Baked, Smashed Potatoes

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1. Set the potatoes in a pot, and cover with salted water. Bring this to a boil, then simmer, until you can stick a knife or a fork in the largest potatoe, and it both goes in, and comes out easily. Turn off the heat and drain the water.

2. Melt the butter in a microwave, and set aside.

3. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place the potatoes on it. Slit the skin on top of each potato, and pull it away a little bit. Gently press down with a potato masher, leaving the smashed potatoes about 1/2" thick.

4. Drizzle with about 1/2 of the melted butter then dust with salt, pepper, and Butt Kickin' Blacken.

You can prepare the potatoes this way, 2 hours or so before you'll be serving them.

5. When it's time to cook, Pre-Heat the oven to 350 degrees, then place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or so, based on how thick the potatoes are done. I you'd like the potato skins a little crispy, you can set the oven to 425 degrees.

6. Carefully remove from the pan with a spatula, and set on a plate or platter, and drizzle with a little more butter.

7. If you want to use the cheese, you could place a small pile of it on the potatoes prior to baking them.

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