Crash Hot Potatoes
Crash hot potatoes are exactly what you want out of a potato side dish… they are crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, and look gorgeous on a plate.
I have been testing a few recipes in preparation for this year’s Thanksgiving lunch. Last year I hosted Thanksgiving brunch, and lunch is a whole new game. I don’t know how I always get myself into these fun messes, but I need to somehow pal around with my dad all week, host lunch on Thanksgiving day for 8 people, and also have a few dishes prepared to bring over to my father in law’s Thanksgiving dinner. My palms are already sweating with nervousness. (That one was for you, Jon.)
Anyway, I have been contemplating the Thanksgiving potato. Do I make simple mashed potatoes? Colorful roasted baby potatoes? Crash hot potatoes, which I have been ogling for over two years?
I still don’t know.
What I do know is that testing recipes is really fun. I made a fantastic batch of 12 crash hot potatoes and proceeded to eat two of them right out of the oven. Even though I had just eaten lunch. And then I laid on the floor to try and get a good photo, but the potatoes were tempting me so much I had to abandon that and put them away for dinner later on.
By the way, my husband should never leave me alone in the kitchen for an entire day. I tested 6 recipes and left my kitchen covered in flour for almost 8 hours. And I dirtied all our kitchen towels and didn’t make the bed until he was practically walking in the door.
This recipe belongs to Jill Dupleix, but I find The Pioneer Woman‘s version to be more beautiful to read. Either way, know that the variations are endless. I topped mine with a bit of kosher salt and oregano, and they were heavenly.
I am still unsure of the legality of putting someone else’s recipe on my own site, but here is the basic how to: Boil some small potatoes. Heat up your oven to a nice hot temp. Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and add the potatoes like you would cookies (leaving room between them). Press down with a potato masher, taking care not to break apart the potato completely. Add spices of your choice and then drizzle or brush on more olive oil. Bake until the edges are brown and the bottom is nice and crisp. Try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting.
People ask me all the time what my hobbies are. Aside from snowboarding and the occasional run, I would say that food is my hobby. I wake up thinking about breakfast, and in my spare time look at recipes and beautiful photos of food. I analyze every bite of a new recipe and mercilessly discuss it while my husband tries to ignore my food jabbering. I don’t let my husband leave for a work trip without a little care package of snacks complete with paper towel and drinks. I think about special dinner parties until the point of obsession, but just for fun. I create menus weeks in advance, which I recently learned is not really normal. Food is a fun hobby to have.
And crash hot potatoes are fun to eat.
Thanksgiving menus & recipes:
Thanksgiving Brunch Menu 2009
Planning: Thanksgiving Brunch Menu 2009
Execution: Thanksgiving Brunch Menu 2009
Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes
Pumpkin Cream Sauce for ravioli or other pasta