baby smashed taties

There aren't many side dishes that Saucy loves quite as much as she loves potatoes. She really lurrves thm... baked, boiled, fried, mashed, riced... it doesn't matter. Ever since she was a little girl, she always looked forward to the potato part of the meal as much as the dessert.

That might be why she enjoys preparing them in so many ways. She'd even forgotten this long-ago way of smashing baby potatoes, or "taties" as Granny used to call them. She remembered just in time for Veto's 50th birthday dinner when she was feeding fifty guests. It's a handy go-to recipe because:

a) it isn't exact, and;
b) you can make it ahead in very large or very small quantities.

Boil tiny new potatoes until fork-tender. Drain and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Use the back side of your fork (or an actual potato masher) to smash the taties flat.  Drizzle with olive oil (Saucy uses this one) generously. Add freshly ground pepper and salt generously.

The best part? You can top these little suckers with any kind of cheese/seasoning combo you fancy. Here, Saucy used fresh parmesan, finely chopped green onion and rosemary.

Place pan under the broiler until sizzling and browned. Serve immediately. Make lots... these are a crowd pleaser.

Another favourite around here is finely shredded cheddar with green onion and bacon. Top with a small dollop of sour cream before serving and you have a teeny-tiny, bite-sized baked potato. Yum.


Jenn @ You know... that Blog? said...

MMmmm :) Sounds lovely! We roast our tiny red and yellow flesh potatoes with bite-sized pieces of sweet potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic buds, brussel sprouts, button mushrooms (and sometimes asparagus) all together on one monster pan, drizzled with good EVOO and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper. To DIE for, and something my youngest requests more than anyone. We won't eat cauliflower (especially) any other way now.

Anonymous said...

Oh those look cute AND delicious!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Nom nom nom.

Sandra D said...

Yummy! I am not a fan of potatoes but these look delicious. The parmesan/rosemary combo sounds very nice.