Sunday, May 16, 2010

Smashed Green Onion Potatoes

I saw this last week on Fight the Fat Foodie and told Scott it called to me! I put the ingredients on the grocery list and made it immediately, despite not being a major potato fan.

5 medium red potatoes, cut in eighths
~10 stalks green onions (aka scallions)
~ 3 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 450°. Spread the green onions on a baking sheet, brush with 1/3 of the oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes, turning once. Remove from oven and coarsely chop.

Toss the potatoes in the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, turning once. After the potatoes have cooked through and browned, remove from the oven and combine in a bowl with the green onions. With a potato masher, smash roughly to burst the potatoes, but not enough to turn them into mashed potatoes. Add more salt and pepper if desired.

This is one of those dishes with so few ingredients, but such a blast of flavor you won't believe it. I love dishes like these because I think it shows the art of appreciating an ingredient and coaxing the depth of its natural flavor out. Apparently, smashing potatoes with other ingredients is a favorite preparation method of Jacques Pepin - so you know you can trust it!

There is no butter or milk, but they still had such a fluffy, creamy texture. The outsides were crisp and browned and roasted, while the inside like clouds. Johnny and I thoroughly enjoyed them and the oniony bite from the scallions.

We had them with ham and frozen peas for a well-rounded dinner. I utilized the leftover potatoes and ham by making a frittata for another night's dinner. We still enjoyed the great roasted flavor profile, just in a different limelight.


Anonymous said...

I love red potatoes - no peeling! Looks delicious, even if I don't like onions!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Simply Life said...

oooh those potatoes look so delicious!

Unknown said...

I like red potatoes and with green onion sounds GREAT!!!

Jessie said...

Delicious! I love smashed potatoes better than mashed because I really like that texture, especially with the skins. Great dish!!

sophia said...

I've eaten potatoes in all sorts of ways, but I've never really tried them smashed. I'll have to give this a try sometime, Christina!

Laura said...

Hmmm these look splendid! I might just be making these this week. Yummy!

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

These look really nice - I like how the colour of the potato skin livens things up - plus the skins are good for you too!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Mmm, I love any kind of smashed potatoes. Something about the smashing really adds to the texture and flavor. This recipe looks wonderful, Christina!

Diet Smoothie said...

Yum these look easy and delicious. I saw this recipe before and never did make it. Thank you for sharing.

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Not a huge fan of potaoes??

Man, I could eat them every day and not get tired of them and now I have a new recipe!