Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes with Bacon are an easy but impressive potato dish to serve at special occasion dinners. Tailor them to your own tastes by choosing different types of cheese and other toppings.
Potatoes are one of our favorite side dishes. They are cheap, filling, and usually very easy to make. While growing up, potatoes were a mainstay because feeding a family eight was no easy task. Even now, I keep my potato bin stocked with different types – russet, Yukon gold, baby red, white, and of course, sweet potatoes.
If you look at the potato recipes on this blog, you’ll see a wide variety. From my Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes to my Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes to my Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes, we love them all.
This hasselback recipe? What can I say?
- Cheesy – Oh the cheese! You’ll taste it in every single bite.
- Salty – The parmesan cheese and bacon add to this, because a bland potato is no bueno.
- A delicious, tender texture – The slim little slices in each potato make these fun to eat. I find myself wanting to eat the slices one by one with my fingers, instead of digging in with a fork. But eat them as you like!
Ingredients needed for Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes with Bacon:
- Potatoes – I used white potatoes for these, but russet would be good too.
- Olive Oil – Extra Virgin olive oil.
- S&P – I’m a fan of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Garlic – Some freshly minced garlic adds some nice flavor.
- Cheese – I used sharp cheddar cheese, sliced thin. You could use whatever kind of cheese you like here.
- Bacon – Just a few slices of crumbled bacon adds some great saltiness.
- Parmesan – Freshly grated parmesan cheese, always!
- Additional Toppings – You could serve these potatoes with butter, sour cream, extra cheese, and chopped green onions.
How to make Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes with Bacon:
- Prep. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice potatoes. Take a potato, one at a time, and slice thinly without going all the way through. I find using two wooden utensils on either side of the potato (using a sharp knife and a cutting board) to help greatly.
- Microwave potatoes. – Microwave one potato at a time, for about four minutes for each. The potatoes will be almost fully cooked. Place on the baking dish, add some minced garlic, drizzles of olive oil, and generous pinches of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Add cheese. Thinly slice the cheese, and add an even amount of slices to each potato, tucking them in between the strips of potato. Then add some crumbled bacon as well.
- Bake. Bake the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until they are fork tender. This may depend on the size and shape of the potatoes.
- Serve. Serve potatoes with some butter, extra cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions.
Types of Potatoes that I cook with:
- Russet Potatoes – AKA Idaho potatoes, these are starchy with a mealy flesh. I use these mostly for mashing (after boiling) and baking.
- Red Potatoes – These potatoes have a waxy flesh, that gets creamy when cooked. They are generally small and have thin red skins. I love them for roasting and using in soups.
- Sweet Potatoes – Probably our favorite potatoes (especially the hubby) and most consumed. These are a naturally sweet potato, relatively starchy in nature. I use them for many things including, roasting, baking, and mashing.
- White Potatoes – More of a waxy potato, these are either white or gold in color. Yukon Gold is a type of white potato, and are known for their buttery flavor. I love using these potatoes for roasting, baking, and sautéing.
Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes with Bacon
- 4 medium white potatoes – sliced hasselback style
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
- 2 cloves garlic – minced
- 8 oz. cheddar cheese – sliced thin
- 4 slices bacon – cooked and crumbled
- 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese – ore more
- sour cream, butter, green onions – to serve
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare baking dish with parchment paper.
- Take one potato at a time, and placing it between two wooden utensils, slice thin slits in the potato in the short direction (width). Repeat for all four potatoes.
- Microwave the potatoes, one at a time, for approximately four minutes each. (They will be almost fully cooked.) Place on baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper (to taste).
- Slice the cheese into thin strips. Place about 2 oz. of cheese into the strips of each potato. Then place some crumbled bacon into each potato as well.
- Bake on 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and other toppings of your choice (like butter, sour cream, green onions etc.).
- Be careful when slicing the potatoes. I like to use two wooden utensils on either side of the potato to keep me from slicing through.
- Microwaving the potatoes before baking cuts down cook time.
- Feel free to try other types of cheese, like Monterey Jack, pepper-jack, smoked gouda, etc.