Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Crash Hot Potatoes

These little beauties have been trending online for some time now and I figured it was time for their debut in my little kitchen. They're a simple, yet creative little side dish that goes perfectly with almost any slab of meat that you can think of. 

I appreciate that they're small and flavorful, in contrast to those huge, under seasoned russet potatoes that you often get in restaurants. I always end up eating just half because I get bored with the sameness of it all. But these have an addictive crispiness and tasty flavor that keeps your coming back for more. 

Crash Hot Potatoes
Serves 4-6


  • 12 whole small red/new potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher/seasoned salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Rosemary, (or other herbs) to taste

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until fork tender.

Drizzle a rimmed pan with olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the pan leaving plenty of room between each potato. If you notice from my pictures, mine are pretty crammed. I pushed it a bit because I desperately wanted to avoid dirtying another dish. 

With a potato masher, gently press down on each potato until it slightly mashes, then rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Pretty firmly but resist the urge to smash them to smithereens. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.

Sprinkle potatoes generously with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary. (or whatever fresh herb you have on hand) Throw them in your oven at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes until they develop a pretty golden brown hue. Serve with steak, chicken or whatever meat sounds good to you! I suggest pairing with Chicken Cordon Bleu with Parmesan Cream Sauce or Momma's Chicken Pot Pie for a classic meal!

I know it's practically March, but I still haven't gotten around to posting a snapshot of Christmas, and it would be a crying shame if all of our festive fun went undocumented. Holiday highlights included getting to see Sissay, taking our traditional Ellicott City day trip on mom's birthday, dinner at the Rusty Scupper, seeing the temple lights, and hanging out with the extended family in Pennsylvania. 

Gradon was pretty consumed with boards studying, so we decided not to take a Utah trip, and we sure missed everyone on his side of the fam. We were especially bummed not to get to see our newest nephew Gavin! He's the cutest ever and we can't wait to meet him. 


  1. These potatoes look great! Right up my alley :-) I've never heard of them so clearly that can't have been trending for too long, right?! Or maybe I have to be honest and I'm desperately out of the loop! Anyway, so glad to see another method for a potato side. I love mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes and this seems to be the perfect marriage!

    1. Thank you Rachel! Let me know when you try them! They will not disappoint. :)