Garlic-smashed potatoes

June 25, 2008

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Serves 4

1 3/4 pounds small red potatoes, cut in half (or large red potatoes cut into 1-inch pieces)
4 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
1 teaspoon kosher salt, and more to taste
1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up
1/2 teaspoon pepper, and more to taste
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the potatoes, garlic, salt, and water to cover by a couple of inches. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

2. Drain the potatoes into a colander. Return them to the saucepan. Add the creme fraiche or sour cream, Parmesan, butter, and pepper.

3. Using a potato masher or whisk, mash the potatoes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Tony Rosenfeld