Smashed Irish Potatoes

Smashed Irish Potatoes

Where on earth have I been?! It’s been too long! Between the upstairs construction project (which I’ll tell you about soon) + life with 3 1/2 teenagers + and my Food for a Year Shop it’s been a busy few months.

But the plan is to be a little more purposeful in posting – because it really is one of my favorite things!

So, let me tell you about this week’s St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipe.

It’s super simple – with just a handful of ingredients and steps.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • small red potatoes (about the size of a ping pong ball)
  • green onions, chopped
  • Italian parsley, chopped
  • olive oil
  • sea salt, (something coarse is great for this)
  • black pepper

Cover the potatoes with water and boil until just barely fork tender (meaning a fork can pierce a potato and release fairly smoothly).

While the potatoes are boiling, you’ll need to do 2 things –

First, preheat the oven to 400° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Second, combine onions, parsley, sea salt, black pepper and olive oil in a small mixing bowl. Using a muddler, crush the mixture together (a mortar and pestle will work great too). This will help to distribute the salt and pepper. But more importantly, the act of muddling releases those beautiful, bright and fresh essential oils locked deep inside the herbs and onions. The result? A power punch of flavor is added to the olive oil.

Once the potatoes are finished boiling, pour the muddled parsley, onions and olive oil over the drained, HOT potatoes.

Then pour the potatoes and oil out onto the parchment lined baking sheet and gently smash each potato using the flat bottom of a glass.

Bake at 400° to 10 minutes. Then bump the oven up to HIGH broil for 2 minutes (keeping a close eye). This will crisp the skins in the most delicious way!

That crisp salty jacket, coated in the the muddled mixture of herbs and green onions is so perfectly simple – and just good in the very best way! I hope this “something green” will keep you from getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day.

Smashed Irish Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 Mins Cooking Time: 25 Mins Total Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds small red potatoes (about the size of a ping pong ball)
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 2 t sea salt, (something coarse is great for this)
  • 1/2 t black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cover the potatoes with water and boil until just barely fork tender (meaning a fork can pierce a potato and release fairly smoothly).
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, you’ll need to do 2 things –
  3. First, preheat the oven to 400° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Second, combine onions, parsley, sea salt, black pepper and olive oil in a small mixing bowl. Using a muddler, crush the mixture together (a mortar and pestle will work great too). This will help to distribute the salt and pepper. But more importantly, the act of muddling releases those beautiful, bright and fresh essential oils locked deep inside the herbs and onions.
  5. Once the potatoes are finished boiling, pour the muddled parsley, onions and olive oil over the drained, HOT potatoes. 
  6. Then pour the potatoes and oil out onto the parchment lined baking sheet and gently smash each potato using the flat bottom of a glass.
  7. Bake at 400° to 10 minutes. Then bump the oven up to HIGH broil for 2 minutes (keeping a close eye). This will crisp the skins in the most delicious way!


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