Crispy smashed potatoes are the perfect recipe for evening snacks along with the lockdown Friday cocktail. Or as a meal in itself with minimal ingredients.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes is a great recipe to make especially when you have guests or parties at home or even for a simple meal with some roast chicken and the best part is you can do some of the prep way ahead as well. Preferably use baby potatoes or small size ones and no peeling is required for this recipe.
Boil them until fork-tender, smash them with a spoon or something heavy. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at 220C for about 30 -45 mins. You can always pre-boil the potatoes and keep them. Just throw them in the oven an hour before you plan on serving.
I’ve also dressed it up with some walnuts and raisins that were sauteed in chilli oil. Goes perfectly with sour cream, minty yoghurt or even hummus. You know your potatoes taste great when they are crispy on the outside and buttery soft from the inside.
COVID Isolation Thoughts
It’s been almost a month since we have all been at home. Well one day lesser than a month but that’s not a big deal. What started as a daily log has now turned almost into a weekly one (after it moved to alternate days and then twice a week and so on). But I think I need 48 hrs in a day to cope up. Wait, make that 48 MORE hours to cope up.
The last week was a terribly up and down week. One day I had all the energies, I cooked all three meals (good ones too). Then cleaned the house, played with Ojas and finished a lot of office work. Then the next two days I didn’t want to talk to anyone. Wanted to just sleep all day long which obviously isn’t possible which irritated me even more.
Sigh, the crazy ways this mind works. After a month we have now kind of fallen in pattern for supplies. I thank my luck and privilege for the fact that I have everything I need (and some of what which I want) at home or have access to it. So my crazy dreams about me or sister running out of food have actually now stopped.
And I know when I say this I am in an extreme place of privilege. I miss my earlier life, this new normal is hard. Both physically and emotionally. My anxiety is behaving strangely every day. And every day I have new problem I think of and worry about it. Like today, I wondered whether we will ever go back to hugging when we meet socially. Feels like a trivial issue I know but it bothered me so much, I like human touch. I love hugs and the fact that we might never think of Jhaadu ki Jhaapi as that magical thing is worrisome for me.
Anyways, this is all from me for today. Hopefully, I will write here sooner than a week next time.
Crispy smashed potatoes
- 10 nos baby potatoes if you don't get baby potatoes, use normal but small sized ones
- 3 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp chilli oil
- 2 tbsp Walnuts chopped
- 2 tbsp raisins
- 1 tsp black pepper powder
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- Take a big pot of water and bring it upto a boil.
- Add salt and the cleaned potatoes
- Let them cook until they are fork tender, when pricked your fork should go through easily.
- Drain the water and place them on a baking tray
- Pre heat your oven to 220C
- Meanwhile, using something heavy, like maybe the back of a saucepan, smash the potatoes, just so that it still holds a little shape.
- Drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper
- Place them in the oven and let it brown for about 30 mins
- For the walnut raisin drizzle, heat some chilli oil, toast walnuts in it
- Grate a clove or two of garlic into it.
- Add the raisins to the hot mix and turn off heat.
- Taste and add in a little bit of lime juice and salt to balance it.
- Once the potatoes are done, drizzle the walnuts and raisins all over and serve with your favourite dip.