Aren’t roast potatoes just the most wonderful things? Looking at the above photo again I can almost smell their roasted fabulousness.
Everyone has their own way of making perfect roast potatoes. I’m sure many of us could argue the best type of potatoes and style of cooking them for hours on end – well, it probably is more of a conversation for foodies, but believe me when I say I’ve had the ‘perfect roasted potatoes’ discussion at many a dinner party.
In the interests of sharing all of Chew Town’s best sides with you, I wanted to add the recipe for our perfect smashed potatoes to the list. We’ve been making these golden and crisp beauties with this method for a few years now and it definitely is our favorite way of roasting potatoes.
To start with, we always use the buttery goodness of the kipfler potato. The kipfler is a long cigar-shape waxy potato with a yellow skin and light-yellow flesh. It has a nutty buttery flavour and is great for roasting (and also good on pizza’s and foccacia’s).
We steam the potatoes and then transfer them to a baking dish and ‘smash’ them with a potato masher and roast them till golden and crisp with olive oil and rosemary. You’ll find the exact Chew Town method below to compare with your own.
What’s your method?
Serves 4-6 as a side
1kg kipfler potatoes
2 tablespoons Olive oil, to roast
Fresh rosemary sprigs
Preheat oven to 200° Celsius.
Steam potatoes for 10 -15 minutes until tender (we use a microwave steamer like this).
Place 1 tablespoon olive oil on the base of a roasting dish and season with salt and pepper, place potatoes in the dish and using a potato masher, press down on each potato until ‘smashed’.
Drizzle with another tablespoon of olive oil, season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. After this time sprinkle with rosemary leaves and roast for another 10 minutes or until golden and crisp.
* 14.10.13 Timings have been amended (increased slightly) due to feedback received from some lovely readers who have made this recipe recently – we always love your feedback on our recipes here on Chew Town!