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Amethyst Ring and Valentine Kisses

Amethyst Ring and Valentine Kisses

Amethyst Ring and Valentine Kisses My mom was born on Valentine’s Day. I often wondered what it would have been like to be born on this special day that is set aside each year for love and romance. Valentine’s Day celebrates romance and love, making 

Mini Cheese Biscuits with Country Ham

Mini Cheese Biscuits with Country Ham

Mini Cheese Biscuits with Country Ham Mini Cheese Biscuits with Country Ham and Campfire Sauce. Wow, doesn’t that sound good! Being from WI the mini cheese biscuits are made with good old Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese. To keep things festive, we cut out the biscuits 

Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Thyme

Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Thyme

Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Thyme are seriously delicious. This is the first time that we’ve made hasselback potatoes here on Turnips 2 Tangerines, and it will not be the last! Since we knew nothing about hasselback potatoes, we were surprised to find out that they are of Swedish origin. When most people think of potatoes, they don’t think Swedish. Honestly, we thought they were Irish or German in origin.

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SwedishFood.com

Hasselback potatoes have been around for ages. I can’t think of a better place to get the scoop on hasselback potatoes than on a website dedicated to Swedish Food. A hasselback potato is the Swedish version of a baked potato on steroids. These buttery potatoes are lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Melted butter is drizzled over the potatoes and in the oven they go-a-roasting.

After 25 minutes, the potatoes are drizzled with more melted butter and topped with breadcrumbs. End result is a delicious buttery potato, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside with a crunchy top. The next time we make Hasselback potatoes, we’re going to make them the Swedish way. Using large, peeled, waxy potato, lots of melted butter and breadcrumbs.

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The Name

Hasselbackspotatis is the Swedish way of roasting potatoes. The name comes from the Hasselbacken Restaurant  located in central Stockholm, Sweden. The Hasselbacken was first established in the 1700’s as a tavern, located in the middle of a thicket of hassel (hazel) on a steep backe (slope) which is how it got its name. Restaurant Hasselbacken opened in 1853 in a grand new building.

It developed a reputation for grandiose celebrations, which were enjoyed by Stockholm’s rich upper-class. Hasselbackspotatis were first served in the 1940’s or 1950’s and quickly became an instant hit. Not only do hasselback taste delicious, they also look pretty impressive on a plate. Since they first appeared in Sweden, they have become popular all over the world. Hasselback potatoes are perfect served with roast meat or poultry.

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Helpful Hints

Here are a few helpful hints when making hasselback potatoes. Try using some grated hard cheese, such as Parmesan or Vasterbottensost, instead of some or all of the breadcrumbs. This is very popular in Sweden, but originally only the breadcrumbs were used. Main-crop potatoes are normally used to make hasselback potatoes. New potatoes can be used, in which case Charlotte potatoes are a good choice.

Hint #2

Large, waxy potatoes are best when making hasselback potatoes. SwedishFood.com advises to use Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes. Use good quality store bought white breadcrumbs or simply make your own. Here’s how, remove the crusts from a couple of slices of stale white bread. Give them a few whizzes in a food processor.

Hint #3

Hasselback potatoes are easy to prepare and super delicious. Prep time is literally 5 minutes, with roasting time time around an hour. Hasselback potatoes can be served with any meal. Like baked potatoes, hasselback potatoes can be topped with sour cream, bacon and chives. We certainly can’t mention Swedish food without mentioning Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, located in Sister Bay WI.

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Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

As you top the hill and head down main street in Sister Bay, WI., you will spot the goats on the roof at Al Johnson’s. Located right in the middle of town, this grassy roof and the goats grazing there have drawn tourists and locals alike. An icon for visitors for over 58 years, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant has a rich history in the city. Goats grazing on the roof plus the delicious Swedish food keeps people coming back for more.

Hard Work

Hard work is key to any successful business and that rings true for the Johnson Family. It has been and continues to be family run. The food served at Al Johnson’s speaks for itself. Served on dishes from Porsgrund, Norway, the decorative rosemaled painting around the interior was done by the renowned Norwegian artist Sigmund Arseth. Much of the foods served are Swedish and Norwegian.

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Lingonberries

Everything from Swedish pancakes to meatballs are served with Swedish lingonberries. A variety of Swedish crackers and limpa bread are found on the bread tray along with many specialty cheeses from Sweden. All are served with lingonberries. What are lingonberries? They are a small, red berry much like a currant in taste and served with every meal. There is much to delight the palate at Al Johnson’s. *Goat image credit Al Johnson’s

Something for Everyone

Breakfast is served all day and for those wanting a more American fare, the menu includes the famous Al’s burger, local perch and whitefish plates. Ham, turkey or clubhouse sandwiches are served, along with a full array of salads and daily soups. Let’s not forget about the desserts. Homemade pies, Almond cake, Strawberry shortcake and a Wisconsin favorite, Schaum Torte. There is literally something for everyone.

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