CRISPY SMASHED POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY AND GARLIC
One of my favorites to make for a brunch, these potatoes are easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser. You can boil the potatoes the night before so all you have to do in the morning is get them crispy in the cast iron skillet with some garlic cloves and fresh rosemary sprigs. Top them with lots of flaky Maldon salt and serve. They are also wonderful paired with grilled skirt steak and sauteed broccolini for dinner.
2 pounds small yukon gold potatoes or other small potato, washed
4 tablespoons butter
8 large cloves garlic smashed
6 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
5 rosemary branches
Fill a large pot with cold water and place it on the stove top. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and let them dry. Place the potatoes on a flat surface. With the back of your hand or the smooth side of a meat tenderizer, gently press down on each potato until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
Place a cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoon olive oil. Once the pan is hot and the butter has melted, add a single layer of potatoes. Season the top with maldon salt and black pepper. Cook until brown and crispy, about 3 minutes, and then flip. Add the garlic and let it cook until just starting to brown. Remove garlic. Season the other side of the potatoes with maldon salt and pepper and cook again for 3 minutes, or until brown and crispy. Transfer the potatoes to a paper towel lined plate to cool. Sprinkle with maldon salt and pepper.
Wipe out the pan and repeat the process with the remaining potatoes.
Once all the potatoes are finished, wipe out the pan again, add 2 tablespoons of oil, and fry the rosemary for 30 seconds, just until it starts to crisp, but don’t let it turn brown. Transfer the rosemary to the top of the potatoes to cool.
Taste the potatoes. Season with maldon salt and pepper if necessary. Sprinkle with some of the rosemary just before serving.