Just like the small market I went to in Ireland on the first day of arrival, these Piri Piri Potatoes are a classic African + Portuguese side dish to serve with any meal! I remember just like it was yesterday how different everything was and how the potatoes covered in Piri Piri Spice were a Godsend to us during our Irish adventure. If you want to read more about our experience shopping at an Irish market, head on over to the Piri Piri Spice post. PLUS, that is where the recipe for the almighty seasoning is at.
As these cook on the stove, I am reminded of the ambiance of the Irish kitchen I once baked Piri Piri Potatoes in. We rented a room at the coolest Airbnb. It was private yet had the local flavor we longed for. My wife and I love to travel and not just stay somewhere that feels like nowhere. We like to feel like we are out of our element. It's the "make our skin tougher" kind of experiences that keep us going worldwide for more.
I know a lot of people are anti-potato but not all potatoes are created equal. If you mash 'em up with a ton of added junkies, you might be looking at some additional and unforeseen caloric intake. I mean, I saw it coming from a mile away though. That is why I knew I had to remake this dish from our backpacking trip in Europe.
Piri Piri Potatoes are the type of side dish that can be made in a jiffy, don't have crazy added nonsense that you may not have at home or even bloat you up. With one or two of these smashed potatoes, you have a great starch added to your meals. I love to add these to a breakfast plate or to my lunch meal preps. I would say that it's a little heavy for dinner, BUT; if you have been kicking ass in your workouts, do it.
Piri Piri Potatoes
Just like the small market I went to in Ireland, these Piri Piri Potatoes are a classic African + Portuguese side dish to serve with any meal!
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Fill a pot with water. Set to boil.
Using a fork, pop some holes in your red potatoes. Set aside.
If not yet, prepare your Piri Piri Spice.
Once the water is boiling, add in potatoes. Boil for 30 minutes. Drain water.
Grease large pan with butter. Add potatoes. Using a large spatula, press down on each potato. Generously coat all potatoes in Piri Piri Spice. Cook on medium while turning the potatoes every few minutes. Sprinkle with salt.
Remove from heat when lightly crispy and browned. Allow to cool.