Smash Spuds

A little while ago, I saw a picture on Pinterest of potatoes that looked, well… smashed. But not like mashed potatoes. No, Smash Spuds are different. I went back to see the recipe for it, but to my dismay, I had not pinned it. Good thing I like a challenge. I decided I would try to make a recipe myself!

Here’s what I did:

4 Russet Potatoes, halved

Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

Italian Seasoning

First, I used this trick that I learned from Rachael Ray: poke your potatoes about 4 times all around with a fork, then microwave them for 3 minutes {this lessens cooking time significantly}. Then, when they are tender enough for a fork to gently slide in, pop them out and place them on a large, greased pan. With either a meat mallet or a masher, gently smoosh the potatoes on one side, flip them over and do the same thing. Be sure to not mash too much, we need them to stay together. However, if they start falling apart, just mold them back into the original form with your hands {I had to do that, as you will tell by my picture}. These little taters are easy.

Next, drizzle over the top of each potato about a TSP of Olive Oil, then generously sprinkle with salt & Italian Seasoning, and crack some pepper over the top. Here was the tricky part for me: I figured a preheated 400 degree oven would work, but after the spuds just kept cooking, I figured I’d up the ante to get some crunch factor going, so 450 seemed to do the trick, for about 15 minutes, and out comes this golden, crispy delight.

Enjoy!

*Statistics are approximate and can be calculated on www.recipes.sparkpeople.com

  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 189.4
  Total Fat 5.8 g
  Saturated Fat 0.8 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 4.2 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 15.1 mg
  Potassium 802.9 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 31.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
  Sugars 1.8 g
  Protein 3.8 g
  Vitamin A 0.3 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 23.3 %
  Vitamin C 24.0 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 3.9 %
  Calcium 2.4 %
  Copper 9.0 %
  Folate 10.5 %
  Iron 9.5 %
  Magnesium 10.6 %
  Manganese 17.1 %
  Niacin 10.6 %
  Pantothenic Acid     5.6 %
  Phosphorus     10.5 %
  Riboflavin 4.3 %
  Selenium 0.9 %
  Thiamin 6.4 %
  Zinc 3.6 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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