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Crash Hot Potatoes….crash and burn!

I’ve been having a pretty good run lately. I guess I was due for a FAIL! In the interest of “keeping it real”…I’m going to share with you a “One NOT SO Good Thing” from my week. Today I attempted to make “Crash Hot Potatoes”…a seemingly “simple” side dish I saw on The Pioneer Woman. I make a LOT of potato side dishes since going gluten-free….so I get pretty excited about new ways to prepare them. This one seemed pretty straight forward….AND delicious looking!

I guess this is one of those cautionary tales against playing “fast and loose” with ingredients in a recipe. 🙂  The recipe called for red potatoes….but I only had russet potatoes.

Here is a side-by-side look at The Pioneer Woman’s potatoes and MY potatoes…..so far, so good! (Pay no attention to her much nicer cookware and cooktop! That’s beside the point here.)

I figured….a potato is a potato….right? Well, yes and no. In this recipe there is apparently a REASON you use RED potatoes.  Because, if you use RUSSET potatoes…..instead of turning out like this……………

your potatoes turn out like this……………

You see…..russet potatoes tend to disintegrate on impact vs. the red potatoes tendency to just sort of squish slightly. And apparently this is a pretty important aspect of this dish.  The squish factor. 🙂

I went ahead and finished the potatoes off in the oven anyway. I figured even if they didn’t LOOK good….it would be hard to make a potato TASTE bad, unless you burned it or something.

The recipe calls for 20-25 minutes in a 450 degree oven to finish them off after boiling and squishing.

Here is what the finished product is supposed to look like…………..

And……well…..mine didn’t look like that. 🙂   I didn’t take a picture because I really didn’t have any intention of sharing this experience.  But then I thought better of it…and figured someone might “learn from my mistake”…and then this “fail” could indeed be “One Good Thing” after all. 🙂

Moral of the story:  Stick to the recipe (or not).  Just be aware there might be consequences when you don’t. 🙂


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