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Half Smashed Mini Potatoes

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Half Smashed Mini Potatoes

Just as much fun as tater tots and SO MUCH easier!

Colors in food make me a happy girl. Color = flavor, and nutrients entering the cells in your body creating happy healthy food highs! When these little purple potatoes hit the shelves, I can’t resist playing with them. Of course, you can smash ANY cute little potato. Purple is not mandatory. Neither is red. But if you got ’em, smash ’em and fry ’em in coconut oil!

Why coconut oil? Coconut oil contains precious little Omega 6. Using this as your go-to cooking oil will help to keep your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio in much better balance. This balance reduces inflammation and promotes health.

Organic or Conventional

Potatoes are one of those foods that are better organic. They are on the “Dirty Dozen” list of foods that retain high levels of pesticides. It is difficult to get completely organic potatoes because much of our soil has been so contaminated that even when spraying stops, there are still remnants left behind. But if you wish to reduce pesticides to the furthest extent possible, go organic.

Half-Smashed Mini Potatoes

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Crispy and salty on the outside, creamy on the inside.

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Half Smashed Mini Potatoes

Wash and parcook mini potatoes by steaming (or boiling) them until they just begin to get fork tender, about 10 minutes.

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Remove from heat.

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With a flat utensil or a plate, gently press on each potato to lightly flatten it. If you smash them all the way, they will still be delicious, but may fall apart.

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All half smashed…

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Purple potatoes pretty much become Pacman.

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Heat cooking oil in a saute pan. Add onion, garlic, and any other herbs you like, to season the oil.

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Allow them to infuse the oil with flavor, then remove them before they burn.

(These are still delicious bits. You do not have to throw them away.)

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On medium to high heat, add potatoes and saute until golden brown.

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Flip them and brown the other side. Remove potatoes from the heat and place them on a rack or paper towels.

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Immediately salt and pepper, to taste.

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Half Smashed Mini Potatoes

Ingredients

  • mini potatoes
  • cooking oil (we like coconut)
  • onion, sliced
  • garlic, smashed
  • optional: any herbs you like to flavor oil (rosemary is delicious)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Wash and parcook mini potatoes by steaming (or boiling) them until they just begin to get fork tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. With a flat utensil or a plate, gently press on each potato to lightly flatten it. If you smash them all the way, they will still be delicious, but may fall apart.

Heat cooking oil in a saute pan. Add onion, garlic, and any other herbs you like, to season the oil. Allow them to infuse the oil with flavor, then remove them before they burn. On medium to high heat, add potatoes and saute until golden brown. Flip them and brown the other side. Remove potatoes from the heat and place them on a rack or paper towels. Immediately salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve immediately.

 

Enjoy

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