Inter Foods : Ep2
Inter Foods : Punched Potatoes
ArgentinianThe land of beef gifts us the Asado Barbecue which demonstrates a complex collection of grilling techniques. A mouthwatering feast of steak and stews. Argentinian recipes show influence from Spanish and Italian immigrants to bring us a diverse collection of flavour.
Potatoes never tasted THIS GOOD! Super easy and insanely effective. Humble potatoes are transformed into a textural sensations. Crunchy exterior and rich, creamy interiors... an absolute revelation. Transform your next potato offering with a PUNCH!
So, Punched Potatoes! Before these little morsels came into my life, I don't think I'd ever considered punching food as a legit technique - I'm not sure that Le Cordon Bleu have it it in their curriculum, but it's pretty real in South America, so I've been told. And it's easy to see why. They're utterly delicious!
Why are Argentinians punching potatoes?So, what is a punched potato? Primarily, it's a regular potato; cooked then assaulted, then cooked some more. This creates a lovely crisp and creamy combination with the flavour highlighted by olive oil. In my punched potatoes recipe (which I've perfected over many months) the magic happens with the use of oil. Top notch extra virgin olive oil to be precise - the late addition of this shows the potato some love and in turn creates the other-worldly texture you've ever experienced in a potato! Crispy, creamy, and altogether completely addictive. Given the opportunity, I would just sit with the baking tray on my lap and consume the entire thing in one sitting (I may have done this in the past).
Serving suggestionsWherever the potato is at home, the punched potato is equally as welcome. Strictly speaking, punched potatoes are a side dish usually playing second fiddle to some kind of meat or fish. However, these little morsels are divine when they're drizzled with a little Argentinian Chimicurri sauce and served on their own. They'll accompany other vegetable dishes wonderfully too, try them with my Asparagus with Smoked Alioli - again dipping potatoes in the smoky garlicky sauce is addictive, or alongside my Grilled Lamb with Za'atar. If that's not your bag, then maybe try my Beetroot with Feta & Fresh Herb Dressing or maybe just a simple Heirloom tomato salad. These little potato treasures are definitely punching above their weight - they're a knockout!
How to make my Punched Potatoes
- 1 kg red potatoes
- Salt & pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil
Paying attention to these potatoes is key. So often, potatoes are just treated as an accidental accompaniment - we need to show some love to get the best from them. This is my top tip!
Heat oven to 180ºC
With a sharp paring knife deeply pierce each potato. Place all the potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle over some olive oil. Toss the potatoes around to cover evenly.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes before turning the potatoes - then, using a paper towel to protect your hands from the heat, firmly press down on each potato with the palm of your hand to flatten them slightly.
Drizzle over 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over each potato and season generously with salt & pepper.
Return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve.
Serve alongside a delicious steak, some BBQ chicken or a grilled fish. But let's get real - they're potatoes - they go with everything!