A Panini Press Thanksgiving…Grilled Smashed Potatoes

by on November 10, 2011

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{I’m making an entire Thanksgiving feast on the panini maker! Here’s Part 2 of the series: Grilled Smashed Potatoes.}

It was about four years ago at a Tom Douglas restaurant called Lola, located in the lobby of a Seattle hotel. We’d just checked in for the start of our babymoon. On the server’s recommendation my husband and I ordered the Smashed Garlic Fried Potatoes as an appetizer. Long story short, we came back to the restaurant the very next morning and ordered those darn things again for breakfast and I’ve been making my own version of them at home ever since. They were that good.

I’ve figured out what it is about these simple potatoes that makes them so irresistible: it’s the smashed part. Once the little ball of a boiled potato gets pounded (gently) and its insides break out of the skin it creates all of these surfaces that stand to get crisped up with salt and olive oil in the second tour under the heat. It’s a lot like the English muffin nooks-and-crannies appeal. I just love it.

Grilled Smashed Potatoes

I usually finish my smashed potatoes in the oven, but grilling them on the panini maker works just as well to get nice crispy tops. Especially on Thanksgiving when oven space often comes at a premium, this is great news!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) November 11, 2011 at 5:28 am

This series is so much fun! I love the idea of grilling the potatoes. If you’re having a small group for Thanksgiving dinner, the panini press really can do it all.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog post ..Mashed garlic sweet potatoes recipe


2 Christine November 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm

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3 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Mmm, love those crispy golden parts the best!
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4 Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? November 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

These look so good! Thanks so much for the idea.
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5 Cookin' Canuck November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

You are brilliant, Kathy! I don’t know anyone else who could make an entire Thanksgiving feast on a panini maker. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with.
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6 Rachel @ Bakerita November 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

You’re a genius!
How you think of these things, I have no idea.
Looks so good!!
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7 Mrs. Measurement November 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Yummmm! I can’t wait to try these out with my panini maker.


8 I am LOVD November 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

This is certainly worth a try!!! Thanks for the recipe and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next for Thanksgiving on the Panini.
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9 Nutmeg Nanny November 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I love that you are doing this on the panini maker 🙂 These potatoes look crispy and delicious…yum!


10 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

What a fun way to make potatoes!! So making this. Thanks for the inspiration!
Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet´s last blog post ..Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Apple & Orange


11 vanillasugarblog November 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

how many panini’s do you have?
you should open a “panini food truck!”
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12 Kathy November 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Let’s just say I’d need a whole fleet of trucks to serve my entire panini menu, lol. 🙂 Somewhere around 150!


13 Susie January 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

Can’t wait to try this, but I don’t have a panini maker. How do you finish them off in the oven?


14 Kathy January 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

Hi Susie – if you’re planning to make these potatoes in the oven I’d go ahead and used Ree’s Crash Hot Potatoes recipe on The Pioneer Woman: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes/


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