Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I'm a "sides" kind of girl. 

Secretly I prefer the "side" items to the actual "star" of a meal. 

Sometimes I'll even order like 4 different sides and eat it as an entree. HAHA. weird right?

This side dish is amazing paired w/ ANYTHING!  BBQ Chicken, Rib-eye, Salmon - you name it!

 The Hubs really dislikes potatoes.  I mean VERY STRONGLY dislikes potatoes. He'll usually take like 2 bites and then stop eating any type of potato dish that's put in front of him.

In fact that only time I've EVER seen him finish his potatoes was during our dining experience at Joel Robuchon (which BTW's is a 3 Michelin star restaurant.  And Robuchon's potatoes are so infamous that Anthony Bourdain once questioned Robuchon about just how much butter is actually in his potatoes.

The secret?  Supposedly it's a 2:1 ratio.. 1 pound of butter for 2 pounds of potatoes ie it's RICH.)

This recipe however is (a little) healthier I would like to think and the Hubs gobbles them up - he ate 3, yes THREE in one sitting!!

And it's sooo simple.  


1 to 2 potatoes (per person depending on the size you use.)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan

Wash your potatoes and then put them in a pot and boil them until they become tender.

Pour half of your olive oil into your pan and spread the olive oil so it coats the bottom of your pan. 

(I always lined mine with aluminum saves on clean up time)

Pre-Heat oven to 400 Degrees F.

Take your tender potatoes and place them on top of your pre-oiled pan.

Use a potato masher (or a cup whatever you have on hand) and press down.

And continue until you've "smashed" all of the potatoes.  However don't press down too hard because if you do the potato will fall apart.  You want the potato to still be relatively in one piece.

Use the remaining olive oil and drizzle over the top of the potatoes.

Sprinkle liberally with salt. 

Sprinkle liberally with ground pepper.

Sprinkle your Parmesan on top of each potato.

Into the oven for 30 min on the top rack so that the potato & Parmesan will brown nicely.

(I also had a rack of BBQ ribs going on in the oven at the same time. lol)

And that's it!

Pair with whatever "main" you feel like!! :)

Tonight we felt like baby back ribs lol!

Btw's this exact recipe is AMAZING on any vegetable.

Just take out the "smashed" part but the boil, olive oil, season, Parmesan & bake translates well to any vegetable you can think of.. Broccoli, Zucchini, Carrots - Go wild hehehe!





  1. That looks SO good and yet so simple! Carb me up darling!
    Phoebe | Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

  2. Easy peasy but looks so good! :)

  3. I love the many ways that the potato provides us really c:
    And don't worry you are not the only one that enjoys
    sides a lot! Thanks for the recipe! Xx

  4. They look so good. Totally going to try this. Thanks for posting about them.

    Best, Mree

  5. How can your hubby hate potatoes?? They are my favourite! These look super good, Lisa!

  6. mmmm yum! i'm gonna try this!
    my other half hates potatoes too, he won't have any potatoe dishes unless they are fries!
    and i'm like you, i'm a side dish kinda girl, they so much more exciting!

  7. looks yummy and easy! i'm not super huge on potatoes, but i think the ratio is definitely important...too much potato and not enough toppings and it doesn't excite the palate! smashing it ensures that you get enough cheese and butter with each bite!!

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  8. this looks sooo yummy and delicious! The only down side, 30 minutes?! :)

  9. Freaking awesome!! Hahah! I love potatos like this! Crushed imperfect, yummy, crisp and soft! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. looks yummy... also I took some of your health tips and I have definitely noticed some changes... thank you so much and thank you so much for your lovely thoughts on my past post!!
    Deeply appreciate it ;)
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  11. OMG I love potatoes! This looks delicious!

    xo - Sheila

  12. Delicious, I must try it ! :)

  13. I loved ur delicious recipe.. so yumm.. thanks fr sharing xo