What’s the secret to crispy potatoes? Smash them! These smashed potatoes are perfectly crispy little morsels, seasoned however you please.
How can you go wrong with smashed potatoes that are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside? The answer is, you can’t go wrong! The best way to serve them is straight off the baking sheet, when they’re piping hot, sprinkled generously with salt. Serve them as a side dish to your favorite meal or as an appetizer with dips like homemade Tartar Sauce, ketchup, or Beer Cheese…oh my!
This smashed potatoes recipe is also easy as pie. Requiring just 3 ingredients, all you need to do is boil the potatoes, smash them, season them, and bake them…that’s it!
How to Make Smashed Potatoes
Full instructions in the recipe card; this is just an outline!
Carefully add potatoes to boiling water, and boil them for 10-15 minutes until just fork tender.
Place on a large, lightly greased baking sheet in a single layer.
Once they are cool enough to touch, use the palm of your hand to smash the potatoes as flat as possible without them completely falling apart.
Brush each potato with olive oil.
Sprinkle seasoning, salt and pepper.
Bake at 450 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Broil them for 2-4 minutes afterward for extra crispy potatoes. Serve.
Tips for Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Boil potatoes until they’re fork tender, but not falling apart, which would make them difficult to smash.
- Use a generous amount of olive oil. Although 1 tablespoon doesn’t seem like a lot, it will seem like more than enough when you brush your potatoes. The oil, however, helps the potatoes to crisp up and adds flavor.
- Bake your potatoes in a single layer for crispy smashed potatoes.
- Season potatoes generously since they are blank canvases on their own!
- Smashing potatoes with your palm, once cool enough to touch, helps the potatoes stay intact better than using the back of a fork.
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How to Serve Smashed Potatoes
Smashed potatoes, just like many other potato recipes, go with so many main dishes. These are also an amazing appetizer! Here are some ideas:
- As an appetizer with dipping sauces like ketchup, BBQ sauce, ranch, blue cheese, Tzatziki, etc.
- With roast chicken or turkey (a holiday favorite!)
- With grilled steaks, Air Fry Pork Chops, or meatloaf
- With seafood like fish or Pan Seared Scallops
- With BBQ favorites like Oven Brisket
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- 2 pounds baby potatoes red, yellow, or mixed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon seasoning of choice see notes below for ideas
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Carefully add potatoes, and boil them for 10-15 minutes until just fork tender but not falling apart.
- Drain the potatoes well.
- Place them on a large, lightly greased baking sheet in a single layer.
- Once they are cool enough to touch, use the palm of your hand to smash the potatoes as flat as possible without them completely falling apart. You can also use the back of a fork but I find that your palm works better!
- Use a basting brush to brush each potato with olive oil, evenly distributing the 1 tablespoon of oil throughout.
- Sprinkle seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Bake at 450℉ for 30-35 minutes until the bottoms are crisp and golden. Broil them for 2-4 minutes after baking for extra crispy potatoes. Serve with more salt and dipping sauces if desired.
- Need simple seasoning ideas? Try using a premade herbed salt, Italian, Cajun, BBQ, ranch, or garlic parmesan seasonings. You can also use herbs, like dried rosemary, thyme, parsley, or a blend like Herbs de Provence.
- Instead of seasoning them with herbs/spices, try using flavored oils like Truffle Oil!
- Don’t worry if potatoes fall apart a bit when smashed! Gently push any loose pieces back together if needed.
- Sprinkle cheese on them with one minute left in the oven.