quick & tasty smashed red potatoes

Quick & Tasty Smashed Red Potatoes

This is my go-to potato recipe because it is so easy to do and results in slightly crispy garlic-buttery potato goodness.  By microwaving the potatoes then broiling them, you can have the whole dish done in about 20 minutes, compared to the usual roasting methods that take a lot more time. Also I find smashing the potatoes with my hands (protected by an oven mitt) pretty fun to do; I admit that is kind of weird, but hey it’s the little things.

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quick & tasty smashed red potatoes

If you aren’t in a hurry you can roast the potatoes the traditional way at about 450°f for 20-25 minutes instead of using the broiler. This results in more of an even browning than the broiler but it of course takes a little longer.  Broiling also requires a little more babysitting: you have to watch them to make sure they don’t burn and maybe turn the pan around so they cook evenly, but if you’re looking for last minute potatoes, it’s the way to go!

quick & tasty smashed red potatoes

quick & tasty smashed red potatoes

Quick & Tasty Smashed Red Potatoes

Serves 2-4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6-8 washed red potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

1. Put the potatoes in a microwave safe dish with about 1/4 cup water. Cover with parchment paper or wax paper and microwave for about 6 minutes or until they are easily pierced with a fork.
2. Put a piece of paper towel over the potato then smash each potato with the bottom of a glass or with your hand covered by an oven mitt. Mix the minced garlic and melted butter, then drizzle or brush it over the potatoes. Sprinkle them with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
3. Broil the potatoes for 8-12 minutes to desired crispiness. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn / are cooking evenly.

Note

Alternatively you can roast the (potatoes instead of broiling) in the oven at 450°f for 20-25 minutes.

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