Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crushed Potatoes

'Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris is a book that tells you about past and present and the conflicts within a successful author Jay.The past where he befriends a miner's son Joe and the present that is influenced by it.Foodwise,it is full of culinary terms and a inspires you.The story is told from the angle point of blackberry wine which Joe had gifted to Jay Macintosh who is now a successful author.In one of the instances where Joe and Jay meet Joe talks about jacket potates.These are nothing but baked potatoes.I love potatoes and when these words swam in frony of my eyes,I decided that I wanted to do it.Since I had already made cheese stuffed potatoes,I went for a quicker version ie crushed potatoes .Basically this is a lazy version of both baked and mashed potatoes but is quicker and simpler.


Ingredients:
Small Potatoes : atleast 4 (with the skin on)
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil


Preparation:

Clean the potatoes thoroughly leaving the skin intact.Steam potatoes till they are fork tender.(You can also boil them in salted water).Remove and keep them in a baking sheet.Using a flat turner/ladle press the top of each potatoes so that it looks like crushed -roughly 1/2 inch.Drizzle olive oil (I did not) and sprinkle salt and pepper on each crushed potato.It looks like...


Place the baking sheet into a preheated oven and let it bake 450F for about 20 minutes or until the edges start browning.Serve as a starter or side or snack depending on the size of potatoes.You can also serve it topped with cheese,grated veggies,pesto ,chutney etc.

I served and enjoyed it as such and it is much better than you can decipher from the picture.Now lets see what other Book Club members have brought to celebrate 'Blackberry Wine'.
Simran made Strawberry Preserve
Siri made savoury muffins


The dish being simple and also a filling starter is on the way to 'Recipes for the rest of Us- Starters ' and event originated by Ramki and currently hosted by SunshineMom

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