Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe – These smashed potatoes are baked until they are crispy and delicious! Topped with a plenty of garlic to make them the perfect side dish for any night of the week.
When I was growing up, I wasn’t a huge fan of potatoes. Most of the time when we had potatoes it was boiled potatoes that were served with gravy. Given I am not a huge fan of gravy, that meant I was eating just plain boiled potatoes. Not exactly anything to write home about! I have always loved French fries though, and as it turns out I just don’t like plain potatoes. Crispy potatoes, seasoned potatoes and other kinds are actually tasty!
These Oven Roasted Potato Wedges are both crispy and coated in spices, so they show up regularly on our dinner menu. And today I am here with another favorite that are super easy and everyone goes crazy for.
Whats the Difference Between Mashed Potatoes and Smashed Potatoes
Smashed potatoes are small round potatoes that are boiled until just tender, and then you smash them slightly. They are then baked until crispy. The inside says light and fluffy like baked potatoes traditionally are, but the outside gets this delicious crispy coating. Mashed potatoes are boiled until tender and then mashed until smooth. Usually you mix in butter and milk or cream to make them smooth and delicious. I make this Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole that is an over the top version of mashed potatoes that is always a huge hit.
How to Top Smashed Potatoes
You really can mix up how you top these. I am going very simple with these, just a little salt, pepper, butter and garlic. But you can use your favorite herbs and even cheese. There are so many different ways you can mix it up. Herbs de Provence is one of my favorite seasonings for potatoes, and that would be great to mix with the butter to pour over the potatoes. Adding a little bit of cheese to melt at the very end of baking makes that over the top tasty as well.
How Do You Smash Potatoes
Once the potatoes are boiled and tender you want to make sure they are drained well and dry. Then you can use a fork, potato masher, or even the bottom of a measuring cup or glass to gently press down and smash the potatoes. You want them to keep their round shape, so you are just cracking the skin and pressing down gently.
How To Make Smashed Potatoes
- Pick Your Potatoes – You want to use small round potatoes for this recipe. I like baby red potatoes because I think the skin gives them more flavor. But little baby yellow potatoes will work just as well.
- Boil Potatoes – After you clean the potatoes boil them until they are soft and tender. It should take about 20 minutes, but that depends a little bit on the size. If they are slightly larger, it may take up to 25 minutes. After they are cooked you want to make sure you drain them well so they can crisp up in the oven.
- Smash – Once the potatoes are dry place them on a baking sheet and gently press down to smash them. I like to use a potato masher because it gives little groves for the butter to melt into the potatoes and make them extra crispy!
- Bake – The potatoes go in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes until they are starting to get crispy. The potatoes are cooked, so you just need to get them ultra crispy and delicious!
What to Serve Smashed Potatoes With
You really can serve these with just about anything, but here are a few of my favorites.
- Best Meatloaf
- Honey Dijon Chicken
- Smothered Pork Chops
- Sous Vide Chicken Breasts
- Oven Baked Pork Chops
- Hamburger Steaks
Even More Potato Recipes
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Best Potato Salad
- Baked Potato Casserole
- Loaded Baked Potatoes
- 1.5 pounds baby red or yellow potatoes
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and Pepper
- Drizzle of Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and potatoes. Cook for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are just fork tender. If they are bigger, they may take longer. Drain well
- Arrange potatoes on a lined baking sheet. Use a potato masher, fork, or bottom of a measuring cup to gently press down on the potatoes. Be careful not to completely smash them.
- Combine butter and garlic together and brush over the potatoes. Sprinkle each potato with a little bit of salt and pepper.
- Drizzle just a little bit of olive oil over the potatoes. Bake for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are crispy.
Amount Per ServingCalories 216Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 23mgSodium 154mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 3g
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