Crispy Smashed Potatoes

by inspiredrd on September 30, 2012

One of the questions I get from my Mamavation moms is, “Can I still eat potatoes?”. Somewhere along the way, most of you have probably been told potatoes are a “bad” food and you should stay away from them. I’m here to tell you they’re not as bad as you think.

In fact, when you rescue a potato from the deep-fryer, you find one of the best food sources of potassium on the planet. When you save a potato from calorie-bomb toppings such as sour cream and butter, you get a good source of vitamin C and fiber.

The key lies in how you prepare your potato and how big your portion size is. This recipe calls for small yukon gold potatoes and just a spritz of olive oil. Take one and pass them around for a healthy starch that satisfies the craving for fried potatoes.

Plan on preparing one potato per person.  Wash the potatoes and place in a large pot.  Fill with enough water to cover potatoes.  Bring water to a boil over high heat, then lower to a simmer and cover.  Cook for about twenty minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Set potatoes aside to cool.  Lay out a piece of parchment paper and grab a towel.

Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, use your towel and the pressure from your hand to smash each potato.

Spray smashed potatoes with olive oil and roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until crispy.

Sprinkle with fresh chives before serving.

And there you have it, a healthy crispy potato!

Crispy Smashed Potatoes
Recipe type: Side
 
A healthy version of crispy potatoes.
Ingredients
  • 1 small Yukon gold potato per person
  • Olive oil in a Misto sprayer
  • 2 Tbsp. chives, snipped
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes and place in large pot. Fill with enough water to cover potatoes. Bring water to a boil over high heat, then lower to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender.
  2. While potatoes are boiling, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. After 20 minutes, remove potatoes from water and set aside to cool.
  4. Spread parchment paper over a large baking sheet. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, use a dish towel and your hands to smash each potato.
  5. Spray smashed potatoes with olive oil and cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until crispy.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh chives before serving.

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  • http://morselsoflife.com CJ @ Morsels of Life

    I’ve never made these potatoes in the oven, but it seems like a much more efficient way! I’ll have to give it a try. :)

    • inspiredrd

      Hope you like them!

  • Cami

    Thank you! A great way I can feed potato to my allergic-to-everything-boy! :)

    • inspiredrd

      Hope he loves them as much as we do!

  • http://lifesabowl.com Life’s a Bowl

    I made a similar recipe to this a few weeks ago and my husband loved them! Crispy on the edges and soft on the inside, loved it! We added a sprinkling of parm cheese to them :)

    • inspiredrd

      The parmesan cheese addition sounds wonderful!

  • http://thefoodery.wordpress.com Jennifer@The Foodery

    Anything with “crispy” in the name is hard to resist. I love this idea, so simple and perfect! :)

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