Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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From drizzly, to dazzling!

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Weather.com was reporting a chilly 32 degrees on my iPhone as I left work, but it felt much warmer than that, so I decided to ditch the gym and head out for a run around the ‘hood.

I love the feeling of my abs instantly engaging as I tackle the hills and uneven terrain on my neighborhood loop. It feels like much more of a total body workout than staring straight forward on the treadmill. Know what I mean?

Three times around the 1.5 mile loop and I was back before I knew it. It was colder than I thought it was going to be, and my thighs were semi-frozen by the time I touched my door, but the boost of vitamin D was totally worth it! 

Showered up and cooked an…interesting…looking dinner of Steak & Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. Looks more like a meat tombstone and eggs, no? ;)

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Looks aside, I need to talk to you about these parmesan smashed potatoes. My Mom makes them occasionally, and I thought I’d give them a whirl tonight. They’re SO easy, and SO GOOD.

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To start with, prick some potatoes and microwave them until soft.

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They can be any kind of potatoes, really, but I used these small, Yukon Golds. Aren’t they cute? :D

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Next, slice up your potato like so…

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then smash it lightly with a potato masher.

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(your kids/husband will really like helping with that part! ;) )

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You could cook your potatoes ahead of time, but they smash really easy when they’re still hot.

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Next, transfer all the potatoes to a non-stick spray lined baking sheet, and top them with butter, parmesan cheese and garlic salt.

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Ummm, what doesn’t taste fantastic when covered in butter, parmesan cheese & garlic salt – muwahaha!

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Pop ‘em under the broiler until the parmesan cheese is golden brown, then devour.

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Best. Potatoes. Ever! Creamy, salty, cheesy & buttery. You’ll want a million of ‘em!

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Maybe you we’re wondering why I have one mushroom on my steak?

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I cooked up a package of mushrooms in some yummy butter & salt for Ben to top his steak with, and it smelled SO mouth-watering that I foolishly thought I could overcome my deep rooted hatred for the funky fungus and try one!

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They became more,

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and more, 

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and more caramelized with every passing minute. 

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Just one bite couldn’t be that bad, right?!

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Wrong! Ew! No! Blech! Never again! It was like chewing on eroded rubber!!!

Ahem, sorry. I’m better now. :)

The cantaloupe and steak were much better (I just typed butter…)

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Well this girl is heading out of town tomorrow afternoon, and I’ve got about 2,002 things to cross off my to-do list before I go.

STAY TUNED for a super yummy giveaway tomorrow. I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU – WHEE!!!!

Goodnight!

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Did you know potatoes are Ben’s #1 favorite food? What’s your favorite form?

a. Mashed potato

b. Tator Tots

c. Baked Potato

d. French Fries

e. Other, I’ll tell you below!

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