So here is the story about the potatoes I made with my Sunday rib dinner...I was calling these potato cookies! They were the easiest thing in the world to make, and you won't believe how delicious they are. So listen up.....
Buy a bag of new potatoes, on the smaller side if possible. Pre-heat your oven to 475 degrees. Wash them off, and place them on a pan that has low sides (you will be drizzling olive oil in the pan later) DON'T cut the potatoes, season them, or oil them.......nothing! Just clean the potatoes and place them on a cookie sheet. You will cook them for approximately 30 minutes, until they are tender. Take them out of the oven and set aside in a bowl.
Take your roasting pan and drizzle some olive oil all over. Add some fresh ground sea salt and pepper. Place your cooked potatoes back on the pan, in the oil. Now for the fun part! Use the bottom of a mug, and gently press down on each potato until it is about 1/2" thick. It is so cool, because the skin will crack and you can see some of the white potato. After you have smushed them all, paint the tops of the potatoes with some more olive oil, salt and pepper. Return them to the oven for another 30 to 40 minutes, until they are golden and crisp (I turned the pan about half way through, just so they would cook evenly.)
Here is the picture from the article I read.... hopefully it gives you another picture of how they come out. I have to tell you. You bite into the crispy outside that has just enough salt and pepper on it, and the taste of that and the soft potato inside is enough to send you over the edge!
I WILL be making these again and again!