Australian Crash-Hot Potatoes
It’s what you want when you want a crisp, roast potato, only better. And all you have to do is boil a few small potatoes, smash them flat and blast them in a hot oven until they are terminally crisp. Serve with lamb, pan-fried fish, grilled sausages, or even on their own, or topped with smoked salmon and crème fraiche.
16 small, round potatoes
salted boiling water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp fennel or caraway seeds
1 tbsp thyme or rosemary sprigs
Heat oven to 230 or 250C (450F or 475F) - yes, hot.
Don’t peel the potatoes. Just bung them into a pot of salted water, bring to the boil, and simmer for around 15 minutes until they’ll take a skewer without too much resistance. They should be just about cooked, without being soft.
Drain, and arrange potatoes on a lightly oiled baking tray or sheet. Use a potato masher to squash each potato flat, until it is twice its original diameter.
Brush the tops with olive oil, and scatter with sea salt, black pepper, fennel seeds and thyme.
Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until terminally crisp and golden. Serve hot.