Easy Scalloped Potatoes

These easy Scalloped Potatoes are made with simple ingredients and just 25 minutes of hands-on time, before baking in the oven. Tender and creamy with a golden crispy top, they are perfect for weeknights or the holiday table.

These easy Scalloped Potatoes are made with simple ingredients and just 25 minutes of hands-on time, before baking in the oven. Tender and creamy with a golden crispy top, they are perfect for weeknights or the holiday table.
These easy Scalloped Potatoes are made with simple ingredients and just 25 minutes of hands-on time, before baking in the oven. Tender and creamy with a golden crispy top, they are perfect for weeknights or the holiday table.

Soft Sourdough Rolls

Perfectly tender and ultra-flavorful Sourdough Dinner Rolls are made with active sourdough starter, and no yeast. Make in one day or refrigerate overnight. They freeze well and are vegan-adaptable!

Perfectly tender and ultra-flavorful sourdough dinner rolls are made with active sourdough starter, and no yeast. Make in one day or refrigerate overnight. They freeze well and are vegan-adaptable!
Perfectly tender and ultra-flavorful Sourdough Dinner Rolls are made with active sourdough starter, and no yeast. Make in one day or refrigerate overnight. They freeze well and are vegan-adaptable!

Ultimate Antipasto Platter

An antipasto platter is ideal for entertaining! Pile a board with Italian antipasti like cheeses, cured meats, olives, marinated vegetables,…

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An antipasto platter is ideal for entertaining! Pile a board with Italian antipasti like cheeses, cured meats, olives, marinated vegetables, and more. 

Antipasto Platter

Entertaining and not sure where to start? Try an Antipasto Platter! This board of Italian appetizers is an explosion of colors and flavors, and it’s almost guaranteed to be the centerpiece of any party. Add traditional antipasti like cheese, meats, marinated vegetables, olives, crackers, breads, and more to a platter and serve with small plates to let your guests get to snacking. You can make homemade components, or grab a bunch of items from your local deli counter or olive bar. Here’s how to put together this beautiful tray!

What is an antipasto platter?

An antipasto is the first course of an Italian meal: a starter or appetizer. Antipasto is the singular, and antipasti is the plural for more than one dish. Traditional antipasti you might enjoy in Italy include cured meats like prosciutto and salami, cheeses, olives, marinated vegetables, pepperoncini, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and more.

An antipasto platter is a tray layered with Italian antipasti (cured meats, cheeses, marinated vegetables, and so forth). Similar to a cheeseboard, it’s an easy appetizer to whip up for entertaining because it’s more about arranging items than cooking them.

Antipasto platter

Ingredients in an antipasto platter

The ingredients you’ll use for an antipasto platter can vary greatly based on your tastes and what’s available to you! Check your local grocery store deli counter or olive bar for ideas. Some groceries have whole displays dedicated to marinated vegetables and olives, which is where we stocked up on many of the items for this platter. You can also make a few components homemade (which we recommend!). Here are some ideas for an antipasto platter:

  • Marinated mozzarella: It’s fast and easy to make homemade Marinated Mozzarella Balls, but you can also find them purchased
  • Marinated mushrooms: These Marinated Mushrooms have incredible flavor
  • Olives
  • Aged cheeses
  • Jarred marinated artichoke hearts
  • Jarred roasted peppers or pepperoncini
  • Other marinated items from a grocery olive bar or deli counter
  • Cured meats (prosciutto, salami, chorizo, sopressata, bresaola, etc)
  • Cherry tomatoes or other fresh vegetables
  • Crackers
  • Italian breadsticks
  • Focaccia bread slices
Antipasto platter

Tips for styling the platter

It’s one thing to assemble all the ingredients for an antipasto platter: it’s yet another to style it into an attractive platter! Here are a few tips for making a beautiful board, similar to styling a killer cheeseboard.

  1. Place the largest ingredients on the board first, then fill in with smaller ingredients. In this case, it’s small bowls of olives and marinated vegetables. Make sure the bowls aren’t too large so they don’t crowd the board.
  2. Fill in the remainder of the space on the board with piles of marinated vegetables, crackers, breads and other items. Arrange the ingredients with variation in color and shape in mind. Start with the largest ingredients and gradually fill in the smaller items.
  3. Add garnishes like herbs or flowers. Once the board is mostly complete, tuck in a few sprigs of fresh herbs to complete the tray. Serve with small plates, forks and toothpicks if desired.
Antipasto platter

How long can an antipasto platter sit out?

Making your antipasto platter in advance? If you’re making this for a party, here are a few serving tips to make prep a breeze:

  • A cheese board can sit out for up to 2 hours at room temperature. This source suggests a 2 hour maximum for cheese.
  • Make the board up to 24 hours in advance, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. This makes party prep easy! Allow it to come to room temperature 30 minutes before serving.
Antipasto platter

More appetizer ideas

Looking for entertaining ideas? Here are a few more fun appetizer ideas:

This antipasto platter recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free crackers or omit.

 

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Antipasto Platter

Ultimate Antipasto Platter


Description

An antipasto platter is ideal for entertaining! Pile a board with Italian antipasti like cheeses, cured meats, olives, marinated vegetables, and more. 


Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Marinated Mozzarella Balls (or purchased)
  • 1 cup Marinated Mushrooms (or purchased)
  • 1 cup mixed olives
  • 2 blocks aged cheese
  • 1 cup jarred marinated artichoke hearts or roasted peppers (or other marinated items from a grocery olive bar or deli counter)
  • 2 types cured meats (prosciutto, salami, chorizo, sopressata, bresaola, etc)
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls crackers
  • 1 handful Italian breadsticks
  • Optional other items: focaccia bread slices, roasted nuts, jarred pepperoncini, etc

Instructions

  1. If using homemade, make the Marinated Mozzarella Balls and/or Marinated Mushrooms.
  2. Prepare the other ingredients as necessary: cut the cheese or meats, and place the olives and nuts in small bowls.
  3. Place the ingredients onto a large board. Place the bowls of items first, then fill in with cheese slices, meats, marinated veggies, crackers and breadsticks. Once the board is mostly complete, tuck in a few sprigs of fresh herbs to complete the tray (like rosemary or thyme sprigs).
  4. Serve immediately, with small plates, forks and toothpicks if desired. The antipasto platter can sit out for up to 2 hours at room temperature. Make the board up to 24 hours in advance, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate: allow to come to room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

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Gingery Pumpkin Cheesecake

Incredibly creamy and perfectly spiced, this easy Pumpkin Cheesecake is a great addition to the holiday dessert table. No water bath needed, and ideal to make ahead of time!

Incredibly creamy and perfectly spiced, this easy Pumpkin Cheesecake is a great addition to the holiday dessert table. No water bath needed, and ideal to make ahead of time!
Incredibly creamy and perfectly spiced, this easy Pumpkin Cheesecake is a great addition to the holiday dessert table. No water bath needed, and ideal to make ahead of time!

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner

Here’s a collection of our favorite vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes. From appetizers to dessert and everything in between, we hope you find some inspiration here!

From vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving mains, healthy veggie side dishes, festive salads, and dreamy Thanksgiving desserts you'll find lots of inspiration here!
Here's a collection of our favorite vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes. From appetizers to dessert and everything in between, we hope you find some inspiration here!

Hasselback Potatoes

This Hasselback potatoes recipe makes baked potatoes with a fan of thin, crispy slices. It’s a side dish to impress!…

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This Hasselback potatoes recipe makes baked potatoes with a fan of thin, crispy slices. It’s a side dish to impress!

Hasselback Potatoes

Here’s a side dish that impresses every time: Hasselback Potatoes! This popular way to prepare the ubiquitous spud tastes just as good as it looks. Slice a whole potato into thin strips, then bake until the slices separate and form crispy, roasted slices. It’s a whole new way to love a potato! It takes a little effort to prepare, but it’s absolutely worth it for a stunning side dish. Here’s how to make this fun and tasty potato recipe!

Ingredients for Hasselback potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are baked potatoes cut into fans of thin strips, connected at the bottom. Once the potatoes bake, the slices become crispy and separate. Why are they called Hasselback potatoes? The dish was popularized in the 1950’s by a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden called Hasselbacken. However, there are some earlier references to the dish (like in a 1929 cookbook) that indicate it may have originated elsewhere. Whatever the case, we owe this concept to the Swedes!

While it takes a bit of time to cut Hasselback potatoes, the ingredients are simple. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Medium russet potatoes (12 to 13-ounces each)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parsley or chives, for garnish
Hasselback Potatoes

Types of potatoes

We chose russet potatoes for this Hasselback potatoes recipe. This variety is also called a starchy potato, the type you’d use for a classic baked potato or mashed potatoes. We used potatoes that were 12 to 13 ounces each, which is medium large. However, you can use other varieties and sizes with this technique as well.

Yukon gold or red potatoes work too! These are called waxy potatoes, and are often used for roasting, fries, and so forth. They hold their shape more when baked or roasted. You may need to adjust the roasting time if you use other varieties of potato: and especially if they are smaller than those specified in the recipe!

Hasselback Potatoes recipe

How to cut Hasselback potatoes

Here’s the big question: how do you cut Hasselback potatoes? These lovely thin slices look like they were made with a special cutting device: and there actually is such a thing! If you make Hasselback potatoes often, you might want to invest in the special potato cutter. If not, all you need are a pair of chopsticks or a similar item: pencils, wooden spoons, etc. Here’s what to do:

  • Place two chopsticks along the sides of a potato. These will act as guides to prevent cutting all the way through.
  • Slice the potato into 1/8th-inch slices, being careful not to go all the way through to the bottom using the guides.
  • Pay special attention to the ends of the potatoes that need a shallow cut: the guides won’t help here! Repeat for each potato. 

A few notes on bake time

This Hasselback potatoes recipe indicates to bake the potatoes for 1 hour and 15 minutes total, removing them from the oven once after 1 hour to brush with olive oil again and add salt. Here are a few notes on baking:

  • Adjust the bake time if you have smaller potatoes or use a different variety. The main thing you’re looking for is for the potato to be fully tender and cooked through, with crispy slices that have started to separate.
  • Add more oil and salt once the slices are separated. The initial bake time of 1 hour should work for most 12 ounce potatoes. But if your potatoes are smaller, check them at 45 minutes or so.
  • Bake again, then brush with garlic butter. We found the best way to infuse flavor into Hasselback potatoes is to end with garlic butter and flaky salt so they taste beautifully flavorful. It’s hard to get into all the cracks and crevaces, so seasoning at the end is important.
Hasselback Potatoes

Topping ideas

Want to add more toppings to these Hasselback potatoes? They taste incredible as is with the garlic butter, making them ideal for dinner parties or for a Thanksgiving side dish. Or, you can add more toppings as you like. Here are a few tasty ideas:

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (add in the last 10 minutes)
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions
  • Cheddar cheese (add in the last 10 to 15 minutes)
  • Bacon
  • Chimichurri sauce
  • Ranch dressing

What do you plan to top these potatoes with? Let us know in the comments below.

Hasselback Potatoes

More potato recipes

Potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables when it comes to side dishes! Here are some more favorite potato recipes for your inspiration:

This Hasselback potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan and dairy-free, use vegan butter.

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Hasselback Potatoes


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Description

This Hasselback potatoes recipe makes baked potatoes with a fan of thin, crispy slices. It’s a side dish to impress!


Ingredients

  • 6 medium russet potatoes (12 to 13-ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Flaky sea salt, for garnishing
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley or chives, for garnishing
  • Other toppings, as desired (sour cream, cheese, green onions, bacon, etc)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Wash and dry the potatoes.
  3. Place two chopsticks* along the sides of a potato: these will act as guides to prevent cutting all the way through. Slice a potato into 1/8th-inch slices, being careful not to go all the way through to the bottom using the guides. Pay special attention to the ends of the potatoes that need a shallow cut: the guides won’t help here! Repeat for each potato. 
  4. Place the potatoes on a parchment or aluminum-foil lined baking sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  5. Bake for 60 minutes, until the potato slices are starting to separate. Remove the tray from the oven and brush it with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Evenly sprinkle with the ¾ teaspoon kosher salt.
  6. Return the potatoes to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes (or less for smaller potatoes), until crispy, lightly browned, and easily pierced with a paring knife. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic and Italian seasoning and remove from the heat.
  7. When the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and brush with the melted seasoned butter, making sure to evenly distribute the seasonings that sink to the bottom. Gently fan the potatoes with one hand while sprinkling a bit of flaky sea salt over the potatoes. Garnish with parsley or chives and serve immediately.

Notes

*Don’t have chopsticks? You can use any similar-shaped items: pencils, wooden spoons, spatulas, etc.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls

Golden, tender, pull-apart Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls are flecked with rosemary and completely irresistible. Roasted squash cooked into the roll ensures that they are soft and full of flavor with just a hint of sweetness.

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Chicken Piccata

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