Giada De Laurentiis’ Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons Recipe

Leah Bourne

4742279091 Giada De Laurentiis Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons RecipeItalian-born Giada De Laurenttiis has a knack for making the kind of food that just about everyone loves to eat. Case in point: her fried smashed potatoes that she whipped up for an Italian dim sum-style brunch she recently hosted at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Lucky for us, we have the recipe, and can’t wait to try this one at home ourselves.
Giada De Laurentiis Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons Recipe
Makes 4 servings
2 pounds baby or fingerling potatoes
¼ cup olive oil, plus extra as needed
3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
Zest of 2 lemons
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the potatoes: Place the potatoes in an 8-quart stockpot with enough cold water to cover at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil and continue boiling until the potatoes are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow to dry for 5 minutes. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the potatoes until lightly smashed.
In a large, non-stick skillet, heat ¼ cup of oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly brown, about 1 minute. Remove the garlic and discard. In batches, add the potatoes and cook, without stirring, for 5 minutes until the bottoms turn golden brown. Using the spatula, turn the potatoes over and cook, drizzling with oil, if needed, for 5 to 8 minutes until golden brown on the underside.
For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and serve.
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