Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes

A few weeks ago I happened to catch Food Network's Giada at Home called, "When Life Gives You Lemons."  The show was a cute premise.  Her friend gave her a lemon tree, and when the lemons where ready she cooked a lunch for that friend using those lemons.  How clever! One of the dishes she made really stuck in my mind. So much so, that the next time I went grocery shopping I bought fingerling potatoes. As Giada was cooking the potato dish she gave a nod to someone else, (another chef?), giving that person credit for boiling fingerling potatoes in chicken broth, and then sauteing them in olive oil.  I thought that was genius. Here is the link to Giada's menu for that show.  Here is my take on the potatoes inspired from that show.

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Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes
1 bag (one pound) of fingerling potatoes
8 cloves of garlic
1 quart of chicken broth
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

1) Clean the potatoes and peel the garlic cloves. Place in a sauce pot with the chicken broth. Boil on medium high heat until soft and cooked through.

2) Drain potatoes (reserving broth if desired - makes for a great base for potato soup) and carefully smash each fingerling on a cutting board with the flat of a large knife.  Carefully smash garlic cloves.

3) Heat olive oil over medium heat and place garlic and potatoes in a single layer in a frying pan.  This may take two batches.  Fry for about 7 minutes on each side until brown and crispy.

4) Add salt, pepper and fresh parsley before serving. These crispy garlic potatoes are a great alternative to french fries and go great with burgers.


  1. I've never thought of boiling potatoes in anything other than water. You've opened a whole new world of potato boiling for me.

  2. Michele, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing

  3. Thanks for the comments gals - I really did enjoy it and hope you do to!


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