Pesto & Shallot Hasselback Grilled Sweet Potatoes

This isn’t the sexiest thing I’ve ever made.

You know what’s my favorite part of summer? When my air conditioning in my car poops out on me. It’s by far the best feeling. No wait. What’s even better is trying to drive through the hell hole of Cherry Creek traffic during their construction dump in 98 degree weather while my air conditioner blows hot air and I randomly scream for no apparent reason other than my legs are sliding around my leather seats while traffic doesn’t move. Yeah, that’s definitely the best part.

I found some throw up on my wall behind Jackson’s kennel yesterday. You know how I found it? He was trying to get back there to eat it. Can’t blame the guy. He only gets to eat 3 times a day. I would be searching for food wherever possible if I only ate three times a day. Probably not for vomit, but I still get it. Thankfully it was his own vomit.

Let’s end that story.

Fourth of July weekend is over. The time of year that everyone gets out of town and dresses up in red, white, and blue while drinking beer. I did not do that. I wore a swimsuit that was neon pink, green, and purple and looked like giant Volkswagen bug eyeballs. My boobs looked like eyeballs. All they needed was those stupid eyelashes that people put on their bug. I hate those things. But I think more people hated my swimsuit. It just felt right though. So did the vodka on July 4th. And some artichoke dip I ate by the handful. A day of drinking and sun will make you dive balls deep into artichoke dip. I also tried to wake surf and failed miserably. I’ve done it before but July 4th was not my day. Most likely because I was decently intoxicated. My boyfriend was driving the boat of 10 people and I think he found me an embarrassment. No wait, I found myself an embarrassment. Probably because earlier I missed catching a bottle that was flying directly at me and hit me square in the forehead which gave me a goose egg. Thank the good lord for Jason Mraz hats. Whatever the hell those are called.

I woke up the next day with a real sweet sunburn on my shins and a diamond shape sunburn between my boobs. Along with a bruise on my forehead. I look good. I can’t help it.

Does anyone know who invented the Hasselback potato? Does it mean something? I know nothing about anything so I REALLY don’t where this name comes from. I just know it’s another way to eat a potato. And I’m into that. Sliced, diced, grated. I dig it. So I finally took the plunge and made them the Hasselback way. Hasselback would be proud.

PS did you see last week when I announced some of the book tour dates coming up for The Paleo Kitchen?? Well, we only have two events scheduled so far in TX, hoping to get one more scheduled in Austin, TX! Fingers crossed. Come visit us in Dallas and Houston and pick up your own copy and chat with me and George!

  • On Sunday July 13th at 7 PM we will be in Dallas at Half Price Books: 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, Texas 75231
  • On Tuesday, July 15th at 7 PM we will be in Houston at Blue Willow Bookshop: 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX, 77079

Pesto & Shallot Hasselback Grilled Sweet Potatoes

  • Yield: 1-2 1x


  • 1 large, round sweet potato or yam
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 23 tablespoons pesto (I made mine with pine nuts instead of pistachios)
  • 1/2 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of pine nuts


  1. Preheat grill to a medium heat.
  2. Cut off a thin slice on the bottom of the sweet potato lengthwise to create a base for the sweet potato to sit in place. Place the sweet potato between two chopsticks or something similar in size and shape to act as a stop when cutting vertical slits in each sweet potato about every 1/8-inch apart.
  3. After sweet potato has been sliced, place it under running water, fanning out the slices. Place sweet potato on a plate and microwave at high for 5 minutes. Flip sweet potato over and microwave again for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Place sweet potato on foil, use a brush to wipe on olive oil and let fall between the slits. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt on pepper, then tuck slices of shallot between the slits and finish off with brushing on pesto all over sweet potato.
  5. Wrap sweet potato in foil to create a packet.
  6. Place on top rack of grill and bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Serve with whatever you would like!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


21 thoughts on “Pesto & Shallot Hasselback Grilled Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Yeah, my dog does the same thing. It’s pretty gross, but I guess he just really loves to eat too. If he can shove his face into in, he will!

    I really hope you’ll make it to Austin! I’m looking forward to meeting you both and getting the book signed, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed too!

  2. I was going to be funny, and say Hassleback potatoes were invented by David Hassleback. That’s all they would eat on the set of, “Baywatch”. Then, I googled David Hassleback and learned his name is David Hasslehoff. So, that’s not as funny as I thought.

    These look gooooodddd!!!

  3. Hasselback potatoes come from Sweden, (just like me)! They were invented in the 50s by a guy working at a restaurant in Stockholm called Hasselbacken. So now you know 🙂

  4. I don’t even want to think about what I’d do today if my air conditioner died on me in the car. Screaming would be the least of it.

    haven’t heard of the hasselback way but looks good and tastes even better I’m sure. Can’t go wrong with pesto in my opinion 🙂

  5. 1. I read somewhere that when your dog eats their own poop or vomit, it means they don’t want others ‘above’ them to know what they just did. So either Jackson fears/respects you or you have a ghost beast running around the house.

    2. Is this supposed to be crunchy or soft? I have never heard of a hasselback potato and definitely thought it was meatloaf in the photo.

  6. A/C troubles in the summer sound very expensive…hope your book stays on the best sellers list to cover it. BTW I love my copy-I trying to help you cover your expenses!
    Jackson and vomit…he’s a dog it has to be expected.
    What we also expect is to see=his cute face! I loved the picture of him on Fashion Friday (2 wks ago) looking at you, proudly I might add. Cracked me up…kinda like your Fourth of July story…funny stuff. I so appreciate how honest you are.
    Pretty bummed Flying Monkey Jeans don’t come in a 35 inch inseam. My quest for jeans continues.

  7. Sweaty legs on leather seats are the WORST!! I hope your car starts feeling better soon! Or that you get some snow or something.

  8. I never knew that potato prep style was called the Hasselback. The more you know!

    Ugh, hope you can get your AC fixed soon. Hot plus traffic is never a fun combo.

  9. Jason Mraz hats = fedoras but I prefer to call them Jason hats as well! I loved your bathing suit ( I saw it on fb) 🙂 At least you tried wake surfing . . , I’m too scared!

  10. I was hoping you would come to TEXAS! Please let me know if you make an appearance in Austin next week! My husband and I love your recipes, and I love your blog! I would love to meet you and get a signed copy of your book!

  11. Looks amazing!!! I keep making sweet potatoes lots of different ways to get my family to share my love of those delicious things!!! No luck so far, maybe this will do the trick. PS…any Chicago dates in your future?? 🙂

  12. This made me laugh my toosh off:
    …Can’t blame the guy. He only gets to eat 3 times a day. I would be searching for food wherever possible if I only ate three times a day. Probably not for vomit, but I still get it. Thankfully it was his own vomit.

    I. am. dyinnggg. of. laughter

    🙂 Thank you for being awesome

  13. Great recipe! Question: have you ever cooked with blue potatoes? I was wondering if they are in the same category as sweet potatoes.

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