Roasted Smashed Potatoes


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Roasted Smashed Potatoes are one of the easiest and tastiest side dishes. Baby potatoes are boiled just until tender, gently smashed flat and baked until crisp and golden.

There’s little prep involved in this simple recipe, just roast and serve alongside an easy grilled chicken breast and some bacon wrapped asparagus.

Rosemary smashed potatoes on a baking tray garnished with chives.

What are Smashed Potatoes?

Smashed potatoes are not to be confused with mashed potatoes.  They are whole boiled potatoes which are flattened with the heel of your hand (or a glass), drizzled with olive oi, seasoned and baked. The edges become perfectly crisp in the oven, while the center stays fluffy and tender. The result is simply scrumptious!

How to Make Smashed Potatoes

Roasted smashed potatoes in oven are so simple to prepare. For best results, use new or baby potatoes, either white or red-skinned.

  1. Boil the whole, unpeeled potatoes just until soft. Drain and cool.
  2. With the heel of your hand or a sturdy glass, smash each potato just enough to break the skin.
  3. Generously brush/drizzle with olive oil and bake until the skins and edges are crispy.

Cooked baby potatoes being flattened with a glass.

Seasonings

The second half of this recipe is cooked at a very high temperature so it’s important to ensure your seasonings/spices don’t burn. I use mainly salt & pepper with olive oil and a bit of dried rosemary.

Garlic burns at a high temperature so if using garlic, I would suggest brushing with garlic butter for a few minutes at the end or using garlic powder in place of fresh garlic.

What to Serve with Smashed Potatoes

This is a side dish that tastes fabulous with roasted or barbecued meat and needs no gravy. In fact, it’s better without! Serve crispy smashed potatoes with meatloaf, grilled pork chops, BBQ ribs, slow cooker pulled pork, or crispy baked chicken legs.

You can enhance the flavor even more with an array of tasty toppings.

  • Bold: bacon bits, sharp cheddar, parmesan cheese, green onion, garlic butter
  • Creamy: sour cream, melted butter
  • Herbs: chopped chives or parsley, roasted pine nuts

close up of rosemary smashed potatoes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

How to Freeze Smashed Potatoes

You can make smashed potatoes in advance by freezing. Just place them in freezer containers after smashing and oiling. Then thaw before popping in the oven. Once baked, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Oven Roasted Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Fresh chives and bacon bits makes this side look elegant although it’s VERY simple to prepare! This recipe can be made ahead of time and just roasted prior to serving!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs baby potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
Toppings
  • sour cream
  • chives
  • bacon bits

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450˚F. Line a large baking pan with foil.

  2. Wash potatoes and boil on high for 12-15 minutes or just until slightly tender. Drain and cool slightly.

  3. Smash to 1/2" thickness using the heel of your hand or a glass. (You can store smashed potatoes covered in the fridge for up to 2 days... and continue with the recipe prior to serving).

  4. Line a pan with foil. Very generously brush each potato with olive oil. Slightly crush the rosemary. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper.

  5. Roast potatoes in the oven 30-40 minutes, flipping after 20 minutes or until browned and crispy.

  6. Serve with toppings as desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information does not include optional toppings. 
Nutrition Information
Calories: 198, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 637mg, Carbohydrates: 27g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 10%, Vitamin C: 29.8%, Calcium: 18%, Iron: 1.2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Rosemary smashed potatoes on a baking tray garnished with chives.
Rosemary smashed potatoes on a baking tray garnished with chives.
Top photo - Rosemary smashed potatoes on a baking tray garnished with chives. Bottom photo - Cooked baby potatoes being flattened with a glass.

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