Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Published November 1, 2010. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

For our roasted smashed potatoes recipe, we chose Red Bliss potatoes for their moist texture and thin skin. Parcooking the potatoes on a baking sheet covered in foil on the oven’s bottom rack, with a splash of water in the pan, gave us creamy flesh that tasted sweet, deep, and earthy. Letting… read more

For our roasted smashed potatoes recipe, we chose Red Bliss potatoes for their moist texture and thin skin. Parcooking the potatoes on a baking sheet covered in foil on the oven’s bottom rack, with a splash of water in the pan, gave us creamy flesh that tasted sweet, deep, and earthy. Letting the hot potatoes rest after they parcooked meant they wouldn’t crumble apart when smashed, and drizzling the potatoes with olive oil before and after smashing them ensured that the oil reached every nook and cranny. And finally, using another baking sheet balanced on top of the parcooked potatoes to smash them gave us perfect cracked patties in one fell swoop.

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Serves 4 to 6

This recipe is designed to work with potatoes 1½ to 2 inches in diameter; do not use potatoes any larger. It is important to thoroughly cook the potatoes so that they will smash easily. Remove the potatoes from the baking sheet as soon as they are done browning—they will toughen if left too long. A potato masher can also be used to “smash” the potatoes.

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