Thursday, 2 December 2010

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes to Warm Your Heart

What warms your belly in the long cold season? Hot drinks are good for quick warmth, a nip of brandy gives you a quick flush of the cheeks and chest, warm soup thaws out the frozen body. But it is the carbs that stay with you. Carbs are the ultimate comfort food, they give you that sated and loved feeling and give you the energy you need to go on. You know, after the original carb coma - if you eat enough of them for that. I do. I am an unapologetic lover of carbs and will, if you are not looking, finish your plate for you. Leave no carb behind I say, be it pasta or bread or spud. Three of my favourite carbs right there, but as you may have noticed - I spend the bulk of my time singing the praises of the first two. It's time for spuds to shine today, ladies and gentlemen, in a simple yet delicious dish dripping with your very best Parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil. These are Italian-style not-quite-mashed-potatoes - and they are enough to warm the chilliest heart.

Smashed Parmesan Potatoes
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis,
Show: Everyday ItalianEpisode: Rustic Italian Cooking
For IHCC Warm the Belly, Fill the Soul


    * 3 pounds baby red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled, halved
    * 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
    * 1/2 cup olive oil
    * Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Combine the potatoes in a large pot of water. Cover and bring the water to a boil. Continue boiling until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the potatoes to the pot. Coarsely mash the potatoes, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Using a large fork, stir in the Parmesan and the oil. Season the potatoes, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve.