Baked smashed potatoes a crispy consolation meals with out deep frying – Abilene Reporter-News

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If you’ve gotten additional time, you may cook dinner crispy potatoes with out deep frying.

All it takes – riffing off the “po-ta-toes” scene within the film “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” – is to boil ’em, smash ’em and bake ’em on a sheet pan.

This preparation is usually referred to as smashed potatoes as a result of they will not be fully pulverized, riced or whipped like mashed potatoes.

As against mushy, mashed potatoes in a rabbit stew extolled by Samwise Gamgee in “The Two Towers,” smashed potatoes are a country dish with a crispy exterior and fluffy inside.

They may be seasoned mainly with salt and pepper and completed with butter, or jazzed up with different spices and topping. The recipe beneath options garlic seasoning and Parmesan cheese. 

The dish begins with small potatoes, generally referred to as new potatoes. That time period refers to not a particular spud selection however an age. New potatoes are dug early within the harvesting season, or earlier than maturity.

Some folks suppose new potatoes style barely sweeter. I simply suppose they style higher. 

Any selection may be made into smashed potatoes, however I like to recommend crimson potatoes. During the two-step cooking course of that begins with boiling the potatoes after which crisping them within the oven, the crimson selection hits the right texture stability between delicate and nonetheless having some physique.

Smashed potatoes are like a grown-up aspect dish to have with meatloaf, steak or roasted or fried rooster. 

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Local produce

Locally grown potatoes and different produce can be found on the Abilene Farmers Market. It is open 7 a.m. to midday Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the Frontier Texas! overflow car parking zone, North First and Mesquite streets.

Vendors additionally promote crops, jams, jellies, eggs, beef, pork, rooster, baked items, pecans, honey, soaps and lotions.

Local produce and meat are also accessible at Denton Valley Farms, 8750 County Road 224, Clyde. For the summer season, hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 

Both markets replace their Facebook accounts recurrently with product availability. 

Heat and excessive winds within the late spring have delayed some harvests this yr, so be versatile together with your menu planning.

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Share your favourite recipes or food-related historic recollections by emailing Laura Gutschke at [email protected]

Smashed Potatoes


1 1/2 to 2 kilos crimson or yellow new potatoes (in regards to the measurement of plums or golf balls)

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Freshly floor black pepper

Granulated garlic

1/4-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded


1. Rinse and scrub the potatoes clear, maintaining the pores and skin intact as a lot as attainable. Use a paring knife to chop out pits or crevices.

2. Put potatoes in a pot and canopy with water (about 1/2 to 1 inch beneath water). Add a few tablespoon of salt to the water and switch warmth to excessive. Bring to a boil after which decrease warmth to medium excessive. Cook till a fork can slip simply right into a potato, about 20 to 25 minutes, relying on the dimensions of the potatoes. Drain potatoes in a big colander and let cool about 5 minutes. 

3. While potatoes are cooking, warmth oven to 425 levels. 

4. Pat potatoes dry (much less moisture will enhance their crispiness throughout roasting). Place evenly on sheet pan. Season with salt and pepper to style and toss with olive oil on sheet pan, evenly coating the potatoes and the baking sheet in the method. 

5. Use a potato masher, again of metallic serving spoon or backside of a sturdy cup to press potatoes to about 1/3- to 1/2-inch thickness for smashed potatoes. Lightly season on high with garlic. 

6. Bake for 10 minutes, then take away from oven. Sprinkle a number of pinches of Parmesan on every potato. Return sheet pan to oven and bake about 15 extra minutes, till potatoes are crispy on the perimeters and backside. Serve instantly, with butter on the aspect for additional indulgence. Yields about 4-6 servings.

Laura Gutschke is a normal task reporter and meals columnist and manages on-line content material for the Reporter-News.  If you respect domestically pushed information, you may assist native journalists with a digital subscription to

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