Crushed Potatoes

6 Feb

This is an amazing change to potatoes, either as a side dish to a meal or in the summer, when it comes, as a simple potato salad.



  • 6 large potatoes
  • 4-6 shallots
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Chopped parsley
  • Estimated time: 35 minutes


Firstly peel and half the potatoes, put them in a saucepan and cover with water. Make sure the water covers all of the potatoes, bring the water up to the boil and allow to boil for roughly a minute. Once the minute is up turn the temperature down so that the potatoes are simmering, allow them to simmer for about 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are boiling, you can start doing my favourite thing, chopping onions!! Don’t worry, it’s not really my favourite thing, I do not enjoy the burning eyes in the slightest…once these are peeled you can dice them up to quite small squares, once chopped scrape them into a frying pan with a small amount of oil (or butter) and start to gently cook.

crushed 2

Whilst the ones are cooking you need to peel and roughly chop the garlic. If you have a garlic crusher then you are a very lucky person and can use it ow instead of trying to chop it all 😉 once the galic is chopped and the onion is half cooked you can add the garlic to it and cook lightly. Make sure you don’t cook it for too long as garlic is very easy to burn it, but not so easy to hide the flavour!

By now the potatoes should be cooked, to check this you just need a fork to pierce the potato, if the fork pierces easily then they are cooked, easy 🙂 once cooked drain the potatoes and lightly crush with a potato masher, all you want to do is apply enough force to ‘burst’ the potatoes roughly, when the majority are crushed you need to add the olive oil.


For this I’m afraid I don’t really have any measurements for! I will say only add a bit at a time as you can always add more, but can’t take away. Cliched I know! Pour a small amount of oil into the pan and mix into the potatoes, keep adding the oil and mixing until you can taste it. Same with the salt, add enough to taste it. As its potatoes you will need a lot of salt as they absorb so much flavour so don’t be too scared about the amount!

Finally you need to mix through the onion and garlic, you can do this without the onion but it just adds a nice extra bit. And the dried parsley, or fresh if you have it!

And there you have it a brilliant way to change potatoes (even my fiancé likes them, and he doesn’t like potatoes!) whether it’s to go with a meal or to be part of a salad.


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