Rustic “Hammered” Potatoes

Rustic "Hammered" Potatoes

Rustic “Hammered” Potatoes Recipe

The great thing about potatoes is that they always make an excellent addition to any main course.  If you are serving only heavy hors’ d’oeuvres, these potatoes would make an excellent addition to your selection.  Are these particular potatoes fancy?  No, not at all.  In fact, they are very rustic and easy to prepare, and that is what I like about them.  What they lack in refinement and elegance, they more than make up for in taste.  You can spice them up to make them more of a highlight as opposed to a simple side-dish.  With as many spices, chutneys and sauces as there are out there, the possibilities for these potatoes are endless.

I have made them several times now and they are always a winner.  The first time, I served them with an Indian meal and toppped them with onions sauteed in butter and curry.

Potatoes Topped with Curried Onions
Potato Topped with Curried Onions

The second time, I served them topped with a beautiful halibut filet, both on a bed of spinach.  My mother served them on top of a juicy steak.  Any way you make them, you cannot lose.  Please try them and share your own ideas.

Potatoes Topped with Sour Cream, Bacon & Chives
Potato Topped with Sour Cream, Bacon & Chives
10 Small Unpeeled Yukon Gold or Red Potatoes
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
Coarse Salt
With the tines of a fork, poke the potatoes so that they do not explode when cooked.  Place on a plate in the microwave for 5-6 minutes.  When cool, lay the potatoes on a cutting board.  Using a long, flat stainless steel or wood spatula, press down on top of the potatoes, flattening them.  Heat your vegetable oil in a pan on medium-high.  When hot, add two potatoes at a time and fry until golden brown.  Place on a paper-towel lined plate to soak up the excess oil.  Immediately salt to your taste.  At this point, add any topping you desire.
Breakfast Potato with Bacon & Eggs
Breakfast Potato with Bacon & Eggs

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