Smashed Potatoes

These Smashed Potatoes with creamy centers, crispy outsides, and a sprinkling of salty Parmesan cheese are SO delicious! Serve as an appetizer with a dipping sauce or enjoy along side any meal. Everyone loves these crispy little potatoes!

Smashed Potatoes are the PERFECT appetizer, side dish, or snack. They are fun and easy to make and do I dare say that they are better than French fries?

Start with small potatoes and then boil, smash, drizzle with olive oil and butter, and bake! Finish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chives for extra flavor.

The potatoes are buttery, creamy in the center, and super crispy on the outside. Kids and adults devour these potatoes. Serve plain or with your favorite dipping sauce.


You only need 3 ingredients to make smashed potatoes. I also like to add Parmesan cheese and herbs, so 5 ingredients at the most! They are SO easy!

  • 1 1/2 lb small yellow or red potatoes (scrubbed well)
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 2 tbl melted butter
  • salt & pepper
  • optional toppings: freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chives


  1. Add potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Season generously with salt (about 1 tablespoon) and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium heat and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Larger potatoes might take a little longer. Drain the potatoes and let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Brush a large baking sheet evenly with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Place potatoes on the greased baking sheet. Use the bottom of a jar or glass, a fork, or a potato masher to gently press down on the potatoes until they are smashed, but still in one piece. You want them to hold together, the potatoes should be about 1/2-inch thick.
  4. Drizzle or brush the potatoes evenly with olive oil and melted butter. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy. You don’t need to flip the potatoes. Serve warm with Parmesan cheese and chives, if desired.

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