So, it is Monday again. In case you missed how I feel about this particular day of the week you can read about it here. I felt this super easy, super flavorful side dish was only appropriate to share on a day most of us probably feel like smashing things when the day is done.
This is a twist on the smash potato, also called crash potato recipe that has been floating around Pinterest for a while. The process is pretty simple, boil some little red potatoes until tender, crank your oven up so it is super hot, smash the potatoes on a cookie sheet, bake until crisp. We tried this and liked the method but it didn’t have much flavor. So, I kicked it up a notch with some pesto, parmesan, and fresh basil. So much better. The outside is crisp and covered in warm pesto with meaty cheese while the inside stays soft and fluffy.
This is a really good side dish to have in your repertoire because it can easily be made to feed a lot of people, can be made pretty quickly and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.
- 8 small red potatoes
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425
- Place potatoes in a medium size pan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Let the potatoes boil until they are fork tender, approximately 15 minutes (The more tender they are the easier they are to smash)
- When potatoes are tender drain and rinse with cool water, set aside.
- Lightly spray a cookie sheet with oil.
- Place potatoes on cookie sheet using a potato masher or metal measuring cup carefully smash the potatoes.
- Top each with pesto and mozzarella.
- Bake 15-20 minutes until golden and crisp
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 potatoes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
To avoid any confusion I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count, as it is not known to affect blood glucose levels. To calculate Keto recipes listed on this site carbs - fiber = net carbs. I use Nutrifox as my nutrition calculator. This nutrition information is an estimate based on the information provided by Nutrifox and the specific ingredients I used.
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