A very easy recipe for smashed potatoes that has great flavor and good visual appeal.
Goat Cheese and Garlic Smashed Potatoes:
(serves 6-8 as a side dish)
2 lbs red new potatoes
6 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
4 oz goat cheese, room temperature
4 tbs butter, room temperature
1/2 cup half-and-half, milk or cream
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Chopped fresh parsley
Depending on size of potatoes, half or quarter the potatoes and bring to a boil with whole garlic cloves in a large pot of water. Boil until fork-tender.
Drain potatoes & garlic, leaving some liquid in the bottom of the pan. Return to the stovetop, turn off heat, add goat cheese, butter, cream and salt and pepper to taste. Stir/mash well with a fork until incorporated and potatoes are smashed. Add chopped fresh parsley and stir to incoporate. Taste a final time and season if needed. Serve immediately.