Hope santa brought you all everything you wanted! Now that things are dying down, it's my turn to give you something you had no idea you even wanted... but definitely do. It's these smashed potatoes with garlic oil.
Smashed Potatoes w/ Garlic Oil
- 2 pounds red-skinned potatoes (about 6)
- koster salt
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 wide strips lemon zest (removed with a vegetable peeler)
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 sprig rosemary
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water by 1 inch. Add a generous pinch of salt, bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan.
Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, thyme, and rosemary in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the garlic starts to sizzle, about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the garlic has softened and browned, 2 or 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the zest and herbs with a slotted spoon.
Add the garlic oil to the saucepan with the potatoes along with 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Lightly smash with a potato masher, gradually adding the reserved cooking water as needed, until combined. Transfer to a serving dish and top with chives.
- Recipe from Food Network Magazine