ULTRA CRISPY SMASHED POTATOES

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Introducing your new favourite potato recipe – buttery, crispy SMASHED POTATOES! Crazy crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, there’s a serious risk that only half of these will make it to the dinner table….

On the off chance that you are yet to encounter the delights of fresh crushed potatoes, and my first experience was just 3 years prior when I was acquainted with them by Claire from Sprinkles and Sprouts, an individual Australian food blogger, these will change your potato game forever.These taste like rich french fries, though they are look totally changed. “Natural”, I proclaim grandly. They’re feathery within, and ultra firm on both the underside and on a superficial level. Every one of those edges are the awesome! Disregard crushing them flawless and level – the more nubbly the surface, the better the crunch!!!

Likewise, you can thoroughly go ahead and add flavorings like garlic and dried spices, yet they do consume a piece so you’ll get minimal dark pieces on a superficial level. Actually, these are so exceptionally scrumptious as they will be, they needn’t bother with much else! (In my own, potato-assessment). would be absolutely cheerful simply crunching on these as a tidbit. What’s more, in the event that I had a bigger broiler, or different stoves, I would make heaps of these and serve them as a nibble at get-togethers. Since, in such a case that you make these with little potatoes as I have done, they are wonderful finger food eating size.

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Extra crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. They taste like French fries except they’re buttery (and look more rustic! 🙂 ) These will be your new favourite way with potatoes! Makes 12, depending on size of potatoes. Make as many as can fit on the tray once smashed, as long as they aren’t touching.

Ingredients

  • POTATOES – CHOOSE:
  • 700g / 1.4 lb small potatoes (12 – 14) (Note 1)
  • 1 – 1.2kg / 2 – 2.4lb medium potatoes (6 – 8)
  • COOKING:
  • 1 tbsp salt (for boiling)
  • 30g / 2 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt (for sprinkling)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Finely chopped parsley , optional garnish.

Instructions

  • Cook potatoes: Bring a pot of water to the boil, add 1 tbsp salt. Cook potatoes until soft – small ones should take around 20 to 25 minutes, medium ones might take 30 minutes. It’s ok if the skin splits. Alternatively, steam or microwave them.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F (180°C fan).
  • Steam dry: Drain the potatoes and let them dry in the colander for 5 minutes or so.
  • Smash! Place on the tray then use a large fork or potato masher to squish them, keeping them in one piece. Thin = crisper. Thicker = fluffier insides. (Both good!) More nubbly surface = better crunch!
  • Steam dry again: Leave on the tray to steam dry for 5 minutes or so – makes them crispier!
  • Drizzle: Drizzle with butter, then olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake: Bake for 45 minutes (small potatoes) to 55 minutes (medium) or until deep golden and crispy. Do not flip!
  • Serve hot, sprinkled with parsley if desired.
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Recipe Notes:

1. I’ve used a variety of potatoes over the years and this works great with all types, including baby potatoes. High starch potatoes will yield a fluffier inside, whereas waxy potatoes are a bit less fluffy but are sort of creamy. You’ll love both!You can make these with smaller or medium potatoes. Small ones – size of a golf ball or smaller – will come out crisper (like finger food, you can pick them up), whereas larger ones have the same crispiness on the surface but you get more fluffy potato on the inside because they don’t get squished as thinly. I like them both ways!2. Flavourings: If you add garlic or dried herbs into the butter, it has a tendency to burn so you end up with black bits and they can be bitter. If you’re really keen for garlic flavour, use the side of your knife to smash 2 cloves so they burst open. Place in small saucepan with butter and melt, then leave to infuse with garlic flavour. Discard cloves and proceed with recipe.For herbs, add a generous amount (dried or fresh) into the pot of boiling water so the potatoes get infused with herb flavour. Discard herbs and proceed with recipe.

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