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Swedish Hasselback Pit Roasted Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

Swedish Hasselback Pit Roasted Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

If you’ve never tried roasting potatoes in your smoker you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the flavor is better than doing it in the oven. This recipe for pit roasted Swedish Hasselback potatoes works well for a formal dinner or a backyard party. You can also cook this ahead and reheat when you arrive at your event (save the topping until before you serve). I sped up the cooking process by microwaving the potato first. I’ve also taken these to a tailgate and a camping trip and they were a huge hit. This method of preparing potatoes was invented in the 1950’s at the Hasselbacken Restaurant, now attached to a hotel in central Stockholm, Sweden. The hotel was established in the 1700s as an inn and was originally a traditional red hut in the midst of a hazelnut trees, which is how it got its name. Restaurant Hasselbacken opened in 1853 in a grand new building and Hasselbackspotatis were first served in the 1950s and were an instant hit and have become popular all over the world. It looks intricate with its accordion pleats fanning out as you cook it and is easy to make. All you need is to place two wooden cooking spoons next to your potato and a sharp knife to cut down ¾ way until the spoon handles stop the knife. You can also dress it up many ways for a show-stopping presentation with Parmesan, bacon, Cheese Whiz, sour cream, chives, and pretty much anything that goes with a baked potato.
Simple Grilled Vegetables

Simple Grilled Vegetables

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Smoky Grilled Sweet Potato Mash

Smoky Grilled Sweet Potato Mash

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Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

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Grilled Vegetable and Toasted Quinoa Salad

Grilled Vegetable and Toasted Quinoa Salad

This was a salad I originally came up with this past summer for one of our Friday Night Steak Club events out on the grilling deck. Quinoa has been hailed as a "super grain" due to the facts it has almost twice as much...
Grilled Hasselback Potatoes with Fresh Basil Pesto Aioli

Grilled Hasselback Potatoes with Fresh Basil Pesto Aioli

An old recipe we recently revisited and spruced up for an edition of Friday Night Steak Club. With roots in Sweden this is a very loose translation of the original. Potatoes are sliced thinly about ¾ the way through so the potato...
Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Everyone loves bacon and onion rings. Why not try them together? These are the perfect appetizer for any get together or game day party. Simple and tasty!
Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar

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Grilled Beets

Grilled Beets

I never intentionally ate a beet, I admit it and even blogged about it. My wife loves them so it was only a matter of time. I was surprised that I actually liked them and we’ve grilled them 100's of times since....
Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

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Grate Grilled Naked Corn

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Vidalia Onions

Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Vidalia Onions

This recipe was inspired by a competition BBQ friend of ours, Dean Sparks. The sweetness of the Vidalia onion is a wonderful vehicle for bold flavors like bacon and blue cheese. In this recipe we scoop out the center...