Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Have I told you recently how much I love potatoes? How I can’t possibly live without them? A lot of food goes into that category: bacon, apples, chocolate, sour patch kids (totally a food), ice cream and cranberries. I could continue but don’t want to bore you, or scare you away.

A while back I remember seeing smashed potatoes on Pinterest (P.S. you can follow me here). I rarely have red potatoes in the house but happened to have some leftover from another recipe made not too long ago. Before they went bad they clearly needed to be used, or just eaten happily. I chose this as the perfect time and opportunity to make a tasty new potato dish. New to me anyway.

Have you ever had roasted smashed potatoes? They’re pretty amazing and simple to make. They take around an hour to make which seems like a long time but you probably won’t just be eating these as a snack. You’ll likely have them with a meal of some sort. So while you’re whipping everything else up you can have these boiling and baking away. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying these babies. They’re crisp on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside. A sprinkling of ground pepper and red pepper flakes give them an added kick, which you can leave out if you’re not a fan.

Eat these over a bed of mixed greens and call it a potato salad… or not, whatever. Because you see… I’m not a fan of potato salad. Add mayo to the same grouping as tomatoes for me. Find me a really delicious potato salad that doesn’t require mayo and I’ll try it. I mean seriously delicious. Potatoes aren’t meant to be eaten cold!

Tangent over…

These would be just as tasty eaten with breakfast. I completely condone eating these dunked in ketchup.

Yes, I eat ketchup. It’s the only tomato related item you’ll catch me eating. Ever.

Now go make these.

Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potatoes
Servings: 6


  • 12 Baby red potatoes
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper optional
  • Red pepper flakes optional


  • In a large saucepan, place potatoes in a single layer covered with 1" of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cooking for a total of 30 minutes. Potatoes are done when they can easily be pierced with a knife or fork but not fall apart.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove potatoes from heat. Using a slotted spoon, drain one potato. Transfer to a clean kitchen towel. Fold towel over and press down firmly to 'smash' the potato. Transfer to your prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining potatoes.
  • Drizzle olive oil over potatoes. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 tsp salt and optional sprinklings of ground pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping carefully half way through.
  • Serve immediately.


Recipe source: Fine Cooking
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19 Responses to “Roasted Smashed Potatoes”

  1. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This is a fun recipe! I will need to remember this one! I’m not a mayo person but I do love a good potato salad.

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    Aninas Recipes — June 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Great idea with potatoes. Me too are a sucker for a crispy baked potato, fluffy on the inside and drenched in ketchup!!! Love it!

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    Tracey — June 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Haha, your hatred of tomatoes cracks me up! My husband won’t eat them either, nor will he eat ketchup but he does like tomato sauce. Roasted smashed potatoes are a favorite here, completely addictive!

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — June 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Yum! Potatoes are one of my favorite food groups too! And ketchup is a perfectly acceptable exception to the tomato hatred. It’s pretty much the only condiment I’ll eat. Everything else (mayo, mustard, pickles) is disgusting.

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    Stephanie — June 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Seems so easy to make! I’ll have to try this one day.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I have never seen anything like this before! I kind of want to try this out now with the abundance of little white ones I have from the CSA. I’ll refrain from adding rosemary this time so no one confuses me with growing illegal substances in my house. ;)

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    Tonette — June 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    You’ve never had warm potato salad?!! A MUST for a bacon lover and mayo hater. That’s right, Bacon, a simple warm bacon vinaigarette and some perfectly cooked potatoes make a great Warm Potato Salad.

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — June 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I’m with you – potatoes rock!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve always seen recipes for smashed potatoes but have never tried them! I don’t know why, they’re so simple and people rave about them. Maybe I’ll finally give this one a go!

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    Cassie — June 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I have made a similar recipe before and we adore them. Although, I will eat potatoes in any way, shape or form!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of smashed potatoes before but I love the idea of it and how crispy they come out! I could totally have a pan full of these potato discs..I’m a HUGE fan of potatoes and their starchy goodness!

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I’m like you, I adore potatoes too. I often make them for my husband along with something else and I’ll just the potatoes. These will definitely be a hit in our house. I eager to give these a try!

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    Carla @ Carla's Confections — June 19, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Those look like a lot of fun to make and especially to eat :) you are really funny too Rachel!

  14. #
    Paula — June 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Love how crispy your potatoes came out! I’m neither a potato salad fan nor a mayo fan but I know I would enjoy these on my plate.

  15. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    So pretty! I tried these once but mine fell apart when I smashed them. I guess I should give this recipe a try.

  16. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I need to try these! They have been on my list for awhile, just haven’t done it!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I love smashed potatoes and yours look perfect, Rachel! I would serve them with salsa, sour cream or hot sauce. Delish side dish recipe!

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    Rachel Cooks — June 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Love these! Pregnant me could eat these daily.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 21, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Smashed potatoes is one of my favorite side dishes! I haven’t made them in a while though so I should make them soon! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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