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Cast Iron Smashed Potatoes

7/11/2013 *Sara-Marie* 2 Comments

So I've been craving potatoes...white potatoes. It has been a while since we have made the switch to the sweet potato for a more nutritional punch, but that doesn't seem to matter to the tiny human in my belly.

So I went out and bought some russet potatoes and I've been making some delicious and easy concoctions on the cast iron skillet. There is something extra special about the way the cast iron gives these potatoes a golden brown crust. Amazing. 

Without further ado, here's the easy recipe for what we like to call "smashed potatoes."

Cast Iron Smashed Potatoes
Serves 4-6 

Recipe Ingredients:
5 russet potatoes, already baked/cooked
1 onion, diced 
Ghee, or cooking fat of your choice
Olive oil 
Garlic powder, to taste
Dried oregano, to taste
Salt & Pepper, to taste 

Recipe Directions: 
1.) Bake your potatoes in the oven, or microwave in a bowl for 15-17 minutes. Roughly smash your potatoes with a fork, keeping the skin. 

2.) Heat up cast iron skillet over medium heat, just until it starts to smoke a tiny bit. 

3.) Add enough ghee, or other cooking fat, to cover the pan and add your diced onions. Sauté until soft and brown. 

4.) Add your smashed potatoes to the cast iron and season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Drizzle some olive oil to moisten your potatoes a bit. I just eye ball everything so maybe 2-3 tablespoons? 

5.) Let the potatoes sit in the pan for 2-3 minutes, untouched, allowing the bottom to brown and crisp up. 

6.) Carefully flip your potatoes so that the top gets a chance to be on the bottom and experience the crisping power of the cast iron. 

7.) Once your potatoes are browned to your liking, do a final taste test and adjust seasoning, if necessary. 

8.) Serve up and enjoy! 

These potatoes are fabulous for breakfast with a side of bacon and eggs or for dinner with some delicious steak or pork. 

Who am I kidding? 

These are delicious with anything! 


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  1. these would be so gone in my house! So there like homemade hash browns..key word being "homemade". I've got to try to make that it more "powerful" than butter? Regardless, it's on my "things to cook list"! Thank you Sarah!

    1. Yes - very similar to hash browns! They are REALLY good. I definitely recommend the ghee - I find it gives our food such a delicious and almost nutty, buttery flavor. We love it! Thanks for the comment!