Sunday, April 4, 2010

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

I often forget how comforting, easy to make, and healthyish mashed potatoes can be.  I've never liked gravy on my potatoes, and often prefer them to be smashed rather than mashed.  So here it goes, my garlic smashed potato recipe (with skins left on!).

Serves 2

8 small new/red potatoes (washed and black bits cut off)
3 cloves garlic (add more if you like it really garlicky)
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons milk

Step 1: Cut potatoes and garlic cloves in half (you can also just smash the garlic with a giant knife)
Step 2: Put potatoes and garlic in a saucepan of salted water that covers the potatoes
Step 3: Put temperature of stove on high, and boil potatoes and garlic for about 15 minutes, or until fork tender
Step 4: Drain water and garlic from pot while keeping potatoes in the pot
Step 5: Smash potatoes with fork until it gets to the texture you like
Step 6: Stir in butter, milk, and salt and pepper to taste

If you want to fancy up your potatoes, you can add sour cream in place of the butter and some of the milk, and/or add some chives as well.

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