Friday, June 1, 2012
5 Ingredient Smashed Potatoes
This recipe is so easy you won't believe it! It has only 5 ingredients - potatoes, creme fraiche, thyme, salt and pepper. That's it! But it is literally the most luxurious smashed potato recipe I've ever made.
I usually like to roast potatoes (like all my veggies) but this was a totally different recipe than my usual olive oil laden potatoes. It's almost like mashed potatoes, but a million times better. I made it for this week's Thursday night barbecue and it was a hit! I wish I had made more! Now, in the name of full disclosure, this isn't the cheapest potato recipe. I don't grow fresh thyme (I wish I did) and creme fraiche is on the pricier side. But the end product is so good, you could serve it anywhere from a barbecue to a fancy dinner party.
I highly recommend this one! Even if you aren't great in the kitchen, I promise you will impress.
from Leite's Culinaria
1 1/2 pounds red- or ivory-skinned waxy potatoes, or a mixture or both, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, scrubbed
1 cup (8 ounces) creme fraiche
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 12 minutes or so.
2. Drain the potatoes and return them to the warm pan. Add the creme fraiche and chopped thyme and smash with a potato masher or fork until the potatoes are almost but not quite ready to break apart. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with the thyme sprigs, and serve right away.