There is no more perfect meal than one shared on the patio in the summer. I heart our patio. The hand-built table, the pots and pots of flowers and greenery, the Adirondack chairs for relaxing; it all is incredibly soothing, yet exhilarating for me. Who wants to be shut up in the house when the sun is shining?
Father's Day was the perfect opportunity for a party on the patio. My father-in-law and his sister were our guests as we grilled New York strip steaks and served them up with a fresh, tossed garden salad, my Cheesy Creamed Spinach, and the Pioneer Woman's Crash Hot Potatoes. I know that I just linked to her detailed and wonderfully written, step-by-step directions, but what the heck, I will post them here, too. I actually always call them Smashed Hot Potatoes (not sure why...except they are smashed) and will add them to my index under that name just so that it is easier for my rattled brain to find the recipe when I want to confirm the roasting time. Really, once you give them a whirl that is all you need the recipe for, to confirm the roasting time (if you are as forgetful as I am). Smashed Hot Potatoes are so easy that I never have to tear myself away from the patio and the glorious outdoors for long to have them to land On My Plate.
12 whole new potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
fresh ground black pepper
finely chopped rosemary
Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water.
Generously add salt.
Boil until fork-tender.
Drizzle olive oil on a sheet pan.
Arrange cooked potatoes on the cookie sheet with plenty of room between each potato.
With a potato masher, press down on each potato until it mashes, but is still held together by the skin.
Sprinkle potatoes with salt, pepper, and rosemary.
Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. (Serves 4-6)
P.S. I am trying out an option for having printable recipes from the blog. Just click on the name of the recipe, and it will take you to a page for easy printing. Please let me know what you think, and if the option works for you. Thanks! :-)