An Authentic Favorite: Florida Hasselback Potatoes

National Potato Day is August 19th!


Happy National Potato Day! Of course, Florida is known for its oranges, but did you know in Hastings, a town near St. Augustine, they are known as “the Potato Capital of Florida”? There’s even a potato farm in Hastings called Blue Sky Farms, which sells potatoes for restaurants and also consumer tables.


A graphic with facts about potatoes for National Potato Day August 19th
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Celebrate today by trying out this delicious recipe by Fresh from Florida using Florida potatoes!


Florida Hasselback Potatoes
Florida Hasselback Potatoes – Source:


Florida Hasselback Potatoes



  • 4 medium to large size Florida potatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme)
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste



  • Firstly, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Scrub and also rinse the potatoes to remove any debris.
  • Next, slice a thin strip of the potato off the bottom of each potato to create a flat surface for the potato to rest on (reserve cut piece for later step).
  • Then, make cuts about 1/8 of an inch apart across the width of the entire potato making sure not to cut completely through. Repeat this process with each potato.
  • Place each potato on the baking sheet sliced side up. Place the reserved slice of potato under the whole potato creating a slight arch; this will allow the potato to spread apart slightly allowing for maximum flavor.
  • Then, in a small mixing bowl combine olive oil, chopped herbs, and garlic; mix to combine and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Use half of the herb-garlic mixture to season between the potato slices, making sure that each slice is coated.
  • Then, lightly season the top of each potato with salt and pepper.
  • Finally, bake potatoes for 45 minutes to one hour or until crispy outside and completely cooked inside.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and evenly top each potato with the reserved herb mixture. Serve warm.


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