Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crash Hot Potatoes

Here is a no-recipe recipe for a potato side dish. It's super easy and it is something different than a boring baked potato or mashed potatoes.  This was created by Australian food writer Jill Dupleix, it’s called “Crash Hot Potatoes” and it's on my list of favorite side dished to serve with pot roast or another hunk of meat.

Start by filling a large pot with cold water and add plenty of salt.
Wash your potatoes well. I used red skinned potatoes
Drop as many potatoes as you intend to make in your cold water and set over high heat to boil until fork tender.
If you have olive oil, spread that onto a cookie sheet. I used a spray like Pam to grease the sheet first.
Once the potatoes are tender, pull them out and place on your greased baking sheet.
With a potato masher, gently press down on each potato to smash them. Mine fell apart more than when Pioneer Woman did this.
The next step is to season generously with salt, pepper, olive oil or butter, and any fresh herbs you have on hand. Chopped rosemary would be wonderful here.

And that's it. Now throw them onto the top rack of a very hot (450-degree) oven, and cook them for 20-25 minutes…

The potatoes crisp up on top for a nice crunch, while the inside stays soft and creamy. Simple, yes, but a lovely twist on a boring potato side dish. I served this with my favorite post roast recipe, it is perfect!

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