Hasselback Potatoes with Spinach Pesto

I’m sure you guys have been seeing a lot of green foods out there in preparation for St Patrick’s Day coming up tomorrow. Well I’m bringing you a green food that didn’t require any food coloring! And it’s delicious.

A lot of food blogs have featured the Hasselback potato. It is simply referring to how you slice and cook the potato as you can see in the picture. Using this procedure gives a delicious baked potato with crispy edges. And who doesn’t love some crispy edges on their potatoes?

I got the idea to top the potato with a spinach pesto from Joy the Baker. The spinach and garlic pesto gives great flavor to the potato. Hubby and I enjoyed these as a light lunch the first time we had them and they would also be great sitting next to a juicy steak!

Based on the recipe below, you will have some leftover spinach pesto. But we’ve been enjoying it on sandwiches, with pasta, or any other place you’d use pesto!

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Hasselback Potatoes with Spinach Pesto

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

For the Potatoes
4 russet potatoes
4 garlic cloves
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
coarse sea salt
3 Tbsp olive oil

For the Pesto
2 loosely packed cups of spinach
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cups roasted almonds
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

For the Potatoes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Thinly slice garlic cloves. Set aside. Rinse and scrub potatoes well.

Slice a thin layer off of the bottom of the potatoes. This will give them a solid base to rest on to get sliced. Slice into the potatoes but not completely through them. Slice potatoes, creating very thin rounds connected at a base. Slide garlic slices in between potato slices. You might actually need to shove them in… the potato might be pretty tight. Just be careful not to tear the bottom.

Place potatoes on a baking sheet. Generously sprinkle potatoes with salt. Top each potato with one tablespoon of butter. Drizzle with oil. Bake for 1 hour or until tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. Remove the pan about every 15 minutes to baste potatoes in the oil and butter on the pan. This will make the skin crispy and delicious and the potato extra buttery.

When cooked through and crispy, remove from the oven, cool for 10 minutes. Top with spinach pesto and serve.

For the Pesto
Place garlic cloves, spinach, nuts, lemon juice, zest and Parmesan cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until spinach is broken down and, whiles still blending, slowly pour in the olive oil. Turn off food processor, taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe from Joy the Baker

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16 Responses to “Butternut Squash Lasagna Rolls”

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    Pam — November 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    These look great – I did a pumpkin lasagna a while ago and loved it so I know these have to be amazing!

    Pam @ From Apples to Zucchini

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    Kris @ everywhereorange.com — November 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    the rolls are so cute!!! they look delicious!

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    Lauren — November 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I have been bookmarking all of your butternut squash recipes, but this one is going to the top of the list! The goat cheese is the perfect flavor accompaniment.

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    Megan — November 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Yay! Another recipe to add to my to-make list. It’s great that you can freeze this because my fiance doesn’t like butternut squash. I can make the whole thing for myself and take it for lunches!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    So delicious! I’m loving this week long butternut squash event…so many tasty recipes!

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    We Are Not Martha — November 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Awesome and delicious-looking idea! I love lasagna that’s different from the typical and butternut squash is perfect!

    Sues

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    Megan — November 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve never though of squash rolled up in lasagna noodles–love the idea!!

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    tobias kocht! — November 19, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Delicious use of the squash. I love this lasagna rolls.

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    oneordinaryday — November 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I like lasagna rolls too – so much more fun than a traditional lasagna. I like the simplicity of this recipe too. Sounds delicious. I’d love to see you improve Martha’s butternut mac and cheese!!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    These lasagna rolls look ADORABLE! I love the idea of a freezer meal party!

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    Shannon — November 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    what a fabulous idea for freezer meals! and these sound DELISH 🙂

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    Cara — November 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I made these again a few weeks ago – I almost forgot how delicious they are! I love that you subbed in the Greek yogurt and goat cheese, mmm 🙂

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    Jill — January 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I’m making a meatless alternative with a spinach bechamel sauce… Although I do love bacon…

    • beantownbaker — January 27th, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

      That sounds delicious. Let me know how it turns out!

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    Theresa — November 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Do you have any idea of the calorie count in these? They look phenomenal!

    • beantownbaker — November 7th, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

      Sorry I don’t calculate nutritional information for my recipes. There are some online tools that you can use to do so yourself if you’re interested.

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