Smashed Potatoes

Thank you for hanging with me during my hard drive crash. Lesson learned. And now I have (or will have tomorrow!) a new, non-school-owned MacBook Pro. When 90% of my school laptop's hard drive contains personal, non-school-related files, it's time to get my own. I think the tech department will thank me. In fact, they already have ;)

Anyway, today I'm sharing a yummy, easy side dish that we had for dinner last night. Here is the {pin} where I found it.

Ingredients (I didn't include amounts because it's flexible with how many you want to make):
small potatoes
olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
herbs, optional
shredded cheese, optional

I don't know about you, but I always forget that I have potatoes until they start growing eyes. Don't judge me. So pre-step one, take the eyes off. Step one, boil them until they are fork-tender, ie. you can easily stick a fork in them.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Drizzle olive oil on your baking sheet so they don't stick.

Put the potatoes on the baking sheet and give them enough room to spread after they are smooshed.

Take a potato masher or a drinking glass (which is what I did) and press down until the skin breaks and they spread out a bit.

Brush the top with more olive oil. I just sprinkled more oil on the top and used my finger to spread it out. BAD IDEA. Hot potato + oil = hot oil and therefore a burnt finger. Duh.

Sprinkle on kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. If you're a fresh-herb-type person, feel free to add that during this step as well. I'm not that person.

Stick in the oven for 20-25 minutes until they are crispy.

My husband ate two before I got this picture taken. If you are a cheesy person *raising hand*, sprinkle shredded cheese on the top and let it melt.

That's all there is to it. Enjoy!

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  1. Boy, oh boy, do these potatoes sound GOOOOOOOD! This is one recipe I WILL be trying. I am a potato freak! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Loved your step by step! Humorous and informative. Looks and sounds great; I cannot wait to try! :)

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  3. UGG Diane! I didn't know your hard drive crashed too! What is it about June and computers. I lost everything, and have been slowly trying to get my act back together.
    The potatoes look great. Thanks for sharing!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. Those look DELICIOUS! I love potatoes and all the goodies that go with them. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. LOL! I am a cheesey, non herb person, too.

    BTW...I used your ABC Year in Review at the end of school. The kids loved it. I need to go leave you some official feedback on TPT. Thanks again!


  6. mmm this looks good. :-)

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  7. Those potatoes look so yummy and I am a sucker for great carbs!! I still can't believe the hard drive crash. Did you have a MacBook before? That is what I have (MacBook Pro) and I love it!
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