Smashed Potato Recipe

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day! If you're like me, you're scrambling to come up with a fine, Irish meal for your family. Well...probably you're not like me. I'm the rare individual who simply can't stand corned beef and cabbage. So, I'm challenged each year to come up with a tasty alternative. Although this is hardly an "authentic" recipe, if you're looking for a tasty potato side dish for the day, here's a super easy one that my family is just wild about!

Smashed Potatoes

baby potatoes (1-2 lbs.) - any variety you like, or a mixture of varieties
olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
kosher salt
freshly cracked pepper
chopped chives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scrub the potatoes and place on parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until potatoes are just barely fork tender. Let potatoes cool for 10 minutes.

With the bottom of a heavy implement (I used a large measuring cup), press firmly and evenly down on the warm potato to smash it. Flatten to about 3/4" thick. Try to press all of them to a fairly uniform thickness.

Brush the smashed potatoes with olive oil.

Sprinkle with salt, minced garlic, and freshly cracked pepper.

Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees, and bake for about 15 minutes more, or until crispy. Sprinkle with chopped chives.

This is a great recipe to serve with meat that needs to rest for 10-15 minutes after you pull it out of the oven. That's the perfect amount of time to pop the potatoes back into the oven for their final 15 minutes. Everything is then perfectly timed to serve hot. Enjoy!


  1. I'll be making these tonight and also your Maple Walnut Cake for dessert. Since my husband doesn't like Cabbage or Sauerkraut (for the New Year's Day dinner) I make just plain Cole Slaw for him. It still uses cabbage and I can claim the tradition of it!

    1. Coleslaw! Great idea! Filing that one away for next year. Thanks!


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