I was out with some friends bowling last week, and naturally we got hungry, so we ordered some appetizers. As you know, bowling alley food while fun to eat, is not always the best thing for you. The French fries with fry sauce were so good that day that it inspired me to make my own, better for you version, at home for my family. My Smashed Potatoes with Fry Sauce is easy to make, a great addition to any dinner, and does not require any messy frying. If you don’t want smashed potatoes use your fry sauce on baked potatoes, tater tots, or baked fries and it will be just as good.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring cups and spoons, a baking sheet, a medium bowl, a large sauté pan, a thick coffee mug, a cutting board, the oven and the stove.
If you are not allowed to use the oven or stove by yourself, you can ask an adult for help.
ChefElla’s Smashed Potatoes and Fry Sauce (4-6 Servings)
1-2 lbs Fingerling Potatoes, Yellow (other colors will work also)
3-4 Tbl. Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt, Kosher or Sea
¼ tsp Black Pepper
1 Cup Sour Cream, Light (You can use regular sour cream or crème fraiche if you like.)
¼ tsp Salt, Kosher or Sea
¼ tsp Smoked Paprika
1/8 tsp Garlic, Granulated
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
1 Tbl. Parsley, Fresh Chopped, or Dried Flakes
Parchment paper, Aluminum Foil, or a Silpat
3. Preheat oven to 425F.
4. In a bowl mix the potatoes with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Enough to lightly coat the potatoes. Add the salt and pepper and mix well. Line you baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or a Silpat and place the potatoes in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes. Wash your bowl.
5. While the potatoes are baking add all of your fry sauce ingredients to your bowl and mix well with a fork or whisk. Place the fry sauce in the refrigerator for later.
6. When the potatoes are baked remove them from the oven and let them sit for 10-15 minutes to cool.
7. Take a potato and place it on your cutting board. Take your thick coffee mug by the handle. Using the opposite side of the mug gently smash your potato. You want to flatten your potato but you do not want to mash it or break it up. You should be able to pick it up when you are done.
8. Place your potato back on the baking sheet and repeat the process until you have smashed all of your potatoes.
9. Heat your sauté pan on the stove on medium heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and as many smashed potatoes to the pan as you can without crowding them. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Check the bottom. When they potato has a nice brown color flip them over and cook for another 5 minutes and then remove from the pan.
10. Repeat the process until all of the potatoes are cooked.
Serve your smashed potatoes with your fry sauce. Fry sauce is a great topping for your favorite kind of potatoes.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring the ingredients
Mixing the potatoes with oil and spices
Putting the potatoes on the pan
Smashing the potatoes with a little help
Older helpers can help by:
Sautéing the potatoes