Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are an incredible side dish option perfect for fall. With brown sugar and marshmallows (optional), you don’t just have to serve sweet potato casserole to make a splash.
Hasselback potatoes, cut in beautiful slices, are a fabulous side dish that is not only impressionable but amazingly tasty.
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Here is the thing about holidays: we want to rush. We are so busy shopping, cooking, gifts, and hosting that we don’t always step back and enjoy the moment.
Consider these Hasselback sweet potatoes your moment. No matter how hard you try, you cannot rush perfection…or potatoes.
Potatoes need time to cook in the oven, so if you are looking for a quick side dish option, try roasted asparagus, cranberry sauce, or even use the pressure cooker for quickness as I did with these green beans and bacon.
If you are looking for a delicious, striking, and mouthwatering option, make sure you preheat the oven and give it the hour it needs to roast properly.
- Sweet potatoes – Unliked the typical Russet potatoes used in many baking dishes, use orange sweet potatoes that are washed and dried. Skins should be left on.
- Other simple ingredients: melted butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, and maple syrup.
Hasselback Potato Cooking Tips: This takes about 10 minutes to put together and 50-60 minutes to bake. If you put this on a prepared baking sheet, I’d line it with Aluminum foil.
The sugar + butter combo typically burns when not directly on the potatoes and the foil allows for a much easier clean up.
How to make a Hasselback Sweet Potato
- Preheat the oven to a temperature of 400 degrees.
- Use two wooden spoon handles placed on each side of the sweet potato to cut 1/4″ crosswise cuts into the sweet potato. Place on a rimmed baking sheet or in a baking dish.
- Add melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together and use a basting brush to brush onto the potatoes.
- Mix pecans and maple syrup and set aside.
- Bake for cooking time of approximately 50-60 minutes or until potatoes are soft in the center.
- Five minutes before removing from the oven, add pecans and maple syrup; I found using my fingers worked best, and top each potato. You can also add mini marshmallows at this point if you like!
- Return to oven warm-up for 5 minutes.
What other Gourmet Seasonings go with Sweet Potatoes?
While most people prefer a traditional and classic sweet potato smothered in brown sugar, marshmallows, and butter, sweet potatoes taste amazingly savory. Try an unsalted butter mixture with fresh thyme leaves, add some golden-brown Parmesan cheese, or use simple garlic butter.
Whatever fresh herbs you use to create a savory flavor (if you go that route), make sure to include lots of butter.
Unlike a typical roasted baked potato recipe, it is not recommended for the starchy sweet potato to add sour cream. Another thing I usually avoid personally is black pepper and kosher salt. Unless the recipe calls for a change from sweet to savory, those common seasonings can be offputting.
Tips on cutting Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
The original accordion cut can seem intimidating. Make sure you use a sharp knife, making raw potatoes cut a lot easier.
As noted, place spoons on either side of the potato. This prevents a cut from going THROUGH the potato and cutting it in half accidentally. Cut as close as you can near the bottom without going through.
Sweet potatoes themselves are, but a vegan recipe will still depend on what other ingredients you use, so this answer will vary.
This recipe became popular because a chef in Stockholm began cutting the potatoes in a fan/accordion shape. This information comes from Wikipedia, so not sure of the accuracy.
Related Sweet Potato Recipes
- Stovetop mashed sweet potatoes are unique and delicious!
- Marry up those mashed potatoes with a mashed potato swirl recipe.
- There is no better crock pot sweet potato casserole recipe than this.
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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- 4 sweet potatoes - washed and dried, skins left on
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Use 2 wooden spoons placed on each side of the unpeeled sweet potato. The spoons assist in stopping the knife from going too far. ut 1/4" slices carefully down into the sweet potato, taking care not to cut through the potato (and cut it in half). Place on baking sheet.
- Add melted butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon together and use a basting brush to brush onto the tops and sides of the potatoes.
- Mix together chopped pecans and maple syrup in a bowl and set aside.
- Bake sweet potatoes for 50-60 minutes or until potatoes are soft in the center.
- 5 minutes before removing from the oven, carefully add diced pecans and maple syrup mixture. I found using my fingers worked best in between each layer and then topping each potato with any extra.
- Return sweet potatoes to the oven warm-up for 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately while hot.
Tips for Cutting Sweet PotatoesThe original accordion cut can seem intimidating. Make sure you use a sharp knife, making raw potatoes cut a lot easier. As noted, place spoons on either side of the potato. This prevents a cut from going THROUGH the potato and cutting it in half accidentally. Cut as close as you can near the bottom without going through.
- Before serving: Cooked chopped bacon
- Last 5 minutes: mini marshmallows