Garlic Smashed Potatoes & A Giveaway

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Kids really are funny creatures. They start out in life so helpless and dependent on you, and they can’t communicate what they want. Then, when they are able to communicate, they still make no sense to us. They are completely illogical and emotional. They react on instinct, without much thought. Granted, it’s our job as parents to teach them how to think, talk, communicate and behave, but we are clueless on how to do this ourselves. Makes you wonder how humans has survived as long as we have.

Take, for example, feeding your kids. If you’ve ever fed a kid, you can relate to my frustration. When they were babies, my kids ate what they are given. Sometimes, if I gave them something horrible, like smashed peas, then they would grimace & spit it out. They didn’t know about cookies, chips and french fries, so they happily ate the good stuff.

Then, we as parents, screw it all up. We give them choices.

It’s all downhill after that.

I remember trying to explain to my then 4-year old boy that the spaghetti sauce he always ate and loved, which he all of a sudden refused to eat was the same sauce that was on his beloved pizza. It took a month, but he returned to eating “that red sauce.”

Same thing with mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, and quite frankly, any potatoes besides french fries.

Explain to a kid that it’s basically the same thing, just a different shape or texture and you’ll be lucky if they will give it a try.

I remember the light-bulb moment when my oldest boy (the pickiest eater of them all) finally ate a roasted potato.

“YUM! It’s like a fat french fry!”

AAARGH!!! Isn’t that what I’ve been telling you???

“Mmmmm…. I love mashed potatoes!”

YES! YES! I’m jumping up and down – he finally gets it!

Then there’s my middle-child who just won’t go down the mashed potato road.

You win some, you lose some.

Lucky for me, my kids now have a great relationship with potatoes and many other vegetables. Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me some potatoes to try out from The Little Potato Company.

One bag contained an assortment of baby potatoes, red, white & purple. With these, I made some Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Thyme. I use less cream and butter in this recipe than I do with my normal mashed potatoes, and I get a lumpy, mashed potato that’s full on flavor.

My other bag of potatoes were these tiny Piccolo potatoes. And, yes, I mean tiny. They are the size of small rocks. Totally cute and seriously, full of flavor. I had serious fun with these babies, making my Garlic Smashed Potatoes with them. First I cooked in the microwave for 3 minutes, then I gently smashed them, brushed them with oil, seasoned with salt & pepper and roasted in the oven until browned. I drizzled some garlic, parsley & EVOO over them and cooked another couple minutes before serving.

Oh yeah, these were highly addicting! The kids gobbled them up and hardly left any for Mom & Dad.

I also received from my Frieda’s care package some pearl onions. If you’ve never had them, they are sweet & flavorful, especially when compared to their bland frozen counterparts. They are great additions to pot roasts, like Beef Bourguignon:

You can also make some Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions and they were fab-u-lous! Sweet caramelized onions with salty-crunchy Brussel sprouts. Even the Professor tried a few.

The potatoes are right now only being distributed in California, but will soon expand into other markets across the US.

And now, it’s giveaway time!

Frieda’s Produce is offering one of my readers their own care package containing:

1 bag of little potatoes
1 bag of Frieda’s pearl onion
1 reusable bag
1 Purple Kiwi Cookbook

What you need to do to win this is to answer this question in the comment section of this post:

How does your family like their potatoes prepared?

Only U.S. residents are eligible, sorry!

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winner Nami, from Just One Cookbook!

You can also increase your chances of winning by:

1. Following me on Twitter or tweeting this giveaway
2. Like Family Spice on Facebook
3. Like Frieda’s Produce on Facebook

Be sure to leave a comment here for your extra entries.

Good luck & thanks to one of my readers, Brian H., who reminded me that all of us parents are in this food battle together! You might think you are suffering alone, but we all are struggling to reason with our cute & cuddly, irrational children!

Disclosure: Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me these items to sample. The opinions expressed here are my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!

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34 Responses to Garlic Smashed Potatoes & A Giveaway

  1. kener at #

    All ways – mashed, potato salad, fries, home fries, sauted, boiled, roasted! Will have to try smashed. :)

  2. S.V. at #

    The smashed potatoes look fantastic. Actually everything looks fantastic. :) KIds are funny I have an 8 year old who always ate everything and still does to this day, but I have a 15 month old who spits out everything LOL. I see how this is going to turn out for me already :)

  3. helene at #

    O Potato, how do i love thee, let me count the ways… mashed, roasted, lyonnaise, latkes, kugel…we never met a potato we didn't like!

  4. I love garlic and I love potatoes so put a bunch of garlic in a potato and I'm sold! Yum!

  5. Erin at #

    I have been wanting to try smashed potatoes – these look wonderful! My MIL was raving about them last week, really going to have to step it up and try them!

  6. Courtney at #

    I can't think of a way I don't like potatoes. Always delicious.

  7. Yummy yummy yummy. We usually take ours roasted with herbs, but I sense that garlicky and smashed may be arriving on the hit list soon!

  8. Yummy yummy yummy. We usually take ours roasted with herbs and vinaigrette, but I sense that garlicky and smashed may be arriving on the hit list soon!

  9. We like potatoes just about any way: baked, mashed, hash browns…you name it!

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  12. I love all kinds of potatoes…but I think homemade hash browns are my favorite. That and garlic and sea salt roasted fingerlings!

  13. We love German Potato Salad in my family!

  14. mjskit at #

    One I try those smashed fingerlings, those could become my favorites! Currently, we love potatoes mashed and stovetop roasted.

  15. redkathy at #

    I just finished the scalloped potatoes leftover from dinner last night. Tonight we had yellow Yukon potatoes with parsley and Parmesan. I love potatoes!! Have yet to try the purple ones though [sad face]

    Great giveaway!!!

  16. Ann at #

    Everything looks amazing! I love smashed potatoes…especially with a poached egg on top!

  17. Tami at #

    baked with butter and sour cream is my fam's fav way!

  18. Ali at #

    What a wonderful potato family!! The smashed potatoes look delicious, I bet all your kids liked it.

  19. Smashed potatoes are a family favorite along with twice-baked, mashed, grilled (fingerlings) and of course, frenched fried. Personally, I'd go further and add boiled potatoes.

  20. Leslie at #

    I could eat potatoes every night, (and usually do)! Roasted is my current fav.

  21. delicious looking potatoes
    lovely giveaway I am in Canada

  22. I love your garlic smashed potatoes! I need to check your brussel sprout recipe since I love this veggie and it's in my fridge now. I love using potatoes to make Japanese korokke (croquette). It's always my #1 potato food!

  23. I already follow you via FB.

  24. I just started following Frieda's Produce

  25. I'm already following you via twitter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. RFR at #

    I really enjoyed reading your intro. I really did. You are so right. And i'm not even a parent but i have 2 cutie pie nieces. I like potatoes seasoned with indian spices, chiles, garlic and ginger. BUt if not that, I layer thin slices in a ceramic tart dish and it becomes a "crust" for quiche.

  27. Hi! this blog looks amazing! it's full of interesting ideas & recipes! Now i'll follow you! Hello from Italy, Valentina*

  28. Peggy at #

    I'm definitely not a picky potato eater – I'd say our favorite way to have them is mashed, but any way will please us =)

  29. Marci J at #

    mashed potatoes – fantastic!

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