Monday, June 21, 2010

Party on the Patio

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
Kosher salt
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! :-)


  1. I love those kind of potatoes!! And yes ,the printable version worked just like it was supposed to! :) Thank you!

  2. Thank worked being able to go to a print screen. I also love these potatoes. I got the recipe from Pioneer Woman, too.
    Your flowers are BEAUTIFUL. It looks so inviting out there in your yard. If you look out and see me sitting out there with a book and a brew, don't be surprised. Lovely....sigh

    Sandy in Winner

  3. So glad you like the feature. Now to get to work and make all of the archived posts clickable for printing...good thing for wireless so that I can do that while enjoying the sun. :-)

    Sandy, beware that if you are in the backyard, you might have to have your throwing arm ready. Ace insists on having the tennis ball thrown. LOL

    Thanks for the feedback. Let me know if there is something that you would like to see added or changed. I will do my best to work it out.

  4. Great recipe, and I enjoy the printable format. Much easier to get out the card than the computer. :) Thanks!

  5. These look so fun and easy to make. I'm going to try these out super soon.

  6. I make these all the time. I use a trick to make it even easier. Line the cookie sheet with tin foil, place the potatoes on the sheet, cover with another sheet of tin foil and use a second (identical sized preferred) cookie sheet on top to flatten the potatoes all at the same time. Just press down all the way across the sheet - voila - smashed potatoes! I also have used dill in place of the rosemary with a sprinkle of garlic powder.


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