Have you ever found yourself innocently walking through the grocery store, when suddenly, something catches your eye…..You’re not sure what it is yet, but as you draw ever nearer, it all becomes clear. Baby red potatoes, those little jewels somehow find their way into the shopping cart, onto the checkout thingy, into your car, and finally find a temporary home in your pantry. I say temporary because, once you discover all the possibilities for these bad boys, there’s no turning back. This recipe for Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes brings out all the simply delicious flavor of those aforementioned delicacies, while still remaining true to the original product. Or something like that. Smashed potatoes pair well with meat, poultry, seafood, barbecue…..pretty much everything! Just tailor the flavor of the potatoes to complement the main course, and you’re set. This episode of Delicious Food 101 features The Chef, La Critico, and El Gastronomo.
The Chef: “La Critico, how do you like these potatoes?” La Critico: “Well they’re pretty good I guess.” The Chef: “Anything else?” La Critico: “They’re better than most things.” The Chef: “Yes, I suppose they are.”
The Chef: “El Gastronomo, what do you think?” El Gastronomo: “These potatoes are really good, I especially enjoyed the crispy edges, as it adds a certain smoky flavor to the dish.”
The Ingredients: 10-12 baby red potatoes, 6 tbsp. butter, 3-4 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp. black pepper.
Place the baby potatoes in a large pot, cover them with water, and bring to a boil. Boil for twenty minutes. Line a baking sheet with foil. Drain the potatoes and use the back of a wooden spoon to smash each one flat on the baking sheet. Make sure you leave some space in-between each potato. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While the oven preheats, melt the butter over medium heat, add the minced garlic. Turn the heat to low and let sit for about five minutes, or until the oven is preheated. Strain the butter through a strainer. Brush evenly over all of the potatoes. Stir the spices together and sprinkle evenly over the potatoes. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned and crispy.
Potatoes, beautiful potatoes…..
UPDATE: Sorry about the lack of photos, I’m not sure what happened, but they’re here now!