Crispy Smashed Potatoes: The Perfect Side Dish

Smashed potatoes are a delightful side dish that will soon become a favorite in your kitchen. With their irresistible crispy edges, these potatoes are quick and easy to make. Whether you’re serving them with a juicy steak or enjoying them for breakfast, they are sure to impress.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe!

At our house, potatoes have always held a special place on the table. As the grandson of an Idaho potato farmer, my love for potatoes runs deep. These crispy smashed potatoes have been a staple in our family for years, and we can’t get enough of them.

The best part is that they can be prepped ahead of time, making them a convenient option for any occasion. Simply cover them with plastic wrap and pop them in the oven for 20 minutes when you’re ready to serve. Not only do they make a fantastic side dish for dinner, but they also shine as a delicious breakfast potato.

Ingredients Needed

  • Potatoes: Small red potatoes or Yukon Gold work best, as they result in a crisper texture.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper: Coarse sea salt or French grey salt, along with freshly ground black pepper, will elevate the flavors.
  • Rosemary: You can use dried or fresh herbs, with a ratio of twice as much fresh herbs to dried.
  • Garlic Powder: Alternatively, you can use fresh minced garlic, but garlic powder yields superior results.
  • Parsley: Fresh flat-leaf parsley adds a vibrant garnish to the dish.
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Smashed Potatoes

How to Make Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

  1. Boil the potatoes in a large pot until they are fork tender. They should be soft enough to smash but not completely fall apart.

Boiling Potatoes

  1. Place the cooked potatoes on a large baking sheet coated with olive oil.

  2. Use the bottom of a glass or a potato masher to gently press down on each potato. Aim for a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. You can space the potatoes apart to ensure more crispy edges, or group them together for a fuller pan.

  3. Drizzle or brush olive oil over the top of the potatoes, and sprinkle them with flaky sea salt, rosemary, and garlic powder.

  4. Roast the potatoes in a preheated oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

  1. Garnish with fresh parsley to add a pop of color. Get creative by adding grated Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes for a spicy kick, or a dollop of sour cream for added creaminess and tang.

How to Serve Smashed Potatoes

There are endless possibilities when it comes to serving these crispy smashed potatoes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Garnish with fresh parsley for an extra burst of freshness.
  2. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a cheesy twist.
  3. Add a few flakes of red pepper flakes to bring some heat to the dish.
  4. Drizzle with a little sour cream for a creamy and tangy finish.

Check out more delicious potato recipes:

  • Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
  • Skillet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Sweet Potato Fries

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