By Rachel Willen, foodfixkitchen.com
A simple preparation that yields a mouth wateringly tender potato with a crispy shell. Just as satisfying as mashed potatoes, but without all the butter and cream.
16-20 small red potatoes (2-inches in diameter)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Wash the potatoes thoroughly, lightly scrubbing with a sponge or vegetable brush because you will be eating the skin. Place the washed potatoes in a medium saucepan and add enough cold water to cover them by an extra two inches. Bring to a boil then turn down to a gentle boil and cook for 10-12 minutes or until they are tender, but not too soft, when pierced with a toothpick. You don't want to test them with a fork because they may break apart. Use a toothpick, skewer or cake tester. The potato is done when the item inserted goes in easily and slides out easily.
Drain the potatoes. Take one potato at a time, place it on a flat surface and gently smash or crush it down with your palm, not enough to flatten it completely, but enough to crack the skin in several places and create an thick "disk" of a potato. Again, don't smash it so that it will fall apart, you want it to maintain it's integrity so you can pick it up whole. Repeat with all the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a cast iron, or other heavy skillet over a medium-high flame. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil and 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or enough of both oils to cover the bottom of the pan with about