We decided to do a quick meal this week due to the amount of time we are spending having had the girl child graduate from college and getting ready for the boy child to graduate from high school next week. These Smashed Potatoes were the side dish for tomorrow’s Man Food Mondays post. These are very simple and take a relatively short time to make. I used the little mixed potatoes that you find in the produce section of your local food distributor, they have yellow, blue/purple and red potatoes mixed in a 2 lb bag. You can make a variation of these using just the small red or white potatoes. You could also just use the larger sized potatoes and that way you would have BIG smashed potato piles..:).
As I said, these are easy. First thing is to wash them and put them in a pot of boiling salted water. They should boil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until you can stick them with a fork “fork tender”.
Next, is to grease a large cookie sheet, I used olive oil, but canola will do just as well. Arrange your ‘taters so that there is about 2 inched between them so that when you smash them they have room to spread out.
Ready to try these? Here you go.
- 1 bag 2" small potatoes
- Olive oil
- salt to taste
- For this recipe we are using small potatoes that are about 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
- Wash the potatoes and place in a pot large enough to allow them to be covered with water. Add about 1 tablespoon of salt to the water and bring to a boil.
- Once the potatoes are fork tender remove them from the stove. Drain the potatoes and rinse in cold water .
- Preheat your oven to 450°.
- Coat your cookie sheet with oil, not puddles of oil just a thin coat, so that the potatoes will not stick to it as they cook.
- Arrange the potatoes with about 2 inches between them and using your tool of choice press"smash" them onto the sheet. Repeat until all potatoes are smashed.
- Either lightly brush oil onto the potatoes or use cooking spray.
- Salt each potato to your taste.
- Place the potatoes into the oven and cook for about 20 minutes, checking on them at the halfway point so they do not burn.
- Once done, remove from cookie sheet and serve immediately..these are better good and warm if possible.
Courses side dish
Potatoes are my weakness in the food category….I use them to transport ketchup since that is what they were made for. These are great with any meal and fun to make. Give them a try and let me know how they are.