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Extra Red Smashed Potatoes

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Extra Red Smashed Potatoes topped with gravy with a pork chop and vegetables

Extra Red Smashed Potatoes topped with gravy with a pork chop and vegetables

 

Mashed potatoes are a regular side item to make in our household; whether it is with a roast chicken, meatloaf, or pork chops. However, it is a nice change to eat smashed potatoes with the skin still on them ever now and again. It is especially good to use red potatoes in this recipe because the bright red potato skin gives color to this side item.  Our smashed red potatoes are even more red due to the amount of paprika that is put into this. They are not lacking any flavor either! Not only are they good on their own, but they are great topped with some homemade gravy as well.

 

 

 

 

Making the Extra Red Smashed Potatoes:

 

The first thing to do in making these excellent potatoes is to boil some water in a large pot, around 2/3 of the pot more or less. Once the water has come to a boil, add some salt to it.

Boiling Water in a large pot

Boiling Water in a large pot

 

Adding some salt to the boiling water

Adding some salt to the boiling water

 

 

 

 

 

Scrub the potatoes and dice them into quarter, then, pour them into the boiling water. The water will stop boiling momentarily once the potatoes are added, so wait for the water to come to a boil again and boil for about 10 minutes, uncovered.

Red potatoes submerged in hot water

Red potatoes submerged in hot water

 

Red potatoes submerged in boiling water

Red potatoes submerged in boiling water

 

 

 

 

 

These are what they should look like. It was rather hard to take a photo of the potatoes since they kept on falling off of the fork and breaking slightly (since they were so tender). Oh well, this is what you want anyways.

Tender boiled red potatoes

Tender boiled red potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

Now, drain the potatoes in a colander. Don't let them get cold; you need them to be hot when smashing them.

Cooked Red Potatoes in a blue colander

Cooked Red Potatoes in a blue colander

 

 

 

 

Here are all of the ingredients and supplies you need for the smashed potatoes: A large bowl, cooked red potatoes, unsalted butter, sour cream, the seasoning (which consists of kosher salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (cayenne pepper being optional)), milk, and a potato masher.

Ingredients and supplies for Extra Red Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients and supplies for Extra Red Smashed Potatoes

 

 

 

 

First, add the pads of  butter and sour cream.

Red potatoes with butter and sour cream

Red potatoes with butter and sour cream

 

 

 

This is why the potatoes need to be hot. The heat from the potatoes melt the butter and sour cream, that way, it blends in better.

Red potatoes with butter and sour cream

Red potatoes with butter and sour cream

 

 

 

Now, sprinkle your homemade season salt generously (all of it) over the potatoes, that way, the seasoning will be more spread out as opposed to in a single clump.

Red smashed potatoes sprinkled with homemade season salt

Red smashed potatoes sprinkled with homemade season salt

 

 

 

 

There, now you see the extra red in the potatoes? The paprika just brightens up there appearance!

Seasoned smashed potatoes after adding seasoning

Seasoned smashed potatoes after adding seasoning

 

 

 

 

 

Pour in the warm milk, about 2 T.- 1/4 cup, depending on how thick you want your mashed potatoes.

Pouring the milk into the easoned smashed potatoes

Pouring the milk into the easoned smashed potatoes

 

 

 

Your smashed potatoes are almost done! Just add some freshly ground black pepper to taste and give it one last mix.

Black pepper ground into the seasoned smashed potatoes

Black pepper ground into the seasoned smashed potatoes

 

 

 

 

Now, your extra red smashed potatoes are ready to eat. They are delicious on their own, but it never wrong to put gravy on your smashed potatoes. They are a great compliment for any meal you like with potatoes.

Finished Extra Red Smashed Potatoes topped with gravy and served with pork chop and vegetables

Finished Extra Red Smashed Potatoes topped with gravy and served with pork chop and vegetables

 

 

 

Ingredients

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  • 3 lbs. red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. parprika
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 Tbsp. - 1/4 cup milk, warmed
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

1. In a large pot, heat water till it boils and add some salt.

2. Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes and cut into quarters. Then, add them to the pot and boil for about 10 minutes or until tender.

3. Once done, add the potatoes to a large bowl and add the butter and sour cream. Using a potato masher, smash the potatoes until they are incorporated into the butter and sour cream.

4. Mix the salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl and add to the potatoes and smash some more.

5. Add some warm milk to the potatoes to your desired thickness. Then, add some black pepper to taste and smash once more. Serve with your meal and top with gravy.