Best damn potatoes I’ve ever eaten

Social media is not the place to spend your trust.

  You know what I’m talking about, all the click bait headlines aimed to draw you in, the sensational news stories that are bogus, the Pintrest level perfection recipes that float between social media sites like a family heirloom fruitcake that sound too good to be true.

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Pintrest-level food is like a unicorn, fun to look at but impossible to eat

Last night I took a risk and trusted social media just a little bit and the results were amazing. 

Hot crash potatoes sounded too good to be true because it was so simple.  The story had all the fixings of a classic disaster, such as the recipe coming from another country (Australia), pretty good photos of the result, and the recipe being so simple.  At first I thought it was a way to catch people’s stoves on fire, there is a lot of olive oil involved, but I was right to give social media a bit of my trust and tried out the recipe.  The results were fantastic.  My wife and I loved them and we’ve since declared that these are the best damn potatoes we’ve ever eaten, a title that is not taken lightly around our house.  A few weeks back I made mashed potatoes with heavy cream which was heart clogging and delicious at the same time.  Here is what I did to make the best damn potatoes I’ve ever eaten.

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Ingredients: Small red potatoes, a lot of olive oil, spices.

Wash your potatoes, I used 12 for my first batch but make as many as you want, and boil them whole for 20 minutes.

Coat the bottom of a baking pan in olive oil and turn the oven to 425.

Place the whole boiled potatoes on your sheet and take the potato smasher to them.  One long, slow crush should do it, you don’t want the potatoes to be smashed into a thin paste, just crushed a bit.

Brush on a small bit of olive oil on the tops of the potatoes.  Throw on salt and other spices you’d like (we prefer an Italian spice blend from Harris Teeter) and bake for 20-30 minutes.  Take out and enjoy, wicked simple, wicked delicious.

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