These Garlic Parmesan Smashed Potatoes are the perfect side dish to any meal. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Pure potato bliss.
These smashed potatoes are probably one of my favorite side dishes ever. The first time I had ever seen potatoes made like this was on the Food Network – The Pioneer Woman made them. She calls them Crash Potatoes. Crash Potatoes, Smashed Potatoes – call them whatever you want to call them – I just call them delicious.
Smashed Potatoes are so easy to make
- Drizzle with buttery garlic goodness
- Sprinkle Cheese on Top and Melt
See what I mean? Simple.
I like to use Dutch Potatoes (small, yellow ones) or fingerling potatoes (again, small yellow ones). I personally feel that they are the perfect size. You can, however, use larger potatoes. You can either cut them to make them smaller, or you can just use the whole potato and smash it. The bigger the potato, the longer you will need to boil the potatoes. You want the potatoes fork tender.
Once your potatoes are fork tender, strain them and leave them in a colander for about 5-8 minutes. Then, take a potato masher, or you could even use the bottom of a small cup or mason jar, and smash the potatoes. You don’t want them to be completely smashed because you want them to still be held together. I take my potato masher and mash one way and then turn the masher the other way (about 90 degrees) and mash again. You’ll want to do this lightly because you want the potatoes to stay in tact.
After you have smashed your potatoes, drizzle with the butter-garlic mixture. Bake in the oven. Then pull them out, sprinkle with parmesan, and put back in the oven just until the cheese has melted. Oh gosh. SOOOOOOOOO good.
Instead of fresh parsley, you could use fresh thyme, rosemary, or even dill. Oh how I love dill. You could even get crazy and add some bacon. Bacon makes everything better.
If you don’t want to use Parmesan, or if you don’t have it, you could use cheddar or whatever cheese you like or have on hand – I just wouldn’t use anything like feta or goat cheese. My husband likes grated cheddar on his potatoes.
These are the perfect side item for any dish! We have even made the larger potatoes and topped with my Ultimate Pulled Pork for a loaded smashed potato. Talk about delish.
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