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Smashed Potatoes (Extra Crispy!)

5 from 11 reviews

These Smashed Potatoes use only a handful of simple ingredients for a healthy side dish.  Learn the secrets to making them extra crispy and flavorful in less than 30 minutes. Pairs well with any protein. 


  • 12 whole red potatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic powder to taste
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • optional: chopped chives or chopped bacon for garnish
  • other: table salt for boiling water


  1. Boil Potatoes: Fill a large, heavy pot two-thirds full of water. Generously sprinkle table salt into water, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook just until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Don’t overcook them. Remove potatoes and drain.
  2. Prepare: Preheat oven to 450, with rack on upper middle position.
  3. Oil: Cover a large baking pan with foil. Brush foil with plenty of olive oil (be generous, as this prevents sticking.)
  4. Smash: When potatoes have cooled enough to handle, gently press down each potato with a potato masher until they are about 1/2 inch thick. Lay smashed potatoes on prepared pan. Generously brush tops with olive oil, and don’t be shy here!
  5. Garnish: Sprinkle tops generously with kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chives/bacon if you are using. Don’t be afraid to use enough salt.
  6. Cook: Bake 20-25 minutes, or just until nicely browned and sizzling!
  7. Serve: Eat while they’re hot.


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  • Category: side dish