16 January, 2018
One Potato, Two Potato, Smashed Potatoes
Potatoes are a good food source that have saved people from starvation in hard times and yet have taken a bad rap when the world became carb conscious. Some interesting facts from the International Potato Center:
“There are over 4,000 edible varieties of potato, mostly found in the Andes of South America. Potato is the third most important food crop in the world after rice and wheat in terms of human consumption. More than a billion people worldwide eat potato, and global total crop production exceeds 300 million metric tons. Potato is a critical crop in terms of food security in the face of population growth and increased hunger rates.”
And the IPC boasts the nutritional value of potatoes:
“Potatoes are an excellent, low-fat source of carbohydrates, with one-fourth the calories of bread. Boiled, they have more protein than maize and nearly twice the calcium. An average serving of potatoes with the skin on provides about 10 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber.”
I remember an embarrassing story about potatoes when I was a young girl in grade school. We had just moved to a new neighborhood in Los Angeles and I was in a new school. The lesson was about nutrition and the teacher was asking the students questions about the food their family ate. She went through the meats and various vegetables and then…. potatoes. She asked the students who ate potatoes regularly to raise their hands. She questioned those that didn’t raise their hands, I was one of them. She seemed concerned we didn’t eat potatoes regularly. We ate pasta a lot, but she didn’t ask me about that.
The next thing I knew, the teacher had called my mother. Whoa was I in trouble. I’m not sure what the teacher thought about our family or what kind of conversation she had with my mother. Where we had moved to was just another suburb of Los Angeles so you’d think the melting pot environment was understood.
A harsh lecture from my mother kept me out of trouble at school for a few days, and I noticed potatoes started appearing at the dinner table a little more often.
Boil potatoes first.
Once boiled, drizzle butter herb mixture over the potatoes.
Smash those potatoes. Great way to release tensions and frustrations – so I found out. 🙂
- • 1 lb. potatoes (variety options: small red, baby Yukons, small russets)*
- • 2 cloves garlic, minced
- • 1 tsp. thyme
- • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
- • kosher salt
- • Freshly ground black pepper
- • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Add potatoes to a large pot of salted boiling water.
- Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and let sit until cool enough to handle.
- Toss cooled potatoes with melted butter, garlic and thyme.
- On a large rimmed baking sheet, add potatoes. Using the end of a small glass or major jar, press down on the potatoes to smash them into a flat patty.
- Season each smashed potato with salt and pepper, then sprinkle Parmesan on top.
- Bake until the bottoms of the potatoes are beginning to crisp and the Parmesan is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
- *I have used small russets and red potatoes when making this recipe. Both tasted great.
- Leftover potatoes are good reheated and added to breakfast and other meals.