is the Henderson Hasselbach equation. But then I’m a labrat. What, you mean you didn’t think of pH equilibration too? :)
I love baked apples, so I’m gonna try the apples out for dessert tonight. Yum. Look amazing.


Stockholm Expat January 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

I had never even heard of hasselback potatoes until I moved to Sweden and my Swede made them for me. It’s one of his specialites. Yum.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

Haha – I love the apple story. I can imagine that would be a challenge! I made a hasselbaclk rutabega once. It was awesome but took FOREVER to cook. I should try it again with a smaller one…


Herbivore Triathlete January 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

Funny story, it’s great to see bloggers admit that they sometimes “fail” in the kitchen as well, makes me feel like there’s a human behind the screen.

Hasselback reminds me of Hasselhoff too! And the holla back song.

Never had hasselback potatoes, they look like a great new way for me to eat taters!

The hasselback apple pie sounds like a great concept, too bad it didn’t quite work out!


Melissa January 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

Oh wow, that is a great idea! Too bad it didn’t work out like you hoped, but thanks for sharing anyway. Even things that don’t ‘work’ as we plan can be an inspiration to others.


Christine @ Shot Bun January 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

The best recipes are always the result of many many kitchen failures. Even if the apples didn’t turn out this time, the pictures are gorgeous!


Jamie January 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hasselback sweet potatoes could also be super yummy! Or maybe alternating apple, potato slices?


j dahlberg January 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

Beep indeed!……..I laughed my butt off reading your quaint fairytale reality. I am finding out that a good laugh can cleanse the body just as well as healthful food. Thanks for that! On a side note….I have lost 6 pounds in three weeks just by changing my eating habits to embrace mostly plants and grains. No other changes to my exercise was made. To everyone out there making an effort to break unhealthy habits and try new ones; it works! AND you feel better! There is a reason why all the pictures of the women who comment on this blog look beautiful and vibrant and strong……they are eating the right things to fuel their bodies……..and they are an inspiration to me. God bless.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

hah :) Glad you enjoyed it.
Congrats on all your positive changes!!


a farmer in the dell January 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

Haha! I love a good kitchen disaster story. Potatoes to the rescue!


[email protected] January 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

I really loved this post! The line about your apples being dead made me laugh right out loud. I think it’s great when well-known food bloggers share a failed attempt at something — it helps all of us to feel better about our own kitchen mishaps. The Hasselback potatoes look delicious, and I somehow think you’ll still find a way to make those gorgeous looking baked apples work, too. :)


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Well, Hasselback apples are a FABULOUS idea – I’m so sorry they didn’t work out! I’ve never tried Hasselback potatoes actually, they will have to be on the menu sometime soon. Thanks for sharing your creativity!


Kelli January 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Bahaahaha, your story just made me laugh out loud at work. Oops. The potatoes look delicious… must buy better knives and then give this a try!


The Cookie Fairy January 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Ha! Wonderful story, it made me laugh! Nice idea, though, shame it didn’t work.

I’ve never had Hassleback Potatoes, it sounds lovely. Must try it and wow my boyfriend sometime.


Bigii January 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Have you ever tried “Bratäpfel”? It’s oven baked apples stuffed with cinamon, nuts and jam. I wrap them in foil, they are done faster and keep nice and juicy. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

No I haven’t but that sounds delicious! I love baked apples, but I’ve never stuffed them with jam & nuts before


Averie @ Averie Cooks January 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

The apple LOOKS good. Sorry the results were less than stellar. Ugh. Such high hopes, too! At least the potato worked but I would love to try an apple like this…it just looks so fancy and good and like it would be so delish. Guess not though!


Sarah @ Yogi in Action January 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Aww- I’m sorry to hear your hasselback apples didn’t work out. But the pictures look delicious.

And those potatoes look great! Definitely will be making those


Danielle January 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I got curious and googled. You’ve probably seen this:

Not quite right, but it is something!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm

ah that’s cool!!


Lisa January 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

The idea behind the apples is great! But the potatoes look absolutely delicious and so versatile (different spices/herbs etc..) will be trying these to be sure!


Alexis January 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I need to make this, looks yummy!


Danielle @ Two Love Birds January 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I was sooooo excited about the apples! That’s a bummer. I’ve been meaning to try these potatoes since everyone is in love with them and I haven’t yet. I think I’ll be making them instead of a regular baked potato this week!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I have never heard of these before but they sound good! Can I come over and eat one? :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

you sure can. however you’ll have to beat my husband to the leftover which always proves to be difficult… :)


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan January 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I got so excited to see the apples, but sad too see they didn’t work out! But those potatoes, woo they look so good!


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I’ve never even heard of hasselback potatoes! They look delicious though! I’ll have to try this recipe!


[email protected] January 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Awwww…..but the apples looked so good….


Allison January 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Too bad those apples didn’t work out, because they look ridiculously good!


Holli January 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

That is hilarious! You are so inspiring that despite this mishap, I am now wondering if it’s possible. I will let you know what happens if I try to pick up where you left off:) I love the potatoes!


Andrea January 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Bless your efforts with the apples… and thank you for the recipe with potatoes instead. Looks absolutely deeeee-vine!!! :)



Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Is it weird that your apple attempt makes me want to try them anyway? I think I’m just a stubborn wench like that! I’d say it’d be a pretty delicious “fail.”


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Not weird at all…I still find myself thinking of a good way to make them! we can both be suckers for punishment I guess.


Shobhz January 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hi Angela,

What a lovely lovely story and what a patient husband you have!!! I loved the idea of stuffing the potatoes with garlic slivers. What a great idea! Amazing clicks of the baked potatoe.
My sister loves your blog and she is seriously inspired by your blog to go the vegan way!



Angela (Oh She Glows) January 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thank you, I appreciate it!


Sarah January 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I tried your (less-intimidating-looking!) creamy tomato risotto and BBQ tofu this weekend to rave reviews from my pre-schooler. Thank you!


sheila January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

awesome photos as always! the potato looks delicious


allison January 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Putting a tablespoon underneath the potato stops the knife and no finger loss :-)


Vicki January 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm

What kind of oils are high heat safe?


Bre January 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm

High heat safe oils are ones like coconut oil, grapeseed oil…i think walnut oil is medium high heat or something odd like that. I normally buy Spectrum organic brand (in Ontario, Canada) and i have found this brand along with some others list on the label what type of heat the oil is best suited for. Hope this helps!


lea January 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm

First…I have no intention of trying to make the hasselback apples…however …do you think putting each individual apple in a muffin tin would have worked??…..


Kristina @Run and Assimilate January 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

My mom used to make potatoes like that all the time when I was younger. I loved them but have completely forgotten about them up until now. I know what’s going to be in my dinner soon!


Kristin January 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

This post had me cracking up! I’m sorry your apples didn’t turn out – but they were good for a laugh. I haven’t had potatoes like this in over 20 years. Back then we used to wrap them in foil before cooking. Maybe if you wrapped the apples? Thanks for the chuckle.


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

These look SO good! Thanks so much for sharing such a simple, yet creative recipe :).


laura January 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I’ve always much rather enjoyed apples in their crisp, raw, natural form.
Potatoes on the other hand… :)


Sarah January 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Oh my goodness – I was so rooting for you! So sorry it didn’t work out; I’m sure they would have been delicious. (I also might have just eaten the mush with a spoon if I were you!) Just getting started in my new vegan lifestyle, and I’m excited to try some of your yummy recipes. Thanks for all the info!



Nat @ The Apple Diaries January 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Yum, those potatoes look delish! I’ve become slightly addicted to homemade pesto potatoes but I can’t wait to try this recipe for something a bit different.


Ellen January 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I love this story. It’s so frustrating when you get a vision of something that should be genius…but doesn’t quite work.
Hasselback potatoes are a pretty spiffy consolation relationship though.


Chelsea (Eat With Chelsea) January 29, 2013 at 12:30 am

I never knew these were called Hasselback potatoes but I made them once for a brunch after seeing them on an episode of Barefoot Contessa. I sprinkled on some fresh thyme to give them some extra zip :)

I also didn’t know what to call them so I just called them “Chipped Potatoes”….since the slices looked kind of like potato chips.



gourmande January 29, 2013 at 2:12 am

Ah the apples looked promising, I didn’t want to see them transformed into potatoes… I’m sure you’ll arrange that. Your post made me think and I baked one to confirm my hypothesis, One is you didn’t use the ideal type of apple for baking, another is it can only go softer, so there must be some kind of support… Well, I’ve obtained a “lampion apple” and I’ve just posted it. Mine was delicious. I think the Hasselback cut could work on a tartlet base or in a paper case. Thanks for the idea, You always find original dishes. .


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

Hasselback apples sound like such a good idea! That’s too bad they didn’t work out. I’m sure there must be a way to do it though…


Anu January 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

thank you for showing your misses as well as your hits. Very brave of you and very heartening for the rest of us. Love your blog! :)


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

LOVE the Hasselback apples!!! They both look good, but I’d take the apple! Yummy!!


Hawley January 29, 2013 at 9:49 am

Awww hahaha it was a great sounding idea, even though it didn’t work. Shucks! I hate when I have high hopes and great vision for a dish or dessert and it backfires so badly. Like when I made portobello mushroom burgers as the focus in a whole complete meal, and then the pyrex I had them in shattered as I was taking them out of the oven! Such a bummer.

Those potatoes look amazing, though. I’ve never had hasselback potatoes. My husband is an avid potato chip fanatic so I’m quite sure he’d adore them!


Tanya @ playful and hungry January 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

Haha… I so enjoyed your report of the hassleback apples! Thanks for sharing that story, honestly!


Tammy S. January 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Should you just stick the potatoes right in the oven on a cookie sheet or wrap in aluminum foil?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Good question – I just popped them onto a baking sheet, nothing else.


dhbg January 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Angela – I’ve read your blog for ages, but never commented before. Today I had to, though. I was looking at this post on my phone, half-asleep this AM, and I thought “Hasselback” was the same as “Hasselhoff” – as in David Hasselhoff, star of the series Bay Watch back in the day. I was reading and reading, looking at apples and potatoes, waiting to see how the actor related to the recipe – like perhaps you named it that because you once shared the recipe at a meal with him or something. DUH! I felt so silly when I woke up about twenty minutes later and realized the error. What a space cadet I can be. Anyhow, thought you might chuckle about it too. That aside, the potatoes DO look awesome. I may try this sometime when I have company to impress… you know, maybe David Hasselhoff…. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm

hah!!! Well, you aren’t the only one who thinks of him :)


Mollie @ treasure your being January 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Big points for trying though! Worst part is, I’m sure all those recipes still tasted delicious, they just didn’t have the visual appeal (I don’t know about you, but that’s one of my favorite things about hasselback potatoes).


catriona January 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I’ve always used a wooden spoon to not cut all the way through the potatoes.


Lindsay January 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Ahahahaha! I love that you’re so candid about flop recipes. LOL. Really, though, the hasselback apples look yummy to me too. I have photographed many a flop recipe but just haven’t thought of a good way to showcase the pictures on my blog. You made this one shine. LOVE it.


{Moni} @ Moni Meals January 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I will take one of both please. Thanks! Looks great Ang. :)


Lisa January 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

The un-baked apples look amazing! I bet they would have even tasted great just like that. I wonder if wrapping them individually in foil would help so that they don’t fall apart?


veronica February 2, 2013 at 1:52 am

i thought those apples looked really delicious, and i thought, what if you try putting toothpicks or shishkebob (that is the most amazing word) sticks into the apples to hold them together while they cook? i havent tried it myself yet, bu thought i would share a possible solution:)


Lori February 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

Looks yummy! A great way to slice potatoe’s like this is to lay a wooden spoon on either side of the potatoe. And then slice all the way down to the wooden spoons. The spoons prevent you from accidentally slicing all the way through. I love these! Great website!


Kellie February 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

oooh, I’m going to try a hybrid version of your apple/potato idea and do sweet potatoes with coconut oil, cin and sugar…yuuum!!


Nadine March 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I wonder i the apples would work if you wrapped them in foil before baking try baking the philo dough first.


Marielle June 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Maybe if you wrapped the apples in foil (with a hole on the top for steam and one on the bottom for juices) and baked them at a really low temperature?


JB September 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

This really made me giggle, I love hasselback potatoes but I like that you went to the effort of trying to do the apples so I don’t have to!!


Stef March 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Had to leave a comment because I love that you tried the apples even if it was a big bust. I’m so glad you shared!


Leo February 18, 2015 at 7:53 am

Hello from Germany Angela,

honestly, being a pro consulter for healthy living and fitness, including nutrition, everyday-life-proof workout programs and so on, I read a ton of stuff, very informative, very boring, at best nice to look at.
I never.
Laughed out so hard reading a blog about food, especially about a failed Hasselback Apples recipe XD

Hilarious, still wiping the laughing tears off, I think you have set my right tone of fun. Maybe this expression doesn’ t exist, but I hope you get the point^^
The best thing is eventhough I teach and cook vegan as part of Traditional and Modern Asian Fitness Cuisine and Health Philosophy I am a omnivore.
“… and if there is no meat left, I eat the vegans, then!” …just kidding ;o)

Congratulations for your successes in your quest trying to be the best possible you.
Congratulations to Eric, lucky man, made a really good choice of spouse!

Keep up the good work, Angela, I will read more of your stuff and would definitely subscribe to your newsletter.. if I could find where..?!

Best wishes,



Leo February 18, 2015 at 8:06 am

Oh, forgot to mention.
If you’ re still eager to master these kinds of apple recipes you can look for Asian and German recipes. Maybe you cannot fully understand the descriptions but you’ re experienced enough, you’ ll get the point. In Japan and China there are numerous dessert recipes for half-cut apples, here in Germany, where I’ m living right now, they have a so-called “(half-) sunken apple pie”. These apples often bloom up, too.

And if all else apple fail XD you still can drop me a line, I have developed several recipes, too ;o)


Malik May 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Very Nice Idea


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