1 1/2 lbs. red-skinned potatoes
1 1/2 t. salt
4 T. butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 C. milk, or to taste
1/2 to 1 t. pepper
For the potatoes: Wash potatoes and, if they are large, cut them into 2-inch
chunks. Put them in a pot with water to cover and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a
boil, lower heat and simmer, covered, until tender when pierced with a fork,
about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and place in a serving dish.
In the potato-boiling pot, combine butter and minced garlic (or shallots or
green onions) and cook over medium heat until butter is melted and garlic is
aromatic. Add milk (whole milk makes richer potatoes, but any will do) and heat
Use a fork to smash the potatoes as you drizzle hot milk/butter mixture into the
potatoes. (Pouring all the milk in at once and then smashing is messy work and
may make gluey potatoes.) Season with remaining salt and pepper.
Spice Cupboard Chicken with Smashed Potatoes
Spice Cupboard Chicken:
1 whole chicken, cut in 10 serving pieces
1/2 to 1 T. vegetable oil
1 t. salt
1/2 to 1 t. freshly ground pepper
1 T. paprika
2 t. dried thyme
Pan Sauce (optional)
1 C. chicken broth or wine
1 to 2 T. cream (optional)
For the chicken:
Heat oven to 375°F. Rub chicken pieces with oil. Combine remaining ingredients
and rub them all over the chicken. Place the chicken on a shallow baking dish
and bake 20 minutes. Turn the chicken and bake 20 minutes more, or until the
chicken is cooked to desired taste.
For the pan sauce:
Remove the chicken from the baking pan. Place the pan over stovetop burners set
on medium heat. Add chicken broth or wine and let it boil as you stir and scrape
at the bottom of the pan. Let the mixture boil down to 1/3 cup or so and spoon
over chicken. Add cream if desired for a richer sauce.
Serve chicken and sauce with smashed potatoes and a green vegetable or salad.
Makes 6 servings.