I was having my porridge in front of the TV this morning when I thought that I heard the word(s) hasselback potatoes*!! Could I really have heard correctly? Is hassebackspotatis really famous outside of Sweden?? I had to google it of course, and yes, I found lots of websites that mention the classical Swedish way of cooking potatoes in the oven! Isn’t it funny? I can’t remember when I made hasselback potatoes last time, it seems like such an 80’s recipe, but I think it’s time to introduce them to O! Especially as we are both big potato lovers 😉
The chef who was making the hasselback potatoes this morning on the Food Network is a new acquaintance to me – Sunny Anderson (she even has a Swedish last name!) but here’s the recipe. She is not the only famous chef who has made a hasselback-recipe, also Nigella Lawson and Emeril Lagasse (who I don’t like by the way, seems too pretentious in that annoying French way and acts like a rock star on his cooking show on the Food Network), google to find more recipes!
Interesting how as an expat you become so sensitive to everything that comes from your home country – I am famous for pointing out Oh, that’s Swedish anytime there is a song, a film, a reference to anything remotely Swedish! I remember once in Italy when the song Crying at the discoteque with Alcazar came on the radio and I proudly announced that it was Swedish – my Italian friends didn’t believe me, and said c’mon you say everything is Swedish… But yep, for such a small country, we have made / are making quite an impact on the rest of the world – from H&M and IKEA, to Swedish music (and I am not just talking about ABBA…) and apparently even recipes! And not to forget, the Swedish words ombudsman and smorgasbord that have found their way into the English dictionaries (and many other languages use the word ombudsman).
However, everything that looks or sounds Swedish isn’t necessarily from Sweden – this is a photo taken in Norway, doesn’t it really look like the Swedish flag? 😀
*) Name originates from the restaurant Hasselbacken in Stockholm where the dish was served for the first time.