Side Dishes

Cumin Hassleback Potatoes

Love hassleback potatoes? Of course you do! Now the question is how to dress them up – Cumin hassleback potatoes is the answer.

I claim many things, such as you’ll love cumin hassleback potatoes if you like cumin and garlic. But, I never claim to be intelligent, unless of course I’m in the middle of a power trip, then I’m just f**king fabulous. When I’m not on a power trip you’ll often hear me say, “I never claim to be intelligent but I often prove to myself how dumb I am.” And now I’ll prove it to you.

Food, like so many things, is always evolving. Sometimes for the better and sometimes you end up with hard seltzer and hope it dies a fiery death. In my case, I’d NEVER heard of hassleback potatoes till 2004. I was living in Seattle and embracing all that the city had at the time. The angry feminists, the frumpy men with their gross velcro sandles, the strange obsession with piss poor coffee and IPAs, and the delightful elitism that came with their over assertion of how humble they were as a people. Now mind you, by 2008 Seattle was a whole different ball game of just amazing. It’s still the only place I’d want to call home for the rest of my life. But back to our story of how slow witted I really am. It was the first time I’d lived in a city with a football team, and I was EXCITED! Even though it’s arguable that at the time the Seahawks were as good as the Mariners are today. If you don’t like sports you’ve already tuned out. If you do like sports you just got the joke. So there I was at some boozy, snooty, and very annoying mixer at the Colombia Tower club and someone mentioned that their cook had ruined the hassleback potatoes. As anyone would be expected, I feigned horror! I mean, NOT THE POTATOES! Finally once in the car, I turned to my then husband (who knew gorgeous men were as*holes) and said, “Why would they name a potato after such a mediocre quarterback? Why not call it like a Manning or something?” He doubled over laughing while I just sort of sat there blinking, most perplexed.

Now that I’ve proven myself to be a rather dull instrument allow me to discuss this marvelous creation. As Punjabis we really like our potatoes. Given that jeera aloo is one of my favorite dishes it seemed only natural to make some version of it for a Christmas dish. Hassleback potatoes are incredibly easy to make! Aside from the tedious slicing.

I served these fabulous cumin hassleback potatoes with my standing rib roast, and I can’t tell you what a hit it was. The spices on the rib roast mingling with the cumin and garlic on the potatoes was just heavenly.

Cumin Hassleback Potatoes

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  • 4 potatoes

  • 2 tbsp cumin, ground

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced finely

  • Salt, to taste

  • Pepper, to taste

  • Olive oil, for brushing


  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • In a small bowl, mix cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Cut potatoes crosswise into thin slices, stopping ¼” before cutting all the way through. I find it’s easiest to put a chopstick on each side of the potato and slice till the knife hits the chopsticks.
  • Place potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and gently press down on them to fan slices in one direction.
  • Brush potatoes all over with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle spice mix on each potato, making sure to get it in between the slices, as well.
  • Roast potatoes, brushing occasionally with more olive oil, until fork-tender, golden brown, and crisp, 25–30 minutes.

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