April 22, 2016

Rustic Smashed Potatoes

I know. I know. There are probably a million potato recipes out there. 

But, if you are like me and love potatoes you are willing to read about one more potato recipe. This is a great weekend recipe for when you are busy doing other things and do not want to hover over the stove. Quick. Easy. Tasty.

This is simple, and can be prepared by anyone who knows how to turn on an oven.

My rustic baked smashed potatoes...loved by all. 

Begin with a bag of small red potatoes. Wash and scrub them and leave to dry. Line a cake pan with aluminum foil to make cleanup easier. 

Olive oil drizzled new potatoes, sprinkled with sea salt

Rustic Smashed Potatoes
  • Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and roll them around so that they are fully coated in the oil. Next, sprinkle some sea salt over the top. Just a tiny bit. 
  • Bake the potatoes in a preheated 400 degree oven for just under an hour (more or less -until fork tender.)
  • Remove potatoes from the oven and begin smashing them in the baking pan. 
  • Use a meat pounder or a potato masher to smash potatoes. The idea is to totally smash the potato and chunk up the skin. You may want to slice the potatoes some before smashing them. 
  • After smashing the potatoes, add small pats of real butter onto the top.  The amount is up to you! I am generous with the butter. 
  • Sprinkle some garlic salt after the butter. 
  • Pop into the oven for about 5 minutes to crisp up the skins just a bit. 
  • Cover the potatoes with cheese and return to the oven. I used cheddar. But any melting cheese that you like would could be used ...based on your own likes.
  • Remove from the oven after the cheese has fully melted. Oh Yum!  Watch carefully to not burn the cheese. Each cheese melts differently.
  • Optional...add some bacon bits, chunks, etc. This could be transformed into a loaded potato style dish. Top with any ingredients you wish.

Top the baked smashed potatoes with shredded cheese, then melt.
Take a look below at the potato I served myself. I have to tell you, I can eat a potato about any way. But this may be the simplest potato dish I have ever done. No measuring. Just bake the potatoes, smash, top with cheese, and melt. Oh my!

I do believe this would work for a country breakfast or brunch as well as a steak night, or cookout.  

For me...I can eat a serving as a meal in itself. !

Or son was home and had my new potato dish, and said he liked this better than when I used large baking potatoes. This quick potato dish got high grades. So if you need something quick and easy, here you go. 

I think you could also bake the potatoes the day or night before, and then smash them the next day to make this even quicker. Microwave the smashed potatoes to warm them maybe before adding the butter and toppings...then put into the oven to melt the cheese. 

The rest of the menu was hubby's crock pot pork loin cooked chicken broth, as well as skillet corn. Yes...heavy on carbs, but oh so yummy. We rarely eat a double dose of carbs...but it sure was good! :-)

Our daughter cooked her pork loin this way and it was so tender after several hours in the Crock Pot on low. Hubby did the same thing...and our pork was fork tender! Who knew? 

Bon Appétit!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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