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    These baby smashed potatoes may just be the ultimate potato side dish! With their perfectly crispy edges and buttery centers, this is a must make recipe that pairs well with all of your favorite mains.

    garlicky smashed potatoes on a plate

    Whether you are looking for a show-stopping side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or just want to mix up your weeknight meals, these crispy smashed potatoes tick all the right boxes.

    Seasoned with garlic and herbs, this simple potato recipe is sure to please. Smashing the potatoes results in the most delicious crispy edges that no one will be able to get enough of! They taste so delicious – crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

    Be sure to try my Garlic Roasted Potatoes and German Pan Fried Potatoes too!

    Why you will love this smashed potatoes recipe!

    • Easy to make: These roasted smashed potatoes require hardly any effort to make, just boil, smash and roast. Easy peasy!
    • Great for a crowd: This is a perfect side dish option whether you are feeding two or sixteen people. The recipe is easily doubled and trust me, they’ll disappear quickly!
    • Make ahead: This is a great side dish option for any big feast. They can be prepped and cooked ahead of time and are easily reheated.
    smashed potatoes on a black plate

    Ingredients

    • Potatoes: Use small baby potatoes for this recipe. You can also use red potatoes.
    • Butter and oil: Melted butter and oil are brushed on the smashed potatoes to help them crisp up in the oven. You can make them vegan friendly and dairy-free by omitting the butter or by using a plant based alternative.
    • Seasonings and fresh herbs: Sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, and fresh parsley, or chives or green onions to garnish.
    ingredients for smashed potatoes

    How to make smashed potatoes

    • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well.
    • Place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a potato masher or fork, carefully smash the potatoes until flattened but still in one piece. Brush with olive oil and melted butter, and sprinkle garlic, salt, ground black pepper, and thyme over each potato.
    • Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
    • Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley or chives, and serve immediately.
    process images of roasted baby potatoes

    Can you make them ahead of time?

    Yes, these are a great option if you are planning a big feast! You can boil, smash and season the potatoes up to 8 hours before you want to roast them, just keep them covered in the fridge until you are ready. Fully roasted smashed baby potatoes will keep well in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days and can be reheated at 360F for 15 to 20 minutes to serve.

    Do you need to peel the baby potatoes?

    No! No peeling is involved, and in fact, leaving the skin on makes these garlicky smashed potatoes even tastier! Just give them a rinse, then boil them in salted water. The skins of baby potatoes are thin and easy to eat, and they crisp up wonderfully when roasted.

    close up image of smashed baby potatoes

    What do you serve with them?

    These smashed baked potatoes are a great side dish for special occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but they can easily be enjoyed as part of an everyday meal too as they are so effortless to make! You can also top them with your favorite sauce or sour cream. Serve them alongside a salad and:

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips for the Best Smashed Potatoes

    • Boil the potatoes in heavily salted water to add flavor right from the start of cooking.
    • Place the potatoes into cold water and bring them up to boil. If you start them in boiling water they won’t cook through evenly.
    • Make sure that your oven is fully pre-heated when you are ready to roast the smashed potatoes to help them get extra crispy.
    • The potatoes should be flattened but still remain in one piece. A potato masher works best for this method. But you could use a fork or the bottom of a glass.
    crispy smashed potatoes on a plate

    More Side Dish Recipes

    If you liked these crushed potatoes, be sure to check out my other side dish recipes:

    Smashed Potatoes

    These baby smashed potatoes may just be the ultimate potato side dish! With their perfectly crispy edges and buttery centers, this is a must make recipe that pairs well with all of your favorite mains.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 35 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 259kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well.
    • Place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a potato masher or fork, carefully smash the potatoes until flattened but still in one piece. Brush with olive oil and melted butter, and sprinkle garlic, salt, ground black pepper, and thyme over each potato.
    • Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
    • Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley or chives, and serve immediately.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Boil the potatoes in heavily salted water to add flavor right from the start of cooking.
    • Place the potatoes into cold water and bring them up to the boil. If you start them in boiling water they won’t cook through evenly.
    • Make sure that your oven is fully pre-heated when you are ready to roast the potatoes to help them get extra crispy.
    • The potatoes should be flatten, but still remain in one piece. A potato masher works best for this method.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 2195mg | Potassium: 969mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword garlic and herb smashed potatoes, how to make smashed potatoes, oven roasted smashed potatoes
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