Crispy Smashed Potatoes are one of the most delicious side dishes to make! With simple ingredients and step by step instructions, this will be the side dish that you make again and again!
Skin on Roast Potatoes, Mashed Peas, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Baked Stuffed Mushrooms are side dishes to get familiar with. Whether or not your are having chicken for dinner or preparing for a festive Christmas menu, vegetable side dishes will deliver!
What to serve crispy smashed potatoes with
Crispy Smashed Potatoes are versatile and easy. Paired with chicken, they taste AMAZING and would be great to accompany these Honey Soy Chicken Wings.
You can also try them with these recipes:
- Honey Garlic Chicken Wings (using ginger beer)
- Honey Soy Chicken Wings (family favourite recipe)
- Chili Lime Chicken Wings (oven baked recipe)
- Honey Mustard Chicken Wings (also done in the slow cooker)
Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes
In Australia, there is a children's entertainment group called The Wiggles. They have bright clothes and sing songs that children love and are a household name. One of their top songs is called 'Hot Potatoes'. It is a super catchy tune, that starts with them singing, 'hot potato, hot potato.... with some pretty cool dance moves and lyrics', they then move into 'cold spaghetti and mashed banana'.
Whilst I admit that the last 2 don't quite appeal to me or make me drool, the 'hot potato, hot potato', not only appeals to be it makes me wish they would include, 'baked potato, baked potato, mashed potato, mashed potato, smashed potato, smashed potato and many many more like garlic smashed potato too!'.
How to make crispy smashed potatoes
Crispy Smashed Potatoes are made by boiling them and then smashing them with a potato masher.
They are a lot thicker and chunkier than smooth mashed potatoes and take less time to make.
For recipe inspiration I was having a scroll through Pinterest recently and I saw an image for Smashed Brussels Sprouts. Immediately I knew, I wanted to smash my potatoes and so I went about doing just that.
How long to boil potatoes for
It will take between 15 - 20 mins to boil our potatoes.
To speed up this process, put the lid on the saucepan when you are boiling the water initially or a trick I like to use is to boil the kettle and then pour that water into my saucepan.
Making smashed potatoes with cheese process
Here is how to make our Crispy Smashed Potatoes and get them to be all cheesy garlicky good, with step by step photos:
The beginning steps are super easy, rinsing, boiling and resting our potatoes.
Our seasoning mix, only needs to be stirred together with a spoon, so many flavours, leading to such great tasting smashed potatoes!!
The reality is if you push too hard, your potatoes will not be 'one piece' anymore. If this happens, you can repair that down the track a bit as your parmesan will help stick all of the pieces back together again! (Sort of like, humpty dumpty, having a fall from the wall, but all of the king's horses and all of the king's men will be able to pull our potatoes back together again as the parm is the 'glue (not like poor Humpty!)
Serving these is sure to bring some ohhhs and ahhs, just make sure you get one too as they will go like hot cakes!! Queue the music 'hot potato...hot potato....hot potato....hot potato!!' (it's just so darn catchy!!)
Frequently asked questions
- This is the PERFECT side dish!!
- This recipe is VEGETARIAN
- We use salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, onion flakes and fresh chives to make our potatoes taste terrific!!
- We use oil to ensure the most crispy potato we can achieve
To answer your questions
- The dish is best served HOT!
- This dish is not suitable for freezing
- This dish involves using both the stove and the oven
- This is a SUPER EASY dish to pull together
Smashed Potatoes Pro Tips
So that you can get this recipe sorted from the very 1st time you make it, here are some hot tips:
- Don't buy super small potatoes, they will break apart when you smash them and not have enough thickness to work
- You definitely need a sauce to serve these with as it tastes them to the next level
- Add bacon if you want extra flavour
Check out all roasted potato side dishes for inspiration:
Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- 500 grams baby red potatoes (approx 8 small potaoes)
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp onion flakes Note 1
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp himalayan rock salt
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- ½ bunch fresh chives
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
Chive and Yoghurt Drizzle
- 1 cup low fat greek yoghurt
- ½ bunch fresh chives
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Rinse potatoes and add them to a large saucepan filled ¾ with water. Add a pinch of salt
- Bring to the boil with the lid on, then take lid off and continue to boil for 15 minutes
- Potatoes are ready when you can insert a fork into them and it goes cleanly in and out
- Drain and discard water
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees F 82.2 degrees C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
- Lay each potato onto the paper with some space in between them
- Use a potato mash utensil and gently press down on each potato until it is smashed
- Combine olive oil, garlic, onion flakes, thyme, salt, pepper and fresh chives and stir to combine
- Use a teaspoon to spoon seasoning mix over each potato, repeat till all are covered
- Place in oven for 10 minutes
- Remove tray from oven, add sprinkle of parmesan to each potato.
- Place back in oven for a further 5 minutes, or until parmesan is melted and turned a light golden brown
- Serve with Chive and Yoghurt Drizzle Note 2
Chive and Yoghurt Drizzle
- Combine yoghurt, lemon juice and chopped chives into small bowl and stir together with a spoon
- Note 1 The onion flakes are sold in the spices section of the supermarket, usually not in a bottle, but in a small spice bag
- Note 2 These are best served HOT straight from the oven!
- Note 3 The edges of the potatoes will be super crispy and toasted (yum yum!!)
Please note this recipe was published on 30th November 2018 and updated 6th December 2019
Side dish recipes to try
Now that we have a good handle on making smashed potatoes, let's have a look at a couple more veggie based dishes.
3 of my favourites from the blog are recipes that I think you will enjoy as well:
Give me a shout if you want along the way when you are making these. They are easy to nail, but like a lot of cooking, there is a knack to them. If you give them a go, I would love to know what you think in the comments below.
P.S 'hot potato, hot potato............. hot potato, hot potato.....cold spagh...' haha, it is stuck in my head (google it!!)