Thursday, June 2, 2011

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes
(Courtesy of Cooks Illustrated, altered slightly by me)

Small red bliss potatoes or small gold potatoes (However many you want per person)
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
Garlic powder

1. Adjust oven racks to top and bottom positions and heat oven to 500 degrees. Put potatoes on a baking sheet and pour 3/4 cup of water into the pan and wrap tightly with tin foil. Cook on bottom rack until soft (paring knife slips in and out easily) about 25-30 minutes. (This will depend on how big your potatoes are). Remove foil and cool for 10 minutes. If any water remains, blog dry with paper towel.

2. Drizzle some olive oil over potatoes and roll to coat them. Space potatoes evenly on baking sheet and place a second baking sheet on top and press down on the potatoes, flattening the potatoes (or just splitting them open). Drizzle a little more olive oil over the top of the potatoes again and season each potato with a little garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley and thyme.

3. Put the potatoes back into the oven on the top rack for 15 minutes. Then transfer the potatoes to the bottom rack and continue to roast until well browned (20-30 minutes longer).

Serve immediately.

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