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Easily and Quickly Making Garlic Smashed Potatoes: Beginner's Recipe

Updated on September 20, 2011

Smashed or mashed potatoes to place alongside just about any meat or vegetarian entree can really improve the overall quality of a meal. Countless techniques are used to warm, mash and season your potatoes, so it can often times be a bit confusing when trying to remember exactly what process should be used. This basic recipe of smashed garlic potatoes relies primarily on garlic for it's seasoning, and should be understandable by even the most novice of chefs.

Necessities and Seasonings for Garlic Smashed Potatoes

You can use any potato you like, but this recipe will focus on red potatoes as these are my personal favorite.

For every potato you choose to include into your dish, you should have about 1/2 a clove of garlic ready for seasoning, about a tablespoon and a half of milk, one teaspoon of butter, a pinch of salt and some parmesan cheese. If you are planning on cooking a larger portion and don't feel like doing the math, below is a quick rundown of the amounts required to make a dish that will serve about five or six people.

  • 8 Red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 garlic cloves

Parmesan cheese and salt can be added as desired. About a quarter cup of parmesan and good shake of salt should do the trick. Black pepper, basil and oregano can also be included, but make sure not to overdo it.

Smashed Potato Preparation

For ease of smashing later, consider chopping potatoes and garlic cloves into halves or quarters before placing in water.

Fill a large pot with enough water to completely engulf the potatoes.

Place your peeled spuds and garlic cloves into the water and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat level of your stove and cover the pot for about 20 minutes - make sure the potatoes are soft before you turn off the flame.

After draining, add your milk, salt and butter and begin mixing/mashing. Parmesan cheese and any other seasonings you choose to include can be slowly stirred in during this time.

You should allow a couple of minutes to cool before serving, but that's all there is to it! Consider using this garlic smashed potatoes recipe at your next dinner gathering as a sure-shot meal to impress your guests.


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