Smashed Garlic Potatoes
Rekindle Your Love Affair With The Potato
Smashed garlic potatoes.
Americans love potatoes.
So much so, that according to the USDA, individuals consume on average, 48.3 pounds of potatoes per year.
But, it wasn’t always so.
In the 1850’s, the Farmer’s Manual suggested to plant potatoes close to the hog pens for the convenience of feeding the animals.
Since then we’ve discovered that potatoes are good for humans.
One simple spud clocks-in at 110 calories, provides 1/2 of the recommended intake of Vitamin C, more Potassium than a banana, and is a good source of Vitamin B6.
Potatoes Are Versatile
Almost every cuisine and culture in the world features the potato.
Slowly but surely, this lowly tuber won over the hearts and stomachs of Americans. So much so that children’s writer, A.A. Milne once said, “…if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent fellow.”
Mashed potatoes were often on the menu when I was growing up. My brother used to grin like a Cheshire cat when he knew they were being served. It was only later in life that I developed my love affair with the potato.
When I survey the vegetable landscape, the potato is unmatched in versatility.
Potatoes can be boiled, mashed, smashed, fried, grilled, baked, and roasted. They are featured in soups, breads, pancakes, or casseroles, and one of the few vegetables served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Yet 40% of our potato consumption is in its frozen form, mostly french fries.
Step away from the freezer aisle and from the fast food french fries.
Rediscover the Glories of the Simple Potato With Smashed Garlic Potatoes
Try them smashed.
Throw two pounds of potatoes in a pot of salted water, bring to a boil, and lower to a simmer. Ten minutes or so later you’ll have tender potatoes. Drain and return them to the same pot. Add melted butter and garlic, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and lightly smash them. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top, throw on some parsley, and enjoy.
This week rekindle your flame for the versatile potato and cooking at home.