SIMPLE SIDES: SMASHED POTATOES
I love potatoes. I love French Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Au Gratin potatoes, etc. I mean that phrase "you are what you eat" basically is saying, I'm a potato. I'm not supposed to eat a lot of potatoes, you know starch, sugar, carbs, whatever. When you want to indulge, we indulge. Moderation is everything. Except if you are binge watching Schitts Creek and crave potatoes and perhaps gluten free cake. It was one day guys, what was I supposed to do, starve myself when my inner self was speaking?
Sorry back to the point. A few years ago, I popped into Umami Burger. That's a lie, it was a scheduled trip prior to seeing Magic Mike. I won't name names but it was my friends' birthday, she was pregnant and wanted meat. Take it for what it is. I ordered their smashed potatoes and fell in love! The kind of love you only feel when watching Channing Tatum dance. Anyway, they STOPPED making them. So, I played around and here we go, SMASHED POTATOES.
24oz yellow potatoes (the small kind), they usually sell in a mesh bag.
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 garlic cloves minced or pressed (if you have a garlic press, kudos to you. You fancy).
optional: 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (this gives them spice)
optional: 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast (this gives them a cheesy taste)
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Wash the potatoes.
Boil the potatoes (boil until you can get a fork through. "Fork tender" is what we say at the GF kitchen).
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet.
Smash. You can use a masher but honestly the back of a small bowl or small pot works best. And don't mash aggressively, you don't want them to break fully apart.
Mix all of your other ingredients together in a small bowl, the oil, the garlic, the spices you desire.
Pour that mixture over the potatoes.
Put in oven and bake 18 - 20 minutes. I like mine crispy so I wait until I see crisp.
SERVE IMMEDIATELY. Or don't, that's your choice. But why wait.