Sunday, August 28, 2011

Giada's Fried Smashed Potatoes (w/ lemons)

I saw this episode of Giada at Home while at a friedns and just knew I had to find this recipe - my boyfriend LOATHES mashed potatoes, but somehow, baked potatoes are okay.  Time to try a compromise.

Potatoes:

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • For the potatoes: Put the potatoes in an 8-quart stockpot with enough cold water to cover by at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow to dry for 5 minutes. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the potatoes until lightly smashed.

  • In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 cup of oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly brown, about 1 minute. Remove the garlic and discard. In batches, add the potatoes and cook, without stirring, until the bottoms turn golden brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the potatoes over and cook, drizzling with oil, if needed, until golden brown on the other side for another 5 to 8 minutes.

  • For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  • Spoon the dressing over the potatoes and toss gently until coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  • Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and serve. 
Recipe from:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/fried-smashed-potatoes-with-lemons-recipe/index.html

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