Ah, the potato. That versatile root veggie can pretty much morph into anything we want it to. Crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside? Bring on those fries. Whipped and wonderful, waiting to hold a pool of melted butter? Make ’em mashed. Diced and tossed with veggies and a tangy mustard dressing? Send over that salad. By now, you probably think you’ve had good ol’ potatoes made every which way, but I’m here to tell you, until you’ve met the fluffy-crispy combo of these Crispy Smashed Herbed Potatoes, your potato prowess has not yet been fully realized.
And what’s better than the irresistible texture and wallop of flavor of these little flattened potatoes? The fact that they’re so incredibly easy to make—meaning they’re your new go-to side whether you’re hosting Sunday dinner or just trying to get dinner on the table at a reasonable hour on a busy weekday.
How to Make It
It starts with small red potatoes. Just boil water, drop ’em in, then reduce the heat and let them cook in the water for about 15-20 minutes. When they’re done, drop them whole on an oiled sheet pan, then smash them ever so slightly with a potato masher (you want them to stay whole, but just be a little bit smooshed so they break open a bit). Brush a little delicious melted butter over top, sprinkle with some salt and pepper, then let them roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes. They’ll come out sizzling and golden brown, and just waiting to be topped with some minced fresh chives and parsley.
Dress ‘Em Up
The simple recipe for these crispy smashed potatoes makes them enticing enough, but they’re so versatile, it’s easy to dress ’em up to your taste. They’d be amazing with some shredded cheddar melted on top, and even with a sprinkle of crispy chopped bacon. Just as there are seemingly endless ways to cook potatoes, there are so many options for jazzing up this side dish you’ll come back to again and again. Then again, they’re so delicious on their own, no one would blame you if you serve them up all simple and lovely as they are every time.
Looking for more? Check out this recipe collection for 80 Recipes for Serious Potato Lovers.