foodie mcfooderson

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ad hoc smashed roasted marble potatoes

These are Thomas Keller’s take on smashed potatoes, made infinitely easier if you go to the farmer’s market on a regular basis.

What’s a marble potato? An exotic breed found only in the mountains of France perhaps? Maybe a special cut that takes years of knife skills one learns at monasteries in Eastern Canada?

Nah. They’re just really small potatoes. Smaller than “new” even. And the farmer’s market is a great place to get them because they’ll even let you put together a basket of them from their general bin and be happy that you’re taking those potatoes off their hands.  These are they next to a regular potato, not some mutant 10 pound potato.

The ingredients and cooking are both simple (it’s a theme for ad hoc) and quick, if you have something on-hand:

  • 2 1/4 lbs marble potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 8 cloves garlic confit
  • 2 Tbs minced chives
  • Fleur de sel

Yes, that’s the garlic confit making another appearance.  See, there are all sorts of uses for the confit.

Anyway, I tossed the potatoes with salt and oil in a bowl.  On my stovetop, I melted 2 tablespoons of butter and added the potatoes.  Pan went into a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes with rosemary sprigs.  To be considered “done,” my biggest marble potatoes were completely tender when stabbed with a knifetip.

Once these were out of the oven, I tossed the rosemary sprig and drained the potatoes into my serving bowl using one of my spiders (I love these).  In my serving bowl, I added the remaining butter, garlic confit, chives and fleur de sel.  The smashing part?  A fork.

Because the marble potatoes are so small and able to cook fast, the skin crisps up all the way around and leaves a lovely puff of potato here and there – but plenty of crispy, buttered, garlic-thyme, salty goodness that you just can’t get in the flesh-to-peel ratios of “normal” potatoes.  If you don’t have potatoes at your farmer’s market, check out the bulk potato bin at your mega-mart – marble potatoes will fall to the bottom of the bin.

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