Recipe Box, Holiday Potatoes, 3 Ingredients, 3 Ways

Take the stress out of the upcoming holidays with these easy, yet elegant potato recipes

First are these rosemary and garlic hassleback potatoes that I saw over at Feasting at Home

hassleback potatoes

They are easy to prep, with 3 ingredients, and will be sure to satisfy any appetite


The prep takes a little patience because of the slicing involved, but even if you slice through the bottom, you can place the pieces tightly together in the pan and it won’t make any difference


You slip the garlic and rosemary in every few slices~the slices look thick here but they are really several slices that haven’t separated yet


Once they cook, the potatoes will start to open up.  Baste them with oil throughout the baking time

rosemary hasslebacks

Top them with cheese towards the end of baking for some added flavor and pizazz~

hassleback potatoes


1/2 – 1 large baking potato per person


  • 1 large baking potato per person
  • olive oil
  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 garlic clove for each potato
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh Parmesan Gruyere or Asiago cheese, grated, optional


  • Scrub potatoes. Slice as thinly as possible, leaving slices attached at the very bottom.
  • Place into an oiled baking pan.
  • Slice garlic cloves into thin pieces. Insert pieces into the cut potato here and there, using 1 clove per potato.
  • Insert fresh rosemary pieces into slices.
  • Drizzle liberally with olive oil. Bake at 400, basting with oil every 30 minutes, for 60-90 minutes*, until potatoes are cooked through and soft in the center, with crispy edges. Garnish with cheese and more rosemary. Serve 1/2 or 1 potato per person

The second recipe Smashed Potatoes with Rosemary Salt, uses the same 3 ingredients


These are so easy to make and always a hit!


Just boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes until they are soft enough to smash down into a “flatish” mound.


Season liberally with Rosemary Salt,  or fresh rosemary and kosher salt [or seasoning of your choice].  Drizzle with Olive oil.  I used lemon Olive oil, but use any flavor you like.  A little Truffle oil would be good too.


plan on 3 red potatoes per person
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • red potatoes
  • Rosemary salt or fresh rosemary and kosher salt
  • olive oil pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese optional


  • Boil potatoes 20 minutes or until they are soft enough to smash down but still retain their shape.
  • Cut potatoes in half and place on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray.
  • Use a big spoon or potato masher and “smash” potatoes into a flattened shape. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Bake at 400 for 45-60 minutes until brown and crispy on the edges but still soft in spots. Sprinkle with cheese if desired and return to oven for a few minutes to melt.


You can prepare these earlier in the day, cover the pan and refrigerate until baking.
Keyword easy potatoes, red potatoes, roasted potatoes, smashed potatoes


The third recipe, Magic Potatoes here also has only 3 ingredients, and these are my personal favorite

The potatoes [you can use red or russet] are baked cut side down with butter, garlic salt and Parmesan cheese


After baking at 400 for 1 hour, invert the potatoes and and discover a buttery, cheese crust, MAGIC!


for the printable recipe and more photos of Magic Potatoes click here

note: if you make Magic Potatoes be sure to oil your pan even though you are using melted butter, and invert potatoes as soon as you take them out of the oven so they don’t stick to the pan

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for your holiday meals~  Life is stressful enough, you don’t have to stress in the kitchen    <3


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7 Responses to “Recipe Box, Holiday Potatoes, 3 Ingredients, 3 Ways”
  1. linda e. kemp says:

    Love these ideas…thank you!

  2. Lynn says:

    I always thought hassleback potatoes looked fun but haven’t tried them yet. All three are good ideas:@)

  3. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’m a potato girl, if someone asked what my last meal would be, it would be potatoes served three ways! These look wonderful! I’ve wanted to make Hasselback potatoes but never taken the time, my knife skills are less than stellar. My hubby has a super sharp set that I’m not allowed to use 🙂

  4. plutrell says:

    Both look really good…might try the top one before Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  5. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    I want to try them all, of course I do, they look fabulous! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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