I wished it was me who came up with the title of this post. It’s so clever and amusing. Plus, I once had sort of a crush on Justin Timberlake. Don’t ask!
I got the idea to bake a Hasselback Potato and the title of this post, from a YouTube video by Average Betty, which I recommend that all of you go check it out. I love her videos which she described as “SNL meets Food Network”. Comedy and food? OF COURSE I’M IN LOVE!
In the video, Average Betty said, “When people find out you can cut a potato like this, you will become an instant rock star, enemies will become friends, kids will think you’re cool and your in laws will finally accept you.” Well, my in laws are wonderful, kids like me and I don’t think I have enemies. I’m not a rock star, but I’m definitely a wannabe. SOLD! I’m making this!
I used a locally grown potato, not the Russet Idaho which was recommended. The potato is not a “baking” kind, so I guess it didn’t get as tender and creamy as what I saw on the video. Olive oil infused with garlic and a few precious threads of saffron was drizzled over the top, a little salt and parsley. Oh my! I don’t even care if you say “po-tay-to” or “po-tah-to”. Yum! And the potato skin became a little crispy as well.
-hazrock, when I grow up I want to be just like Average Betty