For an easy side-dish, great for entertaining, try my new favorite potato dish.
Oven-Roasted Smashed Potatoes with Gremolata serves 4-6
- 1 dozen new potatoes (you could also use redskin potatoes)
- 4 cloves of garlic, whole & peeled
- sea salt
- cracked black pepper
- olive oil
Fill a large pot with water and 2-3 heaping tablespoons of sea salt, bring to a boil. Add the potatoes and reduce heat to medium. Cook until tender – use a sharp knife to test. Drain and cool them for 5 minutes.
Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil. On a cutting board, place each potato under a spatula (or lunch plate would work), I use a heavy meat tenderizer from Williams Sonoma. Press down with even pressure – gently – smashing but not pulverizing.
Drizzle the potatoes generously with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and black pepper over them. (I also put the garlic cloves that boiled with the potatoes on the sheet pan)
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Bake the potatoes for 18-20 minutes, remove, flip each one. Drizzle with more olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Bake for another 18-20 minutes. Remove the pan from oven, turn off heat. Top the potatoes with Gremolata (see recipe below) and place the pan back in the oven for 5 minutes and serve.
- Zest from 1 orange, 1 lemon and 1 lime
- 1-2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 t sea salt
- 1 t coarse black pepper
- red pepper flakes (to taste)
- 1/2-3/4 cup chopped parsley
I use a mezzaluna given to me by my lifelong BFF, to chop the parsley and garlic, having first place the citrus zest, salt and pepper under the parsley and garlic. Cover until ready to serve.
This is what is looks like: