Monday, September 9, 2019

Hasselback Fondue Potato Bake #BakingBloggers

There are two stars of this recipe for hasselback fondue potato bake: First up are the new potatoes, sliced and roasted, opening up nicely so star number two, the cheese, can melt right inside. The finishing touches of wine and cream, not to mention quick pickled onions, make this dish one you’ll cook again and again.

Food Lust People Love: There are two stars of this recipe for hasselback fondue potato bake: First up are the new potatoes, sliced and roasted, opening up nicely so star number two, the cheese, can melt right inside. The finishing touches of wine and cream, not to mention quick pickled onions, make this dish one you’ll cook again and again. This recipe is adapted from one on the .delicious magazine website called hasselback potato bake.  It is described as “a love affair between crisp, roast potatoes and melted cheese – more specifically fondue.”


Here I am channeling Nigella again. (Did you see the almond clementine cake in my last post? So good!) I think it is something to do with the weather turning just a bit cooler and I am motivated to share warming recipes. My apologies to everyone who is still in Indian summer mode, but it’s getting chilly here in the Channel Islands. We aren’t turning the heat on yet but I am certainly enjoying having the oven on in the kitchen again.

The first time I ever heard of hasselback potatoes was on one of Nigella’s shows, probably 10 years ago, and instantly they became one of my favorite dishes. Because who doesn’t love a roast potato that opens up for more butter and/or gravy? No one, that’s who.

Hasselback Fondue Potatoes

This recipe is adapted from one on the .delicious magazine website called hasselback potato bake.  It is described as “a love affair between crisp, roast potatoes and melted cheese – more specifically fondue.” Theirs also called for kirsch, which I know can be a traditional addition to fondue but I am not a fan. Add a sprinkle with the cream and wine if you are.

Ingredients
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Pinch sugar
Pinch salt
1 1/2 pounds or 680g new potatoes, scrubbed clean
1/4 cup or 57g butter, melted, plus extra for the baking pan
6 bay leaves
1/2 garlic bulb, halved horizontally
Fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 3/4 oz or 250g mature cheddar (or your favorite mix of flavorful cheeses)
1/3 cup or 78ml whipping cream
1/3 cup or 78ml dry white wine

Note: Substitute your favorite cheese for this dish. I used primarily a Welsh cheddar with garlic and herbs, called Green Thunder, plus really sharp extra mature cheddar to make up my required amount.

Method
Put the sliced onion in a small bowl. Pour the vinegar over the onion and add the pinches of salt and sugar and stir. Set aside to marinate.



Grate your cheese/s. If using more than one kind, mix them together now.

Preheat your oven to 400°F or 200°C and prepare your baking pan or casserole dish by greasing it with a little butter. Choose a vessel that fits your potatoes fairly snugly so they will stay cut side up without rolling around.

Rest each potato on a wooden spoon and cut slices all the way across, just down to the spoon.


Arrange the potatoes in the buttered pan. Use a pastry brush to coat them with half of the melted butter. Tuck the bay leaves and garlic in between the potatoes and sprinkle the whole dish with fine sea salt and a few generous grinds of black pepper.





Roast the potatoes in your preheated oven for about 30-35 minute, or until they are golden and almost cooked through. (Poke them with a fork to check.)

Baste the potatoes with the remaining butter and return the pan to the oven for another 15 minutes. The slits of the hasselback potatoes should really be opening up now, ready to absorb the delicious cheese, cream and wine that are coming!


Remove the baking pan from the oven and sprinkle on half of the grated cheese. Pour half of the wine over the potatoes, followed by half of the cream.



Set aside a few slivers of the pickled onion and scatter half of the balance on top of the cheese.

Food Lust People Love: There are two stars of this recipe for hasselback fondue potato bake: First up are the new potatoes, sliced and roasted, opening up nicely so star number two, the cheese, can melt right inside. The finishing touches of wine and cream, not to mention quick pickled onions, make this dish one you’ll cook again and again. This recipe is adapted from one on the .delicious magazine website called hasselback potato bake.  It is described as “a love affair between crisp, roast potatoes and melted cheese – more specifically fondue.”

Follow this with the rest of the cheese, wine and cream, then top with the second half of the pickled onion.

Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the whole dish is bubbling. If the cheese isn’t browned enough, you can turn the broiler on for a few minutes but do not step away, if you do. Cheese can burn quickly!

Top with the few reserved slivers of onion to serve, for a last pop of color and freshness.

Food Lust People Love: There are two stars of this recipe for hasselback fondue potato bake: First up are the new potatoes, sliced and roasted, opening up nicely so star number two, the cheese, can melt right inside. The finishing touches of wine and cream, not to mention quick pickled onions, make this dish one you’ll cook again and again. This recipe is adapted from one on the .delicious magazine website called hasselback potato bake.  It is described as “a love affair between crisp, roast potatoes and melted cheese – more specifically fondue.”


Enjoy!

This month my Baking Blogger friends are sharing their favorite recipes with potatoes. Many thanks to our host Sue of Palatable Pastime for her behind the scenes work and this delicious theme. Check out all the tasty potato recipes below.


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Food Lust People Love: There are two stars of this recipe for hasselback fondue potato bake: First up are the new potatoes, sliced and roasted, opening up nicely so star number two, the cheese, can melt right inside. The finishing touches of wine and cream, not to mention quick pickled onions, make this dish one you’ll cook again and again. This recipe is adapted from one on the .delicious magazine website called hasselback potato bake.  It is described as “a love affair between crisp, roast potatoes and melted cheese – more specifically fondue.”

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