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article number 94
article date 01-12-2012
copyright 2012 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Garlic Smashed Potatoes. Everybody Loves ‘Em.
by Stu Moment

This potato recipe draws compliments from just about everybody. Also, it’s just about impossible to goof up.

In this article we made 12 small portions. Wrap portions in plastic wrap, squeeze out the air and the portions freeze without freezer burn. It’s great to have this side dish ready to thaw if you get home late and need a quick side.

Ingredients are just: lots of potatoes, onions, garlic and Italian dressing.

12 peeled potatoes were used (not just 8 potatoes as shown) to fill 2 oven sheets. The peels from half of the potatoes were placed on the cutting board and chopped into smaller pieces as shown.
Wrap the peals separate from the potatoes and microwave both until they are 90% done. In this 1200 watt oven it takes 12 minutes at a medium setting but all microwaves are different. If the potatoes are too hard to smash, then put them back the microwave.
3 onions to be diced for the 12 potatoes.
Fry the onions slowly because you will need time to dice garlic. Garlic will be added to the onions half way through frying. That’s a lot of diced onions … but you know that they will fry down in size.
About one whole garlic was used.
Garlic is diced. Bottled garlic may be about as good. Let me know.
Yup … onions are half fried down. Add the garlic and continue frying.
Smash the potatoes. (Some turned brown while waiting for the onions but didn’t affect anything.)
Stop smashing when they look like this. In this recipe you don’t mash them all the way. Course, if you want to, go ahead.
Mmmmm. Onion/garlic mix is fried enough. Kitchen smells good.
Add the onion/garlic mix to the potatoes.
Add the potato peels. Remember that we only used half the peels. Since you will make this recipe again think about how many peels you will want in your custom version.
I add cheap Italian dressing … probably about a half cup. You may come up with something better.
Mix everything trying not to smash the potatoes more.
Grease the sheets. I used snobby olive oil but use anything you want. I don’t think that olive oil does anything for this recipe. Place sheets in a 350 degree oven for about one hour.
Always turns out great plus, if you are cooking for a group of friends, it reheats without loss of effect. That means that you can do the recipe twice. No matter how much you make, it will always be gobbled up by your friends.
Again, portions freeze in plastic wrap without freezer burn. Handy for future meals.
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