Fabulous side dish: Smashed potatoes
Side dishes are a real challenge for me, and I think for a lot of people. You know the main thing you’d like to cook – some simply grilled fish, a nice roast chicken or even a steak – but I’m always asking myself “but what are we going to have with it??”
So, I’ve been road testing a few side dish ideas, and this one is awesome 🙂 Smashing the potatoes gives great texture, and I made this with bacon and spring onions – all great friends of the humble potato. This isn’t a pretty dish, but it’s full of flavour, simple and will compliment many different dishes. I love mashed and baked potatoes – but this is a nice change.
- 4 deseree potatoes
- 3 rashers of bacon, sliced into chunks
- 2 spring onion stalks, chopped
- 2 knobs of butter
- a little olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Score the potatoes with a knife and cook in the microwave for 7 minutes, or until soft and tender.
Place a non-stick pan over a high heat and add enough olive oil to cover the pan. Place the potato on a plate and using a fork, smash it until it had broken up, but it still chunky. Add the potato to the hot pan, using a spatula to press it down.
Scatter the bacon on top and place small pieces of the butter across the top of the potato and bacon. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Cook until the potato is golden at the bottom, then use the spatula to turn the potato and bacon over, to allow it to brown on the other side. The potato will break apart as you do this. Don’t stress, that’s what’s supposed to happen.
Once the bacon is cooked and parts of the potato are crispy – it’s ready to serve with your favourite meal.
Hope you enjoy this recipe. As I said, it’s not pretty, but mostly importantly, it’s yummy, relatively quick and something a bit different.
What kinds of side dishes do you normally cook? Are you sometimes left stumped for ideas? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!