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.
Listed below are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:
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. 😉
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.
Next, add the half-and-half, butter, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper and continue to smash. Should look something like below:
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.
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!