Miles interrupted my dinner prep one night, saying “Dad, I think you need to make this soon.” He handed me a sheet of paper written on both sides:
The recipe is for Patato [sic] Paradise:
Things you need:
- potato chips
- frozen fries (any kind you want)
- mashed potatoes
- cooking utensils
How to start:
- Turn on the oven to any degree you want
- Mash half of the potatoes (save some leftovers)
- Put in frozen fries (and mashed potatoes) in the oven
- Smash chips
- Wait then serve and enjoy!
For his first attempt, it was a recipe that I could follow knowing his intent. I clearly didn’t have to mash the mashed potatoes again, and the crushed chips were meant to be a garnish once the other potatoes came out of the oven. I was impressed that he realized the fries could go into the mixture frozen, knowing they’d cook with the mashed potatoes. I guessed at an oven temperature of 400 degrees.
About a week after receiving the recipe I made Potato Paradise under Miles’ close supervision. It looked like what you’d expect:
I served, and we enjoyed. The leftover mashed potatoes were a stiff batch, so they crisped up on the sides and bottom of the pan. The fires on top got crispy, those inside the mix didn’t. It tasted good, like a deconstructed tater tot. I’ll probably make it again, without the interior fries – maybe a layer on the bottom of the pan.
I’ve been advised that there are more recipes to come. They’re currently being worked out in the test kitchen in his head.