Portuguese "Punched" Potatoes (Batatas a Murro)
My brothers used to love to help mom in the kitchen whenever she was making "punched" potatoes (Batatas a Murro)...go figure!
- 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 3 to 4 tablespoons good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 small round red or creamer potatoes (1 to 1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed and unpeeled
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
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Preheat oven to 400°. Combine garlic and olive oil; let steep 40 minutes.
Roast potatoes in a shallow baking pan at 400° on the middle oven rack for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
"Punch" each potato, exposing the flesh, by whacking with a rolling pin or meat mallet. Arrange potatoes on a warm serving dish.
Strain olive oil, and drizzle over potatoes; sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper.