Alex Province and his spouse Matthew Bennett, like the rest of us, often rely on Ina Garten’s books and watch her television show with keen interest. Matt follows her instructions to the letter, and Alex uses her recipes as a guide, tossing in whatever strikes him at the moment. We knew we had to ask Alex to somehow convince busy Matt to whip up Ina’s Parmesan chive smashed potatoes on a weeknight.
We held our breath, but sure enough, Alex came marching in with a, well, to be candid, a small tray of crisped red potatoes, cheese melted on top, and scattered with green chives. Were they good! But when I scanned the horizon for an extra serving, Alex looked slightly sheepish; that’s when I realized what the guys had for dinner the night before. They were even fantastic 24 hours later and reheated—something of a miracle. These would work well for the upcoming holidays, and like everything in Ina’s new book, Make It Ahead, you’ll have time to sit back and enjoy your company, unless you find the food too irresistible before it gets to the table. That can happen.