Smashed potatoes are a type of potato dish that involves boiling or roasting potatoes until they are tender, then mashing or partially mashing them. Unlike traditional mashed potatoes, smashed potatoes are not typically whipped or beaten until completely smooth, but rather left with some texture and chunks of potato.
The partially mashed potatoes are often mixed with butter, salt, pepper, and other seasonings to enhance the flavor. Some recipes also call for adding cheese, herbs, or garlic to the mix. Smashed potatoes are often served as a side dish, and they can be a tasty and simple alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.
2 lbs. baby potatoes
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley or chives), for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Wash the baby potatoes and place them in a pot of salted water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes for 10-15 minutes, or until they are tender but not falling apart.
- Drain the potatoes and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Use a potato masher or a fork to gently press down on each potato, smashing them slightly.
- Drizzle the olive oil and minced garlic over the smashed potatoes, then season with salt and pepper.
- Roast the potatoes in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and add the butter to the pan, tossing the potatoes until they are coated in the melted butter.
- Serve the smashed potatoes hot, garnished with chopped herbs if desired.