Smashed roast potatoes

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Smashed roast potatoes

Smashed roast potatoes are a delicious and crispy alternative to traditional roasted or mashed potatoes. They have a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior, making them a perfect side dish for various meals. Here’s a simple recipe to make smashed roast potatoes:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds (about 680 grams) baby or small potatoes (Yukon Gold or red potatoes work well)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • Fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs (optional, for added flavor)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for garnish)
  • Chopped fresh parsley or chives (optional, for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 425Β°F (220Β°C). Place a large baking sheet in the oven to preheat as well.
  2. Prepare the Potatoes: Wash and scrub the potatoes, but leave the skins on for extra flavor and texture. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  3. Drain and Cool: Drain the cooked potatoes in a colander and let them cool for a few minutes until they are safe to handle.
  4. Smash the Potatoes: Place each potato on a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Use the palm of your hand or a flat surface (like a spatula) to gently press down on each potato until it’s partially flattened but still holds together. Be careful not to completely mash them; you want them to remain in one piece.
  5. Season the Potatoes: In a large bowl, toss the smashed potatoes with olive oil, minced garlic (if using), salt, and black pepper. You can also add fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs for added flavor.
  6. Roast the Potatoes: Carefully remove the preheated baking sheet from the oven. Brush it with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the seasoned smashed potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they have some space between them for crispiness. Roast in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and crispy.
  7. Serve: Once the potatoes are roasted to your liking, remove them from the oven. If desired, sprinkle them with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley or chives for added flavor.
  8. Enjoy your crispy smashed roast potatoes as a side dish with your favorite main course!

These smashed roast potatoes are versatile and can be seasoned with various herbs and spices to suit your taste. They make a great addition to any meal, from weeknight dinners to holiday feasts.