Smashed Potatoes with Greek Yogurt and Spring Onions

  • 2 pounds small, thin-skinned potatoes (15 to 20), scrubbed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch spring onions (about 6), thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • Salt
  • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Put the potatoes and bay leaf into a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a simmer. Cook over medium-high heat until fork-tender, 35 to 40 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a simmer the water should not boil. Reserve 1 cup of the potato water; drain the potatoes well, and return them to the saucepan.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the spring onions; add the remaining spring onions, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the scallions are tender, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, and whisk in 3/4 cup of the yoghurt.

Add the yoghurt mixture, 1/2 cup of the reserved potato water, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the hot potatoes. Mash with a potato masher until mostly smooth (a few chunks are fine). Stir in additional potato water if you want creamier potatoes. Transfer to a serving dish, dollop the remaining Greek yogurt on top and garnish with the reserved spring onions.

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