Pre-School Cooking: Knife Skills Sample

Advanced Knife Skills

Start by watching the video with your child.

Then, explore different vegetables and fruits when you are cutting with your kids. Good choices are strawberries, cooked sweet potatoes that are cool, ripe melons with the rind removed, or bananas.

Finally, make the recipe together.

Most importantly: HAVE FUN.


Smashed potatoes

Makes 6 servings


  • 6 medium sized, red skinned potatoes scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil


  1. Place potatoes in a sauce pan and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer.
  3. Let cook until the potatoes are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork, about twenty minutes.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain the water.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or a silpat.
  6. Place the potatoes on the sheet pan and smash with the bottom of a drinking glass.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with olive oil.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes.

Original recipe by Karrie Heneman, Family Meals First

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