Crispy Smashed Potatoes are a fun twist on your normal potatoes recipe. Smashed Potatoes are the perfect side dish, they are crispy on the outside but that perfectly smooth and fluffy inside that you love about potatoes. The best part of this recipe is it uses basic ingredients that together make a delicious side dish!
Smashed Potatoes Recipe
This smashed potatoes recipe has become my new go to recipe when making potatoes. It really is the perfect small potato recipe that everyone loves! Plus you can’t beat how easy it is to make this quick potato recipe. Recently these easy smashed potatoes are my go to when I need an easy potato side dish recipe. Everyone in my house loves french fries, but they are not really a healthy side dish so this is one of my favorite delicious side dish recipes to make that remind us of fries but are so much better.
Now if you are like me then you think that tiny potatoes are oh so cute, they are, and I may be the one in the kitchen to go “awww, so cute” cooking them. In all honesty here anything in tiny form is totally cute. I have a thing for tiny veggies, they just seem to look perfect on a platter or a plate when being served.
If you are looking for quick potato recipes, this is it! These smashed potatoes are done in just 40 minutes! Perfect timing to get the rest of your meal cooked and they pair well with many healthy recipes that you can have a tasty, healthy dinner the whole family will love. Be sure you check out some of our main dish favorites too for more easy recipes.
Easy Potato Recipes
- Hasselback potatoes
- Chicken and potato casserole
- Garlic Parmesan potato chips
- Salt and pepper potato chips
- Homemade mashed potatoes
What are smashed potatoes?
Smashed potatoes are a simple way to cook baby potatoes. Cook the potatoes in boiling water and then place them on a baking sheet and smash them, add spices, and then bake in the oven. This process gives you crispy edges and crispy outside with tender and soft potato insides. My whole family loves it when I make this crispy smashed potato recipe and I love it because it pairs so well with many easy recipes that I make for dinner on a regular basis.
What are the best potatoes for smashed potatoes?
You can use any type of potatoes, I personally like to use the small, baby potatoes as they cook quicker when boiling and baking them. You can make smashed potatoes with white or red potatoes or even use the other colored potatoes. They will come out the same and really if you are wanting to get fancy use the colored ones.
The only important thing is that you use little potatoes, you can use the larger potatoes but I don’t really suggest it as the cook time is going to be much longer. The best ones to use are the golf ball sized potatoes, these are going to get you the best crispy potatoes that are soft on the inside. My favorite ones to use are baby yukon gold potatoes.
Tips for Making this recipe
If your smashed potatoes start sticking to your bottom of your glass just take a paper towel and clean the glass off to stop the sticking while you are smashing your potatoes.
Use a large baking sheet. It is easiest to make these when you can put them all on one baking sheet.
Use parchment paper. For best results line the baking sheet with parchment paper and place the potatoes on it before smashing.
Use a glass instead of a potato smasher. While there is the nifty kitchen gadget called a potato smasher, you do not need to go out and buy one, the bottom of a glass will work just fine.
Variations of this recipe
Add more seasoning. When you are making this easy crispy potato recipe you can change things up by adding a sprinkle of garlic powder or onion powder before baking. Thyme, rosemary are a great addition, but you can add a sprinkle of fresh herbs that you love to make them your own favorite flavors.
Wanting cheesy potatoes? Sprinkle parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese on top for the last 5 minutes of baking time.
Add bacon. Cook some bacon in a skillet and then crumble the bacon and top the mashed potatoes with the bacon before adding to the oven.
What To Serve with Smashed Potatoes
Just about any main dish with meat goes well with potatoes but there are a few of our go to main dishes that we like to have potatoes with. If you are looking for some main dish recipes that we love, check out some of our favorites.
- Ham Steaks
- Pork Meatloaf
- Grilled Steaks With Blue Cheese Butter
- Tuna Cakes
- One Pan chicken and veggies
- Cheddar ranch chicken
- Steak Kabobs
- Pork chops
When I make potatoes as a side dish I like to balance things out and have veggies as our other sides. There are times I will make baked mac and cheese, but that is not often as I prefer to have a balance of starch and veggies.
- Cheesy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
- Parmesan Asparagus
- Whole Roasted Cauliflower
- Green beans with bacon
- Oven roasted carrots
Toppings for Smashed Potatoes
While these crispy smashed potatoes are perfect on their own you can add toppings to make them even better, our favorites are adding a small amount of sour cream and some green onions on top. Sometimes my kids also like to add bacon and cheese on top. You can also add fresh garlic or other seasonings before baking them in the oven.
How to store leftovers
Allow the potatoes to cool completely and store in an air tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Smashed Potatoes Ingredients
- small potatoes
- olive oil
- black pepper
How to Make Smashed Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place the potatoes in a large pot and place the potatoes into it.
Add water to cover the potatoes, be sure to fill it with enough water so the water is covering the potatoes with an extra inch of water.
Bring the potatoes to a gentle boil and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
Drain potatoes from the water and transfer potatoes onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Spread them out on the prepared baking sheet so they are not touching. Using the bottom of a glass press down on each potato to smash them.
Brush each potato with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can also add other toppings like cooked bacon and cheese at this point as well.
Place the pan into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove the roasted potatoes from the oven and serve with your favorite meal.
Easy Side Dish Recipes
- Lemon Roasted Asparagus
- Oven Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- Parmesan Garlic Sweet Potato Fries
- Microwave Sweet Potato
- Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Cornbread Casserole
Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Place the potatoes in a pot and cover fill it with water so the water is covering the potatoes with an extra inch of water.
- Bring the potatoes to a gentle boil and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Drain the water from the pot and place the potatoes onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Spread them out so they are not touching. Using the bottom of a glass press down on each potato to smash them.
- Brush each potato with olive oil.
- Place the pan into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
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