Baby Ancho Hasselback Potatoes & A Giveaway!

It’s the first official day of summer! Let’s celebrate with a dance around the maypole!

Brain’s Better Half:  “Uh, M.? This isn’t King Arthur’s court. Perhaps these lords and ladies would prefer to celebrate with something a little more timely?”

M.:  OK. How about a recipe for some spicy baby potatoes that are the perfect side dish for your next cookout and a GIVEAWAY?”

Brain’s Better Half:  “Sounds great!”

I just love potatoes – I really do. And spicy potatoes are even better.

These baby potatoes caught my eye, well, because they’re cute. So I decided to Hasselback them, season them up and roast the heck out of them…  just delish.

In case you aren’t familiar with Hasselback potatoes, they’re simply potatoes that are prepared by making a series of deep parallel slits along the top of the potato, but not all the way through, the idea being that they’ll cook more quickly and be more open (pardon the pun) to any seasoning and/or dressing you might want to apply.

Don’t be nervous about Hasselbacking small potatoes – it just requires a sharp knife and a little concentration. In other words, you probably shouldn’t be tweeting while you’re Hasselbacking your baby potatoes. Take it from me. I tried and ended up with a big Hasselback fail on my hands. We’re talking Hasselbacking and Hasselfronting. Best to leave the tweeting to after the potatoes are in the oven.

What I really love about these potatoes is that they’re perfectly sized for each bite to contain just the right amount of crunchy, spicy roasted potato skin AND soft, golden potato insides. It’s the golden potato ratio! Everyone will applaud and dance around the maypole in your honor when you serve them alongside burgers, summer chicken salad, grilled fish, or other delightful veggies.

And just to get you even more excited about these potatoes, I’m sharing with one lucky winner a collection of goodies from Melissa’s Produce!

That’s right, the lucky winner of this giveaway will score a prize package that includes the following:

  • One (1) 6 oz. package of red quinoa;
  • One (1) 6 oz. package of farro;
  • One (1) 6 oz. package of freekeh (naturally roasted green wheat);
  • One (1) 1.5 lb. bag of ruby gold potatoes;
  • One (1) 8 oz. box of baby beets;
  • One (1) 17.63 box of lentils;
  • And one (1) gorgeous hardcover cookbook from Melissa’s that’s chock full of delicious ideas for cooking and baking with organic produce.

So what are you waiting for?

To enter to win this prize pack from Melissa’s Produce simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite type of produce is.

To earn extra entries to win you can follow me on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, and leave separate comments telling me that you’ve done so.

To earn even more entries you can Tweet or post on Facebook the following message and leave separate comments telling me that you’ve done so:

I just entered to win a Produce Lover’s prize pack from @MelissasProduce & @ScarlettaBakes! You can enter to win here:

This giveaway closes at 12:00 a.m. PST, Thursday, June 28, 2012. One (1) winner will be randomly selected to win one (1) Melissa’s Produce prize pack as described above. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours from notification to claim their prize. Sorry, international friends:  this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck! Now go make some Baby Ancho Hasselback Potatoes and then take a twirl around the maypole!

UPDATE:  This giveaway has ended and Lynna H. is the lucky winner! Thank you for all of your entries!

Baby Ancho Hasselback Potatoes

1 1/2 lbs. baby Dutch yellow potatoes
1 tbsp. ancho chile, ground
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt, finely ground
1 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
1 tsp. cumin, ground
2 tbsp. peanut oil (any light oil may be substituted)
shredded queso fresco to finish (Optional)

Preheat oven to 400°.

Prepare the potatoes Hasselback style by making a series of parallel slices along the top of the potato that do not go all the way through the potato. I have read tutorials on preparing baby Hasselback potatoes that suggest placing the potato in a tablespoon before you cut into it, thus preventing yourself from slicing all the way through. I did not find this technique to be necessary and, in fact, found it challenging to balance the spoon while simultaneously cutting through the potato. I recommend just holding the potato firmly and cutting carefully and slowly down into the potato.

Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl and toss with oil, ancho, salt, cumin and black pepper – don’t fret if some of the seasoning and oil settles at the bottom of the bowl. You just want each potato to be well-coated. You can also gently pull the potatoes apart at the cuts and spread a little of the leftover seasoned oil inside the potatoes.

Place the potatoes, cut-side up, on a nonstick baking pan and roast for 40 minutes. Finished potatoes will be crisp, darkened and fragrant. Remove, top with optional cheese garnish and serve immediately.

YIELD:  approximately 4-6 servings


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    Jennifer Essad says

    So glad “Famous Idaho Potatoes shared this link – I will be making this scrumptious recipe for the 4th of July bbq!

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    Patrica says

    Just liked your Facebook page, the recipes look amazing. My favorite produce is fresh tomatoes. It is a challenge to get my husband to eat healthy, so I’m looking forward to trying your recipes!! thanks.

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    Katy says

    I love figs picked straight from the tree, they’re so amazing, and nothing is more satisfying than picking something off a tree and enjoying it, still warm from the sun with the breeze blowing on you.
    I just became a child again typing that out. :D

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    It’s virtually impossible to pick a favorite type of produce, but I really love tomatoes and berries!! And basically whatever is in season and super fresh… fresh produce = heaven.

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    I know it won’t sound original or anything, but my fav produce is potatoes. I could eat them everyday! Love your ancho hasselbacks! Something I wanted to try for a while now…

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    Spicy potatoes are awesome! I don’t trust myself enough with a knife to make these, though. And as for my favorite produce, do I have to pick just one? If I have to, it’d be fresh carrots from the farmers market. :)

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    Has to be spinach and lettuce! I have tried hasselbacks once and it was in our smoker. Wouldn’t recommend smoked potatoes. These, however, look quite tasty!

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    anita says

    i love golden beets and kale.ohhh don’t forget brussel sprouts with bacon heheheh. i used to hate veggies. now i eat the healthies superfoods :)

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    Nora says

    Just made this with new, local spuds and they were beyond tasty! Thanks for the new approach to potatoes. My favorite produce is hard to narrow down. Like other posters I think there is a whole lot to choose from but I have more than a slight rhubarb obsession. I dream about it and never tire of that unique taste and texture.

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    Favorite produce–local and something I haven’t tried before. Some new-to-me produce …irois, red rain, Japanese eggplant…Love the farmer’s market!

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    Judy says

    Oh my goodness, I have SO many favorites when it comes to produce, (corn on the cob, red and yellow beets, spinach, peaches,) …..there is hardly one I don’t like. If I have to choose one, I would say sweet potatoes….just love them! I will definitely be making these Hasselbeck potatoes for sure, they look SUPERB!!!

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    Mary says

    There’s so many to choose from!! I would have to choose watermelon, especially during this 90 degree northeast summer! I would love to win this giveaway — how generous!

  13. 54

    Beth says

    Man, that’s a hard choice! Beets? Asparagus? Kale? Peaches? Yeah, fresh peaches. Or strawberries. I’ll stop now.

  14. 53

    Taryn says

    I absolutely love kale! It’s so versatile and it never dies inside of my fridge. Soups, salads, quick sautés and’ chips. Just lovely!

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    Danielle says

    I like something different for every season! But I would say right now Mango, avocado, lime, strawberries and spinach I get them everytime I go to the store!!

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    Marie says

    I just can’t get enough tomatoes in the summer!! I wait all winter long for those babies to come in season and then I use them in EVERYTHING. My favorite produce for sure.

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    sally williams says

    My favorite produce is potatoes… and spinich…. And just about any kind of squash… Why should I be limited to just one when it’s all so good lol

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    These little potatoes are adorable! I’ve seen potatoes prepared this way, but never had the term hasselback to with it…now I know:)
    My favorite produce…that’s a tough one! Right now I’m loving blackberries! Just picked some this morning!

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    Absolutely love your blog! I use disposable wooden chopsticks when making a lot of these potatoes. The chopsticks are kind of square so they don’t roll around on your cutting board, once set you can just slap the potatoes in and out, and they prevent even a distracted cook from making the cuts wrong.

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    Julie says

    Sweet corn! No, maybe fresh peaches. Hmmm…strawberries? New potatoes. That’s it…ok. Clearly, I like fresh produce way too much. :)

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    Lori says

    Hey. I’ve got a trick that works better than the spoon. Use a pair of disposable chopsticks. Put one on either side of the potato and cut all the way til you touch the chopsticks… You can’t cut all the way through!! Enjoy.

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    Amber F. says

    I think my favorite produce is asparagus. No….broccoli! Wait, no, lemons! No, that’s not right…artichokes! Dang it! I think all produce is my favorite. Being a vegematarian, it would be silly to not like something…but my LEAST favorite produce is green peppers. Too bitter. All other peppers? Perfect.

    Please send me produce. I will gobble it up. I’ll even cook it first. Maybe.

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