Hasselback style potatoes, sometimes called accordion potatoes, look like a fancy steakhouse worthy side, but are actually pretty simple to make. This slow cooker version is an easy and delicious side dish that is sure to become one of your favorite potato dishes.
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Why You'll Love This Easy Hasselback Potato Recipe:
- Easy: Seriously, the hardest part is not slicing all the way through the potatoes. These are right up there with my crockpot mashed sweet potatoes in terms of ease.
- Versatile: Since they're effectively fancy baked potatoes, these pair well with almost any main dish. They're easy enough for a weeknight dinner, and perfect for a special occasion like a holiday meal too.
- Delicious: While they stay whole, cutting reasonably thin slices into the potatoes allows the butter to get inside all the crevices as it cooks, making them taste decadent.
Let's Get Started! Here's What You'll Need:
Russet Potatoes- You can swap in a different kind if you prefer, but the shape and texture of russets works great here. Don't go for the giant ones though, we're looking for the smaller potatoes you'd generally see sold in a 5 or 10 pound bag, in the 4-6 oz range.
Butter- I'm using salted butter, but unsalted will be fine if that's what you have since we're adding additional salt.
Garlic Powder- This is the primary spice we're blending into our butter mixture. If you happen to have roasted garlic on hand you could swap that, but powder keeps it easy for us.
Sea Salt- Which brings out the natural, mild flavors in the potato.
Black Pepper- For a bit more flavor in our garlic butter mixture.
You'll of course need your trusty slow cooker! For 6 potatoes we'll need a larger, oval crockpot, but if you're halving the recipe you could use a smaller circular cooker. For slicing we'll also need a cutting board, small sharp knife, and something to keep you from slicing all the way through the potatoes. I used butter knives here, but wooden spoon handles or chopsticks are other good options. We'll also need a small bowl and fork for the butter mash.
How To Make This Hasselback Potatoes Recipe:
Step 1: Hasselback your Hasselbacks
First things first, go ahead and grab that butter out of the fridge if you haven't so it can soften while we prepare the potatoes. Then give your spuds a good scrub and set up your cutting station. Place your utensil (butter knife, wooden spoons, or chopsticks) on either side of the potato, and cut ½" thick slices most of the way through the potato. Take extra care at the ends, depending on the shape of your potato the utensil you're using may not quite reach them, so that's the place you're most likely to accidentally cut through the bottom. I know because I've done it!
Step 2: Mash The Butter Mixture
Combine your butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small or medium bowl- and hold onto the wrapper from that stick of butter. Fork mash until it is well combined. If your butter needs softened still you can microwave it for about 10 seconds- we need it soft enough to work with but don't want it to melt before it goes on the potatoes. Slowly melting into the crevices as it cooks is what makes these so flavorful!
Step 3: Slather The Potatoes
Top each potato with its fair share of your garlic herb butter. You don't need to press it down into the cuts, but you'll want to see that the slices of potato are slightly opened. The butter will hold them that way until it melts, and that makes sure the butter gets into those little gaps.
Step 4: Slow Cook
Grease your slow cooker with the wrapper from the stick of butter, paying more attention to the sides- the bottom of your slow cooker will end up with plenty of butter. Next place your slathered potatoes into the slow cooker, spacing them as evenly as you can. Place the lid on top and turn your crock pot on HIGH for 3 hours.
Step 5: Serve & Enjoy
Your potatoes are ready once they're fork tender, you can check the middle of your largest potato to make sure they're done. When serving you can add a bit of melted butter from the bottom of the slow cooker with a spoon or pastry brush if you want. These pair beautifully with tri tip or any other steak, meatballs, chicken drumsticks, and more. Or load them up with some bacon and cheese and make them the star!
Anything you enjoy on a typical baked potato is delicious on a buttery hasselback as well. Use any of your favorite toppings like sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and fresh chives. You can also top them with chili, pulled pork, or pepper steak to incorporate them into the main meal.
The style became popular after being served at the Hasselbacken restaurant in Sweeden. A cook there is often credited with creating them, but other sources cite a cookbook that would predate that. Either way, they're a great twist on the typical baked potato!
If you need these to be dairy free you can try an oil based butter substitute, just choose one that is solid. I wouldn't swap it for a liquid like olive oil because it won't be able soak into the crevices of the potato slices as it melts, which contributes to the richness of the dish.
No. While a lot of slow cooker potato dishes use foil, there's no need here.
Need more potato side dishes?
For the slow cooker, these mashed sweet potatoes are a great choice. If you've got some garlic heads to roast these air fryer mashed potatoes cook alongside them. Need fast? These roasted sweet potato slices fit the bill.
I hope you love these decadent and buttery potatoes! Be sure to come back and let me know how they turned out for you with a comment or star rating. As always, happy eating!
Slow Cooker Hasselback Potatoes Recipe
- 2 lb russet potatoes small or medium potatoes
- 8 tablespoon butter softened
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Wash potatoes and place utensils (ie chopsticks, butter knife or wooden spoon handles) on either side of the first potato. Carefully slice most of the way through each potato, about ½" apart, taking extra care at the ends not to slice through the bottom. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
- Combine butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and fork mash until well combined. Divide evenly on the top of each potato.
- Place potatoes into a greased slow cooker and place the lid on top. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or until potatoes are fork tender. If desired, top with melted butter from the slow cooker when serving.
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate. It is recommended to use your preferred calculator with the actual ingredients you use for optimal accuracy.