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desertdog

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SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 11:54 AM (permalink)

What's the deal with restaruants calling mashed potatos, smashed potatos? I was in a place yesterday for lunch, calling them that, I see on today's featured restaurant here on RF they are calling them that, any steak place calls them that now...

Are they prpared differently or what? What was wrong with calling them Mashed?

DD

 
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    Foodbme

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    RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 12:14 PM (permalink)
    DD,
    As I understand it, Smashed potatoes are mashed by hand with a masher. They generally are more course & lumpy with chunks of unmashed or partially mashed potato in the mixture. Mashed potatoes are whipped with a beater or electric mixer thus providing a smoother consistancy to the mixture. Either way, they're good!
     
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      tmiles

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      RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 1:15 PM (permalink)
      I think that the smashed have the skin too. I'm not sure
       
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        Foodbme

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        RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 3:19 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by tmiles

        I think that the smashed have the skin too. I'm not sure


        I've seen them both ways.
         
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          Captain Morgan

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          RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 3:27 PM (permalink)
          smashed can be skin on or not...definately a different
          texture, as noted above, they should be more lumpy, which
          I like.
          Mashed taters are good when done right (i.e. not frozen, dried
          or bought from food services).
           
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            Adjudicator

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            RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 9:49 PM (permalink)
            Smashed, mashed, or even abused; they are all good.
             
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              jimcor

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              RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 10:05 PM (permalink)
              I love 'em mashed, hashed, smashed, fried in slices, battered and deep fried in wedges, frenched. I can even make the instant taste good on a camping trip!
               
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                lleechef

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                RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 10:08 PM (permalink)
                In the mid 90's a bunch of hoity-toity chefs started re-naming our food......concasse suddenly became a petite reduction of heirloom tomatoes, you could make osso buco with lamb, and monkfish towered on the plate, standing up, dripping with sauce. Mashed suddenly became smashed, green beans became haricots verts, there were strange reductions of all kinds.

                Everyone jumped on the bandwagon of "smashed". Which a lot of us had been doing forever since most of us dislike "whipped potatoes". Reminds me of some nasty Thanksgiving buffet where they just PLOP onto your plate. But then more strange concoctions followed: blueberry smashed, lobster smashed, cucumber smashed, etc. Technically I would say they're the lumpy kind of mashed, with or without skins. Still, the only one that ever appealed to me is the garlic variety........or with chives.
                 
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                  UncleVic

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                  RE: SMASHED Potatos? Fri, 07/27/07 10:17 PM (permalink)
                  Smashed and mashed.. same difference.. Just slang talk there.. They're all good...
                   
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                    unabashed

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                    RE: SMASHED Potatos? Sat, 07/28/07 2:19 AM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Foodbme

                    DD,
                    As I understand it, Smashed potatoes are mashed by hand with a masher. They generally are more course & lumpy with chunks of unmashed or partially mashed potato in the mixture. Mashed potatoes are whipped with a beater or electric mixer thus providing a smoother consistancy to the mixture. Either way, they're good!


                    yep but its all good
                     
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                      Big Ugly Mich

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                      RE: SMASHED Potatos? Sat, 07/28/07 3:59 AM (permalink)
                      I may be mistaken, but a smashed potato is baked, then smashed, and a mashed potato is boiled, then mashed. I can't taste any difference
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Captain Morgan Mashed taters are good when done right (i.e. not frozen, dried or bought from food services).
                      Isn't that the truth? The ONLY bad shepherd's pie I ever had was from Kentucky Fried Chicken (surprise, surprise!) because they used their instant mashed sorta~but~not~really potatoes. I've had good instant mashed potatoes, but it's not that hard to mash real potatoes, so I never make them. Assuming I'm right about smashed, I've never made them, but can't tell the difference between them and mashed anyway.
                       
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                        roossy90

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                        RE: SMASHED Potatos? Mon, 07/30/07 10:30 AM (permalink)

                         
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                          Ashphalt

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                          RE: SMASHED Potatos? Mon, 07/30/07 10:38 AM (permalink)
                          I thought "smashed" had to do with how much bourbon you put in the taters.

                          Sheperd's pie from KFC??? Sounds like the premise of a George Romero movie. "More horrifying than Night of the Living Dead... it's Sheperds Pie from KFC!!!"
                           
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                            rouxdog

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                            RE: SMASHED Potatos? Mon, 07/30/07 7:05 PM (permalink)
                            DD,
                            Smashed, mashed or creamed potatoes, means nothing. However, if you're a fan of Food Network's motor mouth Rachel Ray,you call them smashed Taters.
                             
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                              BigDave67

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                              RE: SMASHED Potatos? Thu, 08/9/07 1:33 PM (permalink)
                              I don't like them,I prefer smooth mashed taters!
                               
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                                KOK

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                                RE: SMASHED Potatos? Thu, 08/9/07 1:44 PM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by rouxdog
                                DD,
                                Smashed, mashed or creamed potatoes, means nothing. However, if you're a fan of Food Network's motor mouth Rachel Ray,you call them smashed Taters.
                                At times, I'd like to smash Rachel Ray's face into 'taters'. The I just have some Bourbon afore mentioned by Asphalt, and I laugh at her ridiculous made up yummo-slang.

                                Kevin, user of pooo (plain old olive oil)
                                 
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