How to Make Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes With Cheese

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Get ready to enjoy a dish that combines crispy perfection with gooey cheesiness.

Air Fryer Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make Air Fryer Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes that will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds!).

With any air fryer, you can achieve that lovely crisp without the fat and calories of traditional deep frying.

This versatile kitchen gadget uses rapid air technology to evenly cook your potatoes, giving them a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior.

But it’s the addition of melty cheese that takes these Hasselback Potatoes to the next level.

Simply sprinkle your favourite grated cheese over the potatoes and let the air fryer work its magic.

In no time, you’ll have a cheesy, gooey, and yummy side dish.

What are Hasselback Potatoes?

Hasselback Potatoes are a Swedish dish that originated in Stockholm in the 17th century.

These potatoes are thinly sliced, but not all the way through, giving them a fan-like appearance.

The name “Hasselback” comes from the Hasselbacken restaurant where the dish was first served.

The thin slices allow the potatoes to cook faster and also create a crispy texture on the outside while remaining soft and tender on the inside.

The air fryer is perfect for making Hasselback Potatoes as it ensures even cooking and a consistent level of crispiness.

To make Hasselback Potatoes, you’ll need to carefully slice the potatoes, leaving the bottom intact.

This allows the slices to fan out, creating a visually stunning dish.

Cooking display with herbs

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Ingredients

To make Air Fryer Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 125g grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your favourite melting cheese)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Optional toppings: chopped herbs, bacon bits, sour cream

How To Air Fry Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

Preheat your air fryer to 180C/360F for 5 minutes.

Wash and scrub the potatoes thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. Leave the skin on for added texture and flavour.

Place one potato on a cutting board and make thin slices across the potato, about 1/8-inch apart, without cutting all the way through. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.

TIP: To prevent cutting the potatoes all the way through, place wooden spoons or chopsticks on either side of the potato and cut until your knife hits the spoon/chopstick.

Chopsticks to help cut hasselback potatoes

Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes, making sure to get some oil in between the slices. Use your hands or a brush to evenly coat the potatoes.

Season the potatoes with salt and pepper, ensuring that the seasoning gets into the slices.

How Long To Cook Hasselback Potatoes In The Air Fryer?

Place the potatoes in the preheated air fryer basket, making sure they are not overcrowded. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.

TIP: To speed up the cooking time microwave the cut potatoes for 8 minutes before air frying.

Carefully remove the potatoes from the air fryer and sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of each potato, making sure to get some cheese in between the slices.

Place the potatoes back into the air fryer and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

Garnish with optional toppings, such as chopped herbs, bacon bits, or sour cream.

Serve the Air Fryer Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes as a side dish or as a main course with a side salad. Enjoy!

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Tips And Tricks For Achieving Crispy Perfection

To achieve crispy perfection keep these tips in mind:

1. Choose the right potatoes: Russet potatoes are the best choice for Hasselback Potatoes as they have a high starch content, which helps them become crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

2. Slice evenly: Make sure to slice the potatoes evenly for even cooking.

3. Drizzle with olive oil: Olive oil helps to crisp up the potatoes and adds flavour. Be generous with the olive oil, making sure to get it in between the slices.

4. Season well: Seasoning the potatoes with salt and pepper before air frying is essential for bringing out their natural flavours. Feel free to experiment with other seasonings, such as garlic powder or paprika.

5. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket: Make sure to leave enough space between the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can result in uneven cooking and soggy potatoes.

6. Check for doneness: Use a fork or toothpick to test the doneness of the potatoes. They should be tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside.

Air Fryer Cheesy Hasselback Potato Variations

While the classic version of Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes is delicious, you can also experiment with different variations to suit your taste.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Bacon and cheddar

Sprinkle cooked bacon bits and cheddar cheese over the potatoes before air frying for a smoky and indulgent twist.

Garlic and parmesan

Mix minced garlic with olive oil and brush it over the potatoes before air frying. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the top for a tasty combination.

Herb-infused oil

Infuse olive oil with your favourite herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, and drizzle it over the potatoes before cooking. Pre-made infused oils are also a good option.

Feel free to get creative and customise your Hasselback Potatoes with your favourite ingredients and flavours.

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Serving Suggestions

Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes make a great side dish or even a main course.

Here are a few serving suggestions:

Serve as a side dish: These cheesy potatoes pair well with meats, such as steak or chicken. They also make a great accompaniment to air fryer roasted vegetables or a fresh salad.

Make it a meal: Turn your potatoes into a filling meal by topping them with cooked minced beef or shredded chicken. Add some avocado slices and a dollop of sour cream for a complete dish.

Pair with dipping sauces: Serve with a selection of dipping sauces, such as garlic aioli, spicy ketchup, or tangy BBQ sauce. The sauces will add an extra layer of flavour.

Remember to get creative and have fun with your serving suggestions. The possibilities are endless!

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Storing And Freezing Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

When storing and freezing, following the right steps can ensure that your potatoes keep their texture and flavour when ready to enjoy them.

Storing

  1. Allow the potatoes to cool down to room temperature (no longer than 2 hours) to prevent condensation inside the storage container.
  2. Store the potatoes in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in cling film or aluminium foil. 
  3. Refrigerate the wrapped potatoes, and they will last for up to 3-5 days. 

Freezing

  1. Cool the potatoes completely after cooking.
  2. Wrap each potato individually with cling film and then with foil, which helps keep them separated and protected from freezer burn.
  3. Label the container or wrapping with the current date, and the potatoes can be kept frozen for up to 2-3 months. 

To reheat frozen Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

  1. Thaw the potatoes in the fridge for 24 hours if they’re frozen.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 180C/360F.
  3. Place the thawed potatoes in the basket and heat them until they’re warmed through, which takes about 10-12 minutes 

NOTE: The reheating time may vary depending on the size and number of potatoes. Always check the potatoes are heated thoroughly before serving.

Air Fryer Cleaning and Maintenance

Proper cleaning and maintenance of your air fryer will ensure its longevity and optimal performance.

Here are a few tips:

1. Allow the air fryer to cool down completely before cleaning.

2. Remove the basket from the air fryer and wash in warm soapy water. Use a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to remove any food residue.

3. Wipe the interior and exterior of the air fryer with a damp cloth or sponge. Use an old toothbrush to remove any food collected around the element. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the surface.

4. Dry all parts thoroughly before reassembling.

5. Regularly check and clean the air intake vents to prevent blockages.

6. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific cleaning and maintenance guidelines.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to keep your air fryer in top condition.

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