These vegan hasselback sweet potatoes are an easy and delicious side dish that can be prepared in advance. They’re perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other festive occasion.
Hasselback potatoes have little slits cut most of the way down, while keeping the bottom part of the potato intact. These slits serve a couple of purposes. First, they allow the sweet potatoes to fan out in a way that looks cute. Also, they provide additional crevices for the herb flavored olive oil to drip down into, which makes for a particularly flavorful sweet potato.
What to serve with these vegan hasselback sweet potatoes
This juicy and flavorful meatless meatloaf would be delicious served with these sweet potatoes. It’s a perfect combination for the holidays. And if you’re looking for another side dish to add to the meal, try these roasted zucchini slices. They’re quick and easy to make.
How to make them
There are a couple of tricks to getting these vegan hasselback sweet potatoes to turn out perfectly. The first is to begin by slicing the sweet potatoes lengthwise, especially if they’re on the larger side. If your sweet potatoes are particularly small, you can skip that step and leave them whole.
The other trick is to use something to stop you from cutting all the way through the sweet potatoes when you’re making the little slits. I like to use stainless steel drinking straws and lay one on either side of the sweet potato. That way I can use a heavy knife and the palm of my hand to firmly push the knife down on the sweet potato to make each cut without worrying about accidentally cutting all the way through. Chopsticks would work equally well. Alternatively you could use the handle sides of a couple of wooden spoons.
I kept this recipe simple by using dried herbs that I generally have on hand, but you could substitute finely chopped fresh herbs instead. I think the combination of thyme, rosemary, and sage is perfect in this recipe because those herbs add a warm, woodsy flavor that balances nicely with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
I prefer to use extra olive oil in these hasselback sweet potatoes but you can substitute whatever oil you prefer.
More easy recipes to try
- These delicious vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms as a festive appetizer or main course.
- This vegan omelette made from chickpea flour is an egg-free version of the classic breakfast dish.
- These vegan, gluten-free buckwheat pancakes are easy to make, filling, and delicious.
- These oven roasted radishes are a great low carb alternative to roasted potatoes.
Vegan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- 4 sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Cut the sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise.
- Place one of the sweet potato halves on a cutting board and lay stainless steel straws, wooden spoons, or chopsticks on either side of the sweet potato (see the picture above in the post).
- Make small, even slices on the sweet potatoes, as close together as you are able to, using the steel straws (or wooden spoons/chopsticks) to stop you from cutting all the way through the sweet potatoes.
- Repeat with the other sweet potatoes.
- Place the sweet potatoes on a parchment paper lined baking tray.
- In a small bowl, add the extra virgin olive oil, thyme, sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.
- Brush the sweet potatoes with the olive oil/herb mixture.
- Bake for 1 hour in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the bottoms of the sweet potatoes are dark golden brown but not burnt, pausing to baste the sweet potatoes with more of the oil mixture every 20 minutes.
- Use stainless steel straws, chopsticks, or wooden spoon handles to stop you from slicing all the way through the sweet potatoes.
- Store these vegan hasselback sweet potatoes in the fridge for up to five days.