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This idea came from the "Take Home Chef " he did a similar recipe on his show and I changed it up. I prefer to use fresh herbs, but anything you like will work. It's the method of cooking that I really like you can change it up to suit your taste and have fun with. Top with cheeses or bacon or both it is very versatile and fun. I haven't put measurements, because I do everything by sight. Prep time includes boiling time.
- Wash and scrub potatoes. Leave skin on.
- Place in large pot filled with water until potatoes are covered and add salt.
- Bring to boiling, boil until knife goes through potato easily.
- Drain and lay potatoes on clean dish towel until dry and cooled enough to handle.
- Mean while line a baking sheet with foil and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over foil. Heat oven to 375°F.
- When potatoes are cooled place potato on pan and smash with palm of your hand or heavy spatula until potato is flattened repeat with all potatoes.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Top with herbs and Parmesan. If using other cheeses wait until last few minutes of cooking to melt cheese.
- Bake until golden about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove with spatula.
This needs more heat and more fat. At 375 degrees on my silicone baking mats, after 20 minutes of baking I'm left with limp dry potato pucks. And I have guests coming in 10 minutes.
I tried this on Christmas day because I wanted something different to go with ham. I followed the recipe pretty closely, but the end result didn't really taste much different from regular baked potatoes (of course, they looked a lot different). I am not quite sure why so many reviewers raved about this recipe.
This is a wonderful recipe! I used Rosemary and Thyme and Canola oil instead of olive oil, and it turned out great. Thank you skarimom for posting this winner.