It’s official. Smashed potatoes is my favorite accoutrement to almost any protein. Roasted until perfectly crisp on the outside, salty, with a little hint of garlic and herbs, and mushy, moist on the inside. Flavors that make up the almost perfect side dish. It’s like the love child of mashed potatoes and French fries.
But what are the secrets to that P E R F E C T smash? Let me tell you, because it’s real simple.
1. Use small potatoes, and for the love of God, don’t peel them. This perhaps goes without saying, but I’ve seen some disturbing recipes where people peel the potatoes. Don’t, the peel is what keeps the potato together, and it actually significantly adds to the crispiness.
2. Let the potatoes rest a bit after boiling and smashing. This contributes to the crispy surface, as the crust of the potato dries out after the boil.
3. Use butter. I love olive oil, and I actually use a little bit in this smashed potatoes recipe – but BUTTER is the secret to ultra-decadent crispy potatoes. (Don’t OVER-butter the taters though) And yes, if you want to make this vegan – I’ll allow you to stick to all olive oil.
4. Side note, you can play around with almost any herb or spice you like. Smoked paprika? Sure! Thyme? Absolutely! Rosemary? Chives? Black pepper? Hell yeah! Cumin, chili flakes and BBQ rub are other favorites.
OK, let’s get to the recipe.
The Crispiest Smashed PotatoesKalle Bergman
- 1.5 lb Small potatoes
- 2 tbsp salted butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 pinch parsley flakes
- 0.5 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Cook potatoes: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Boil potatoes until soft - about 20 minutes. Drain.
- Smash Potatoes: Gently smash each potato, using a fork or potato masher. Try to keep them in one piece. Let sit for about 10 minutes, to dry out the surface.
- In a separate bowl, mix melted butter, olive oil, salt and garlic powder.
- On a sheet pan, drizzle potatoes with butter mix, and make sure to cover all parts of the potatoes completely. NOTE: Do not over-coat the potatoes, as you don't want them to sit in a bath of butter. This will make them struggle to crisp properly.
- Let the potatoes sit for about 10 minutes so the butter is soaked up before baking.
- Bake for 40-60 minutes until golden and super crispy. Sprinkle with parsley flakes and serve immediately
Kalle Bergman is a food writer and media entrepreneur who is the founder of Honest Cooking. As a food writer, his writing has been regularly featured in publications like Gourmet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Serious Eats. He is obsessed with simple food, more often than not from his native Scandinavia.