For the first few months of my relationship with Patrick, he made a comment that I only would make pasta for him. In reality, various pasta dishes were what I felt most confident making. But, I don’t want to be known for just pasta – so I slowly expanded my cooking abilities and trying new recipes have become such a joy and I feel more experimental and confident in the kitchen.
When he visits, I try to make at least one or two great meals. Digging back into The Chef Next Door, I wanted a recipe I could add to dishes I knew I could easily pull together to create a new feel to what I am putting on the table. The recipe that caught my eye this time was smashed Yukon gold potatoes – which she described as “the time-crunched cook’s mashed potato.”
Mashed potatoes may have been one of my favorite dishes growing up. While I am constantly assigned to make them for Thanksgiving, with my sister always taking them over, I have not really cooked them on my own. Amanda’s smashed potatoes seemed like a good recipe to try a new twist on a classic dish.
Like her other recipes, the list of ingredients were simple, and although it took longer than her other recipes I tried, it was primarily waiting around while the potatoes cooked. Once completed and served they were quite tasty! They tasted like a mashed potato version of potato salad – yum! I served the potatoes alongside smoked Andouille chicken sausage and roasted asparagus.
Another hit recipe from Amanda’s cookbook – and maybe my family will let me serve them at Thanksgiving.