Parmesan Smashed Potatoes!

Good Morning!

Hope everyone had a lovely week!  I sure as hell did!  One of my best friends got married and it was absolutely stunning!  I cannot express how happy and excited I am for the newlyweds.  Congratulations! I love you guys and am wishing you nothing but the best!

Moving on from my sappy week, this week’s recipe is going to feature one of my favorite comfort foods: Parmesan Smashed Potatoes!  It’s a filling side dish, which can be paired with a lot of main courses, such as rib roast, steak, chicken, so on and so forth.

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Listed below are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:

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Ingredients:

5 Lb bag of red potatoes – unpeeled

1 2/3 Cup half-and-half

2/3 Cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (can substitute for sour cream)

2/3 Cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 Tsp. ground pepper

3 1/2 Tbsp. salt

1/2 Stick of butter

1 Tsp. minced garlic

First, add the potatoes and 1 tbsp. of salt to a large pot of water and boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid and let cook for 25-35 minutes.

Just a Little Tip (JLT): You can tell the potatoes are done when you can easily put a knife in the pot to quarter them without any resistance.  If you feel more comfortable, you can quarter the potatoes before boiling them.  Whatever floats your boat love. 😉

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At this point, turn off the heat and drain the water from the pot.  You can do this one of two ways.  If you have a partner, you can tip over the pot into the sink and have your partner use a lid to hold the potatoes in while letting the water escape through a little sliver.  Or, if you don’t have someone to assist, you can use a colander.

Once the potatoes are drained, place them back into the pot from whence they came, and use a masher.  I’m old school and like to use my hands (rarr), so I used the below masher to smash my potatoes until the  consistency I deemed worthy.

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Next, add the half-and-half, butter, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper and continue to smash.  Should look something like below:

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If you want to be fancy, you can chop up some Rosemary and fold it into the potatoes with a spatula.  Give  the dish a little extra flavoring.

Place into a serving dish and you’ve got yourself a beautiful helping of Parmesan Smashed Potatoes.

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Woo!  Accomplishment!

As always, thank you for following along with me on Stark Naked Cooking! I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to seeing you next Friday for our next recipe!

Buen provecho!

-V
Yum

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