Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
No knife skills required for this no-stress, smashed potato side dish.
Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a paring knife, 15 to 18 minutes; drain.
Smash the potatoes, one at a time, with the back of a metal spatula. Using the spatula, transfer the potatoes to a serving plate and drizzle with the oil. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the Parmesan (about 1/4 cup) over the potatoes then sprinkle with the chives, salt and pepper (6 turns on pepper mill).
Medium saucepan, paring knife, colander, cutting board, metal spatula, measuring spoons, vegetable peeler, scissors