A savory and super-simple Smashed Red Potatoes With Garlic and Chives Recipe that’s crispy on the outside, lush and velvety on the inside!
Smashed Red Potatoes With Garlic and Chives
Ah, the potato. Growing up in Quebec, I developed an outsized fondness for all things spud-related. That may have something to do with poutine (French fries topped with squeaky cheese-curds and drowned in gravy) being the unofficial dish-of-the-province. In my neighborhood there were two cabanes à patates (literally: potato shacks), and we’d head there often for a French fry fix. Fast forward a couple decades, and my love for fries hasn’t abated in the least. But a girl can’t live on fries alone! This smashed red potatoes with garlic and chives recipe came about the other night in response to my serious craving for fries – and my equal desire to keep my food intake on the healthier side. It’s a compromise that tastes so good, you’d think I was cheating!
Potatoes themselves are quite good for you. They are low in calories, high in fiber and are a complex carbohydrate. Nice! These smashed red potatoes are first boiled, then pan-fried in a small amount of olive oil. The resulting texture is that of a of a great latke or hash-brown on the outside, while keeping it soft and velvety on the inside. They make such a great addition to a meal – or stand on their own as a wonderful savory snack. I can totally see myself munching on these golden-brown nuggets of awesome with a glass of iced tea the next time my girlfriends drop by for a get-together.
This was a fun recipe to make as well. I love it when I get to play with my food! Once the red potatoes are boiled, rinsed and drained, the smashing begins! Ok, maybe not barbaric smashing. But a gentle press on the boiled potato with your palm will get the job done. You’re looking to flatten each potato to about a half-inch thickness. Once they’re all ‘smashed,’ it’s off to the frying pan where the real magic happens. These crispy smashed red potatoes may just be my new French fry. How about you? What’s your favorite food from childhood? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Other simple, delicious potato recipes:
- Easy Cheesy Potatoes With Soy Sauce
- Mashed Potatoes With Mushroom Gravy
- Easy Scalloped Potatoes With Caramelized Fennel
- Healthy Red Potato Salad
- Japanese Potato Salad
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A savory and super easy-to-make Smashed Red Potatoes Recipe that’s crispy on the outside, lush and velvety on the inside!
- 12 baby red potatoes (you can also use yellow potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (finely chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons chives (finely chopped)
- kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Bring a pot of water to boil and add the potatoes. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes are cooked through, but not overcooked (about 15 minutes). Test by inserting a skewer: if it pierces through the potato easily, they are ready to be taken out of the water. Drain the potatoes and rinse under cold water. Drain well again and set aside.
- Lay a kitchen towel on your counter and place the potatoes on top. Leave enough space between the potatoes so they are easy to pick up once they have been flattened. Gently flatten each potato using the palm of your hand by pressing down until they are about 1/2 inch thick. Repeat until all the potatoes are flat.
- In a large pan over high heat, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add potatoes to the pan, making sure you are not over crowding the pan. You may need to do this in two separate batches. Cook on one side for 4-5 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Flip the potatoes over, season with salt and pepper and cook for another 4-5 minutes until crispy. Transfer potatoes to a plate and set aside. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, until it turns golden brown.Turn the heat off and add garlic on top of the potatoes.
- Top with a drizzle of high quality extra virgin olive oil, fresh chives and more salt and pepper.
This Smashed Red Potatoes With Garlic and Chives Recipe is:
Very low in sodium
Very low in sugar
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 360
- Sugar: 5.5 g
- Sodium: 76.8 mg
- Fat: 7.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 68.1 g
- Fiber: 7.3 g
- Protein: 8.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: recipe, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, appetizer