California Central Coast Recipes

Smashed Potatoes

2017 TheRomanticTable.com
Smashed potatoes is a rustic "manly" side dish to accompany a beef roast or a braised beef dish like Beef Pizzaiola, Central Coast Style. It is guaranteed to please the meat and potato crowd! The taste is surprisingly complex, combining the taste of baked potatoes, roast potatoes and hash browns all in the same dish!

The most important thing is to use a good, small boiling type potato like Red potatoes or Dutch Gold. Also, keep the potatoes on the smallish size. This allows the flavors to combine more evenly.


www.theromantictable.com 2017, Smashed Potatoes
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
MAKES 6 SERVINGS.
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Ingredients.

3 pounds Small Boiling Potatoes like Red or Dutch Gold , 2'' diameter
1/4 pound Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon , diced
1/2 teaspoons Dried Thyme , or to taste
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Large onion , thinly sliced and segments separated
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Grated Parmesan Cheese



Preparation Directions.

1 Preheat the oven to 350F

2 Wash the potatoes and clean off any damaged areas, but keep the potatoes unpeeled and whole.

3 Parboil the potatoes until just tender, about 20 minutes. Remove and drain.

4 While the potatoes are cooking, in a saute pan large enough to hold the sliced onion, add the bacon and saute over medium heat until it is browned. Add the olive oil, sliced onion, dried thyme and several grinds of black pepper. Continue to saute the onion until it is golden brown and sweet.

5 Spread the bottom of a 19 x 11 inch baking pan or one large enough to hold the potatoes with 1/2 of the onion bacon mixture.

6 Take each potato, cut a shallow "X" into the top, and with a pan or small cutting board, press down and squash it. Press just enough to "mushroom" it out, but not cause it to break completely apart and place it in the pan. Continue until the potatoes completely fill the pan in a single layer.

7 Spread the remaining 1/2 of the onion mixture on top of the potatoes. Grate Parmesan cheese on top and place in a 350F oven to bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are well browned on top.


Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Smashed potatoes go naturally with any kind of beef roast, and especially well with Beef Pizzaiola, Central Coast Style.

A tip from Sue!

Save those Parmesan cheese rinds!

Save those Parmesan cheese rinds when you get through with a brick of Parmesan cheese! They can be used to flavor soups deliciously. Store them in the freezer in a plastic bag, and use as needed.

The Parmesan rinds give unbelievable flavor and soul to soups and will turn a bowl of soup into an "entree" worthy of any guest. I generally use about two ounces of Parmesan cheese rinds to a stockpot of soup. Add them in after you've added the liquid and let them cook along with the rest of your soup's ingredients. You won't be sorry!

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