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American traditional home cooking. The vegan diet. Homemade Hasselback Potatoes with fresh herbs and cheese.

4 oval baking potatoes, medium
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Jarlsberg cheese, grated


This easy way to prepare potatoes is becoming increasingly popular in Norway. And it is simply delicious. Once I watched a Norwegian chef place a peeled potato in the hollow of a large wooden spoon, and began to slice it in 1/8 inch (1/4/ cm) slices ’till about 1/2 inch (1 1/4 cm) from the end. (The spoon prevented the knife from slicing all the way through the potato.) So easy! Preheat oven to 425°F (215°C).

As you peel the potatoes, drop them into cold water to prevent discoloring. Slice as explained above. Butter an oven-proof dish. Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place the potatoes side by side, cut side up, in the dish brushed with butter. Brush the potatoes with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. If needed, brush again with melted butter after 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before they are finished, sprinkle with grated cheese and paprika. Total baking time–50 minutes.

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