Patrick’s Smashed Potatoes

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This post continues a series of posts I have done featuring recipes from characters from my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I. Patrick Franklin, along with his twin brother Michael, is a secondary, but important, character in this book. He is a retired Marine Corps Officer who fought in the first battle of Fallujah in 2004 in the Iraqi War. He is the protagonist’s—Roosevelt Theodore Franklin—nephew and a strong supporting element in the story.

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Like his uncle, Patrick prefers rustic and basic meals to that of haute cuisine. One of his favorite is what he calls smashed potatoes.

The recipe: (intended to feed 8-10 people at a large meal)
5 pounds of red potatoes
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
fresh paprika
fresh dill
fresh black pepper
coarse sea salt

*Rinse, clean, but do not peel the potatoes. Cut away any bad spots.
*Cut the potatoes into small irregular pieces.
*Boil in dutch oven until fork tender.
*Drain and rinse potatoes.
*Place in mixing bowl.
*Add the rest of the ingredients.
*Using a hand masher, not a mixer—Patrick says too much air is incorporated, which makes the potatoes look pretty, but they lose some flavor. He is not a believer in the phrase “we eat first with our eyes.” Like his uncle, he believes we first notice smell, then we taste the food. Its appearance is irrelevant. Mix with the hand masher until blended together and serve hot. If desired, serve with gravy.

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Enjoy!!

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27 thoughts on “Patrick’s Smashed Potatoes

  1. Thank you! I am having the YA novel read by beta readers and a professional now, and I am certain more drafts will be needed. I will be pitching Evil Lives After at the Writer’s Digest Conference at the end of the month. We will see. Hopefully, at some point, they will be published.

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  2. It’s a great day. I’ve never used heavy whipping cream in mashed potatoes and I didn’t know that mixing them with a mixer would cause some of the flavor to go away. Any day I learn something new is a great day. Thanks.

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  3. My dad always called mashed potatoes “smashed potatoes” and I still refer to them that way sometimes. Funny to see your post title. I enjoyed this blog a lot. These twin brothers sound like interesting characters. Thanks for the recipe.

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