Portuguese "Punched" Potatoes (Batatas a Murro)

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This lovely sounding recipe caught my eye and has been posted here for play in CQ3 - Azores. I found this recipe at portuguesediner.com/...atas-ao-murro

If you love garlic, you’ll love this recipe for “Portuguese Garlicky Punched Potatoes”.


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15 Min
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2 pounds small russet or idaho potatoes
1 teaspoon sea or regular salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 or 3 large cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 cup of olive oil

How to Make Portuguese "Punched" Potatoes (Batatas a Murro)


  • 1Wash and scrub the potatoes. Remove any blemishes and pat dry.
  • 2Pierce with a fork in a couple of spots.
  • 3Coat with sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Gently rub the oil into the potatoes and place in small oven proof dish or pan.
  • 4Use an oven to table dish for easy serving. Cook at 400 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your oven.
  • 5Note: (You can also boil the potatoes in salted water, with the skin on for about 30-45 minutes. Pierce with a fork to check how tender they are.)
  • 6Meanwhile, make garlic oil:

    In a small saucepan heat the oil and add the garlic. Cook on low for a few minutes until the garlic turns slightly golden.

    Do not overcook or the garlic will become bitter!
  • 7To test the potatoes, pierce them with a fork or gently squeeze a potato holding your oven mitt.

    The potato should be soft.
  • 8When the potatoes are ready, punch them down with your fist wrapped in a clean dish towel. or with a meat mallet until they “POP” open.

    *Note: The potatoes are hot – be careful!
  • 9When ready to serve, pour the garlic olive oil over the potatoes and sprinkle on fresh cracked black pepper as desired.
  • 10Place in the oven on low until ready to serve or re-heat the next day! Enjoy!

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About Portuguese "Punched" Potatoes (Batatas a Murro)

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Portugese

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