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Smashed Potatoes



dreamstime_4147638(2)Smashed potatoes are true comfort food.  This recipe is sure to please anyone who loves good mashed potatoes.

2 pounds red-skinned potatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 T olive oil
2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
ground nutmeg
ground pepper

Scrub the potatoes to make sure the skin is clean.  Put the potatoes, garlic and thyme in a large saucepan and cover them with cold water.  Add 2 Tablespoons of kosher salt to the water.  Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Drain the potatoes and discard the thyme.  Place the potatoes in a large serving bowl and “smash” them with a fork or potato masher.  While you are smashing the potatoes, add the chicken broth , olive oil, nutmeg, pepper, and 2 teaspoons kosher salt.

Serve warm. 

Variations: 
Add 4 scallions, chopped finely
Add 1/2 cup pesto
Add 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
Add 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan

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