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(LA Times)   What could make smashed potatoes better? Frying them, of course   (latimes.com) divider line 100
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2012-09-08 03:24:00 PM
Smashed potatoes: because it was this or beat your wife for not cooking dinner.
 
2012-09-08 04:07:04 PM
"You're Scottish, fry something!"

/First thing I thought of
 
2012-09-08 04:12:12 PM
When we were growing up if there were mashed potatoes left over from a big meal Mom would mix the leftover veggies and chop or dice the leftover meat and add it to the potatoes and make potato patties out of the mixture and fry them in a little oil in the pan until crispy on each side and that would be the next meal. Good stuff.
 
2012-09-08 04:12:38 PM
Is mashed/smashed potatoes an East/West thing? Because I've always known them as mashed on the right coast.
 
2012-09-08 04:13:39 PM

ButterMule: Is mashed/smashed potatoes an East/West thing? Because I've always known them as mashed on the right coast.


You drtfa, I take it.

These are, in fact, not mashed, but SMASHED.
 
2012-09-08 04:15:03 PM
They're called "mashed potatoes", you yokel.
 
2012-09-08 04:15:43 PM

ButterMule: Is mashed/smashed potatoes an East/West thing? Because I've always known them as mashed on the right coast.


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I'd never heard of them, either. Ever. Looking at the picture, it looks like someone made something up and is trying to go viral. I wonder if this is a paid link? but that wouldn't make sense, as there is no company offering 'smashed potatoes'.
 
2012-09-08 04:16:22 PM
Okay, people, let's review: "Mashed" = smooth, "smashed" = peels and other chunky bits still in the mix.
 
2012-09-08 04:17:33 PM

BadKarma86: They're called "mashed potatoes", you yokel.


look how tiny those 'potatoes' are. when's the last time you ate a potatoe that small? somebody is trying to start a trend in foodyville, and modmins are assisting.
 
2012-09-08 04:17:33 PM

ButterMule: Is mashed/smashed potatoes an East/West thing? Because I've always known them as mashed on the right coast.


Smashed potatoes are apparently still whole but crushed with a cooking hammer or something. Mashed potatoes are the same east or west, as far as I know.
 
2012-09-08 04:17:50 PM
Can of sliced new potatoes mixed in scrambled eggs and fried in butter...

Now going to try these in there too
 
2012-09-08 04:18:10 PM

flushdepot: When we were growing up if there were mashed potatoes left over from a big meal Mom would mix the leftover veggies and chop or dice the leftover meat and add it to the potatoes and make potato patties out of the mixture and fry them in a little oil in the pan until crispy on each side and that would be the next meal. Good stuff.


My mother survived the Depression, and this is exactly the kind of thing she would do. No matter how small the leftover, it would be saved until she could use it up. Three day old chicken might end up with last night's meatloaf, all rolled into rice or potato and fried into submission. I wish I had half as much discipline.
 
2012-09-08 04:19:43 PM
You've gone quite mad, you know. You'll be smashing all your food next.
 
2012-09-08 04:23:58 PM
potato cakes! deeeelicious
 
2012-09-08 04:26:42 PM
Since we started making them a few years ago, our family calls them "smashbrowns". Rather than frying them, we drizzle them with EVOO and bake them.

/Amazed at how many farkers didn't RTFA.

//Adds a vote for a "FOOD" tag.
 
2012-09-08 04:26:53 PM
Restaurant in town makes a smashed potato, then covers it with your choice of either chicke or beef. Then veg and cheese.
Gravy is optional.
My understanding is that this is not a new thing.
 
2012-09-08 04:30:54 PM
Article is a trifle hyperbolic, and these are just fancy fried mashed potatoes, yes. Fried mashed potatoes used to be common in New England (and you can still find them there) and are common in Old England, especially when cooked with scrambled eggs.

I'm not saying it's not good. It's just not new.

Next Foodie Thing: Fried spaghetti. Or maybe fancy spaghetti sandwiches.
 
2012-09-08 04:31:31 PM
Smashed potatoes are best when made from baked potatoes.
 
2012-09-08 04:34:25 PM
Old news in Newfoundland. What they can't boil, they fry and what was boiled yesterday is now being fried.
 
2012-09-08 04:34:47 PM
My sisters were frying leftover mashed potatoes in the eighties, and they couldn't have been the first to do such a thing.

Of course, the L.A. Times weren't in the room when it happened, so it wasn't news till now.
 
2012-09-08 04:35:01 PM

ds_4815: Okay, people, let's review: "Mashed" = smooth, "smashed" = peels and other chunky bits still in the mix.


Horeshiat!

It obviously and east coast/ west coast issue.
 
2012-09-08 04:35:06 PM
...crunchy yet delicate, full of flavor...

Noelle Carter, of the LA Times, shame on both you and your editor. Shame.
 
2012-09-08 04:35:13 PM

RandomAxe: Article is a trifle hyperbolic, and these are just fancy fried mashed potatoes, yes. Fried mashed potatoes used to be common in New England (and you can still find them there) and are common in Old England, especially when cooked with scrambled eggs.

I'm not saying it's not good. It's just not new.

Next Foodie Thing: Fried spaghetti. Or maybe fancy spaghetti sandwiches.


My kids watch iCarly and they had spaghetti tacos. My kids asked so I made. Not bad actually... 

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2012-09-08 04:39:59 PM

flushdepot: When we were growing up if there were mashed potatoes left over from a big meal Mom would mix the leftover veggies and chop or dice the leftover meat and add it to the potatoes and make potato patties out of the mixture and fry them in a little oil in the pan until crispy on each side and that would be the next meal. Good stuff.


My mom did that. They were usually better than the meal they were made from.
 
2012-09-08 04:40:34 PM
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2012-09-08 04:44:33 PM

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STOP STOP!!!

MUST. STOP MYSELF. FROM BUYING POTATOS and VELVETTA
 
2012-09-08 04:45:06 PM
*does control F search for "garlic"*

No results found.

/Haz a sad.
 
2012-09-08 04:46:46 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: BadKarma86: They're called "mashed potatoes", you yokel.

look how tiny those 'potatoes' are. when's the last time you ate a potatoe that small? somebody is trying to start a trend in foodyville, and modmins are assisting.


I dunno about smashing and frying them, but I eat those tiny guys all the time. Usually they're part of a healthy, fast, roasted veggie plate. Just take some of whatever looks good at the farm stand, cut into pieces of approximately the same mass, toss with EVOO, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread 'em on a baking sheet and roast at 450 until the green parts and the onions get a good brown streak through 'em.
 
2012-09-08 04:49:46 PM

quatchi: *does control F search for "garlic"*

No results found.

/Haz a sad.


maybe it's cause you pushed Control instead of COmmand.
 
2012-09-08 04:53:03 PM
Isn't this similar to potatoe pancakes, or latkes(sp)?? I have been using leftover mashed potatoes, adding an egg and salt/pepper,and pan frying them since, oh, forever....at least 30 years. I still cannot make them taste as good as the Jewish ladies made them taste, when I lived in Washington heights, NYC.
Smooshing a potatoe with a fork and frying it is just silly. It will heat it up and give it a slight browning. Meh!
 
2012-09-08 04:53:19 PM

Manfred J. Hattan: ExperianScaresCthulhu: BadKarma86: They're called "mashed potatoes", you yokel.

look how tiny those 'potatoes' are. when's the last time you ate a potatoe that small? somebody is trying to start a trend in foodyville, and modmins are assisting.

I dunno about smashing and frying them, but I eat those tiny guys all the time. Usually they're part of a healthy, fast, roasted veggie plate. Just take some of whatever looks good at the farm stand, cut into pieces of approximately the same mass, toss with EVOO, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread 'em on a baking sheet and roast at 450 until the green parts and the onions get a good brown streak through 'em.



I was going to call you out on this point but apparently I was wrong about our friend the potato. I thought they were high in calories and carbs but lacked nutritional value. The googles just taught me that they have a nuval score of 93.


Potatoes score better than all meats and fish and better than milk, even if it is skim milk . Although many vegetables and fruits score higher than potatoes, potatoes score better than grapes, banana, blackberries and Iceberg Lettuce.



Link
 
2012-09-08 04:55:06 PM
I first had smashed potatoes about 10 years ago at a little cafe that served hamburgers, salads, and wine. They're basically just chunky mashed potatoes with the skin left on.
 
2012-09-08 04:58:40 PM

jst3p: Manfred J. Hattan: ExperianScaresCthulhu: BadKarma86: They're called "mashed potatoes", you yokel.

look how tiny those 'potatoes' are. when's the last time you ate a potatoe that small? somebody is trying to start a trend in foodyville, and modmins are assisting.

I dunno about smashing and frying them, but I eat those tiny guys all the time. Usually they're part of a healthy, fast, roasted veggie plate. Just take some of whatever looks good at the farm stand, cut into pieces of approximately the same mass, toss with EVOO, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread 'em on a baking sheet and roast at 450 until the green parts and the onions get a good brown streak through 'em.


I was going to call you out on this point but apparently I was wrong about our friend the potato. I thought they were high in calories and carbs but lacked nutritional value. The googles just taught me that they have a nuval score of 93.


Potatoes score better than all meats and fish and better than milk, even if it is skim milk . Although many vegetables and fruits score higher than potatoes, potatoes score better than grapes, banana, blackberries and Iceberg Lettuce.


Link


Fun fact of the day. Potatoes and whole milk give you all the nutrition you need to sustain life indefinitely.
 
2012-09-08 04:59:48 PM
Two words....

Twice baked.
 
2012-09-08 05:00:18 PM
Potatoes even have vitamin C.
 
2012-09-08 05:03:27 PM
At the price of new baby potatoes I'm going to call this a rich person's dish. Being economicaly challenged
I'll stay with my potatoe pancakes.
 
2012-09-08 05:04:02 PM

RandomAxe: Article is a trifle hyperbolic, and these are just fancy fried mashed potatoes, yes. Fried mashed potatoes used to be common in New England (and you can still find them there) and are common in Old England, especially when cooked with scrambled eggs.

I'm not saying it's not good. It's just not new.

Next Foodie Thing: Fried spaghetti. Or maybe fancy spaghetti sandwiches.


Fried spaghetti?
Take leftover spaghetti & saute with onion, fresh basil, lots of garlic, roasted red peppers & optionally, some diced ham.
Hot pepper flakes or ground red chile and some soy sauce can add more flavor if desired. 
I have no idea where I stole the concept from except it's like Lo mein meets Italian somewhere in the Southwest. (maybe Thai?)

/it also predates Fark by a couple of years as well
 
2012-09-08 05:04:02 PM

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How would one prepare such a dish?
 
2012-09-08 05:05:20 PM

cherryl taggart: flushdepot: When we were growing up if there were mashed potatoes left over from a big meal Mom would mix the leftover veggies and chop or dice the leftover meat and add it to the potatoes and make potato patties out of the mixture and fry them in a little oil in the pan until crispy on each side and that would be the next meal. Good stuff.

My mother survived the Depression, and this is exactly the kind of thing she would do. No matter how small the leftover, it would be saved until she could use it up. Three day old chicken might end up with last night's meatloaf, all rolled into rice or potato and fried into submission. I wish I had half as much discipline.


My mom was the same way. I don't do too badly but occasionally I forget about something that got shoved into the back of the fridge, or we forget to take the scraps/leftover gravy to my MIL's dog, and then I have to purge a few containers of stuff. That's only every 3-4 months though.
 
2012-09-08 05:05:58 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Two words....

Twice baked.


Two better words... duck fat.

Duck fat fried potatoes are the best.
 
2012-09-08 05:07:58 PM

ladyfortuna: cherryl taggart: flushdepot: When we were growing up if there were mashed potatoes left over from a big meal Mom would mix the leftover veggies and chop or dice the leftover meat and add it to the potatoes and make potato patties out of the mixture and fry them in a little oil in the pan until crispy on each side and that would be the next meal. Good stuff.

My mother survived the Depression, and this is exactly the kind of thing she would do. No matter how small the leftover, it would be saved until she could use it up. Three day old chicken might end up with last night's meatloaf, all rolled into rice or potato and fried into submission. I wish I had half as much discipline.

My mom was the same way. I don't do too badly but occasionally I forget about something that got shoved into the back of the fridge, or we forget to take the scraps/leftover gravy to my MIL's dog, and then I have to purge a few containers of stuff. That's only every 3-4 months though.


I am the definition of pennywise and pound foolish. It bothers me to see half a bowl of cereal wasted but I blow hundreds of dollars in other ways. I think it is because there was a period in my life where I was really, really broke and could not afford to waste any food. I do pretty well now but I am a nazi when it comes to leftovers.
 
2012-09-08 05:09:02 PM
Add an egg, whip them all up, use a tablespoon to drop them in some bacon grease! Fry 'em up like pancakes.
Yum!!
 
2012-09-08 05:09:49 PM

jst3p: ladyfortuna: cherryl taggart: flushdepot: When we were growing up if there were mashed potatoes left over from a big meal Mom would mix the leftover veggies and chop or dice the leftover meat and add it to the potatoes and make potato patties out of the mixture and fry them in a little oil in the pan until crispy on each side and that would be the next meal. Good stuff.

My mother survived the Depression, and this is exactly the kind of thing she would do. No matter how small the leftover, it would be saved until she could use it up. Three day old chicken might end up with last night's meatloaf, all rolled into rice or potato and fried into submission. I wish I had half as much discipline.

My mom was the same way. I don't do too badly but occasionally I forget about something that got shoved into the back of the fridge, or we forget to take the scraps/leftover gravy to my MIL's dog, and then I have to purge a few containers of stuff. That's only every 3-4 months though.

I am the definition of pennywise and pound foolish. It bothers me to see half a bowl of cereal wasted but I blow hundreds of dollars in other ways. I think it is because there was a period in my life where I was really, really broke and could not afford to waste any food. I do pretty well now but I am a nazi when it comes to leftovers.


how can u be a "definition"

that's impossible
a definition is somethin intangible
 
2012-09-08 05:11:29 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: how can u be a "definition"

that's impossible
a definition is somethin intangible




You will have a better understanding of the language once you get to 7th grade.
 
2012-09-08 05:13:21 PM

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How would one prepare such a dish?


Mash the potatoes. Throw in a chunk of cream cheese, throw in a box of velveeta, stir over low heat until everything is melted and mixed. Not sure on the proportions, I just add cream cheese and velveeta until my gallbladder starts to cry. 

Pure, unadulterated crack. I'm like a goldfish with that stuff, I'll just eat until it's gone or I"m dead.
 
2012-09-08 05:16:51 PM
I'm pretty sure "smashed potatoes" is something served on Regular Ordinary Swedish Mealtime. After the pre-dinner mayo, of course.
 
2012-09-08 05:17:04 PM
These are neither fried mashed potatos nor fried smashed potatos. I think we should call them fried smooshed potatos.
 
2012-09-08 05:24:38 PM
Wrap layer of bacon in Muffin tin.
Fill with mashed taters.
Spoon in a glob of velveeta.
Dab of butter on top.
Sprinkle paprika on top.
Garnish with fresh chopped chives and parsley.
Bake until done.
Eat until gone.
 
2012-09-08 05:28:04 PM
There seems to be an extraordinary number of people in this thread who DNRTFA or Google or anything to discover that smashed potatoes are NOT mashed potatoes or even particularly similar.
 
2012-09-08 05:29:35 PM
Refried taters? I'm in.
 
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