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Amazing Smashed Potatoes
Amazing Smashed Potatoes Photo courtesy of Erin McDowell

Remember the deli scene in When Harry Met Sally? Well, these potatoes are seriously that good. Just a few ingredients and a couple extra steps are the key to amazing spuds that are crazy-crispy on the outside and wonderfully creamy on the inside. They pair well with nearly any entrée, from Hanukkah brisket to Christmas ham. To top it all off, the garlic will have your kitchen smelling so incredible that your guests will say, “I’ll have what she’s cooking.”

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Start to Finish: 40 minutes

Ingredients

2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 head garlic

Kosher salt

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with 1 inch of water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat and parboil the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until they just start to become tender. Drain the potatoes well in a colander.

2. While the potatoes are parboiling, pour the olive oil onto a half sheet pan and place it into the preheated oven. Once the potatoes have been drained, pour them onto the hot oiled pan and roast them for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the potatoes have a golden crust on the bottom. While the potatoes cook, separate the garlic cloves from one another, leaving their skins intact.

3. Using a spatula, flip the potatoes so that the crusty sides face upward. Add the garlic cloves to the pan, then continue to roast for 7 to 9 minutes more, or until the potatoes have a crispy golden crust on the bottom again.

4. Remove the pan from the oven and smash each potato gently with a large fork. Season the potatoes with the salt, to taste, and serve immediately.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Potato, po-tah-to! Not all spuds are created equal, so be sure to use Yukon Gold to experience the very best this dish has to offer. If you can’t find the baby variety, buy larger potatoes and cut them into one-inch wedges.

  • These potatoes are perfect on their own, but they can be dressed with fresh herbs, shredded cheese, even crumbled bacon. Fair warning: Make a double batch.

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