I followed the recipe pretty much as she has it on the website. I used crushed parsley though and I think she used thyme or something.
Small red potatoes - as many as you'll eat. I used about 20 I think. Remember, both my boys are home now!
Parsley (or other herbs as you like)
Cook whole potatoes on stove in a pot of boiling water until fork tender. This took about 1 hour.
Drizzle quite a bit of olive oil on a baking sheet. I also used my pastry brush to spread it out.
Place potatoes on baking sheet spacing a couple inches apart. I had too many on the sheet and they ended up smashed together. That really doesn't make that much difference though.
Smash the potatoes with a potato masher so they're flat like a cookie. You could also use a fork.
Brush olive oil on each potato and sprinkle with Kosher salt, pepper (I don't use much of that though) and crushed parsley (or other herbs). Use plenty of salt. I do like the Kosher better for this because it's a courser grain and sticks to the potatoes nicely.
Bake at 450 degrees on top rack of oven for about 15 - 20 min. until lightly browned and a little crispy around the edges. I think the potatoes on the website look a little burnt myself. Ours were nicely browned. I probably could have cooked them a little longer, but my people were hungry and ready to eat!
That's it! Pretty easy really.
While the potatoes were baking, I was busy frying up some delicious catfish!
Add some coleslaw and you've got yourself a meal. If you want to make coleslaw yourself, I recommend using Marie's brand coleslaw dressing. It's actually really good for store bought and is super easy of you buy a bag of the already shredded coleslaw.
The verdict: Pretty darn good! Everyone said this is a keeper recipe. They're almost a cross between scalloped potatoes and french fries. A nice alternative to mashed potatoes. Kelin did suggest adding chopped bacon to them. I think that is an excellent idea! Or maybe even bacon bits of you're in a hurry. You can't go wrong with bacon.
There you have it. Smashed Potatoes. It's going in my recipe binder. Did I mention that in addition to trying all of these recipes I'm also organizing them. I went to Staples and bought this extremely cute 3 ring binder and all the inside fixins (tabbed dividers, colored cartstock, etc.). All these stray recipes, both on paper, and on my computer, are causing my OCD skin to crawl. I just can't take it anymore. Now that I've started, I won't be satisfied until it's all organized. Maybe after I get all this organization under way, I'll blog it. Now that I'm on summer break, I'll have plenty of time to work on it!