Hey guys! Remember Potato Smiles?
So, anyway, I decided that I should just try my hand at cooking them myself. How hard could it be???
I found a bunch of different recipes online but most of them all pretty much said the same thing.
This was the recipe I followed, but I ended up using pretty different quantities to make the batter the right consistency.
Sounds like a lot of flour, right? Well I tried using less and it turned into a sticky mess that I couldn't roll out flat even when I tried.
You're meant to roll the "dough" out between two sheets of baking paper but I truly struggled.
I'd like to point out that I'm actually pretty good at baking and cooking but for some reason I was having a lot of trouble.
Anyway, once you roll it out, that's when you get to cut out potato heads and make some potato faces.
Once you have all your smiles or your tray of old man faces, then it's time to deep-fry them.
I filled up a pan with oil, and heated it up with the lid on. It got hot, so I took the lid off. And it burst into flames.
Except that my kitchen was COVERED in black, oily soot. It was everywhere. I listened to an entire podcast series while cleaning that shit up.
Also it turns out that paint expands when it comes into contact with heat. So my ceiling basically absorbed all the black shit, and even though I got it professionally cleaned, I'm going to have to get it repainted too. Great.
So picture this: I'm standing there in my black kitchen which smells like cheap cooking oil, and I don't even have potato smiles to eat as a consolation prize??????
I decided to rub a little oil on each smile, and bake them in the oven.
I realise that "baked mashed potato" doesn't sound that appetising, but I sure as shit wasn't going to try frying anything again.
FYI, I baked them for about 25 minutes at 180ºC. They didn't taste bad but they didn't taste like the Smiles I remember.
So there you have it. If you ever start a small fire in your kitchen, I hope you think of me and my Potato Smiles, and stay far away from the water.
And hey, McCain? Please bring back Smiles. Please. Look at the lengths we're going to.
(Please don't be mean to me in the comments. I've had a bad week.)