parmesan crash potatoes

my life - more specifically my online life - feels like it has been "offline" since the beginning of may. my main computer decided to take a hiatus on me and it has been at the repair shop since the first week of may.

is it just me or are you crazy dependent on your computer? i mean my entire life exists on it - my work - my hobbies - everything. yea i have another computer but it is not the one i use on a regular basis. it is not set up correctly to easily allow me to get my work done, access my files and edit photos. i could go on and on about all the things it is not. i just want my darn computer back.

a couple things i have learned from this experience -

1. if you do have two computers, make sure that the secondary one really is a carbon copy of your main computer. it might be more work to maintain but in a crisis it will be worth it.
2. back up your data. this is a tired piece of advice but such an important one. i recently purchased a subscription to an online back up service and bought an external hard drive. i had begun to make that a part of my weekly ritual and i am so thankful i did. even through it wasn't 100 percent up to date it was 98% there.

i am pretty sure i could list more things i have learned (like how computer repair places just don't understand how badly i need my computer to get fixed quickly) but those are the two most important ones. i am looking forward to regaining my consistency with blogging and twitter. also, thank you for your patience as i get this mess straightened out. on to the good stuff ... food ...

looking for a new way to prepare potatoes? if you are, i have just the recipe for you.

i am pretty sure that if i were forced to, i could happily survive on a diet of just potatoes. i love their versatility. you can mash them, roast them, boil them or make these incredible crash potatoes.

these potatoes are my new favorite way to make potatoes. by boiling them on the stove and then "crashing" and baking them with olive oil creates an incredibly crispy crust on the outside. the parmesan adds that buttery & nutty flavor that puts this preparation of potatoes at the top of my list.

best of all, they reheat beautifully the next day in a 375 degree oven.

parmesan crash potatoes
adapted from the pioneer woman

12 whole Small Potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Kosher Salt To Taste
Black Pepper To Taste
Shredded Parmesan Cheese

parmesan crash potatoes

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.

On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato.

parmesan crash potatoes

With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil. Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper.

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

parmesan crash potatoes

Take out of the oven and sprinkle the parmesan over the tops of the potatoes. Return to the oven and bake for another 3 - 5 minutes.

serves 6

parmesan crash potatoes

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