Smashed potatoes are my new favorite way to make potatoes. They have great flavor and the skins get a perfect crisp to them.
This recipe was adapted from the Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes. I had pinned this recipe quite a long time ago and finally got around to making them a few weeks ago. The first time I made them as a side to go with chicken for a week night dinner. This time, they accompanied steak and lobster (and wine) for our Valentine’s Day meal. They were perfect for both occasions!
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Boil small potatoes for 10-15 minutes until fork tender. I used baby reds.
Generously coat baking sheet with olive oil and place potatoes on baking sheet with some space between them.
Smash potatoes. I used the bottom of a spatula, but a fork works too.
Generously brush the tops of your smashed potatoes with olive oil, then season. I used sea salt, fresh ground pepper and thyme on mine. Be a little liberal with the salt and pepper.
Bake for a total of 20-25 minutes. I like to add cheese (and sometimes bacon) to mine. I bake first for 5-8 minutes, and then add the shredded cheese.
Bake for the remaining time (20-25 minutes total). I didn’t have any bacon made, so I didn’t add bacon bits to this batch.
Remove from oven and use a spatula to transfer to your plate. Don’t expect any leftovers when you serve smashed potatoes, no matter how many you made. They are that good!
We had a laid back evening at home for Valentine’s Day. Todd got me some of my favorite wine from Cakebread Cellars and a chocolate pairing kit from Ghirardelli. He knows me well!
We drank wine while we prepared dinner (and by we, I mean I made the potatoes and Todd did everything else). Carter had already eaten earlier and fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie. We were left to enjoy the rest of the wine and this amazing dinner. Just lobster for me, the steak was for Todd as I’m not much of a red meat eater. Bacon – yes, steak – no… I realize my tastes are weird!
Can you believe the size of those lobsters?! We usually get lobster to make at home at least once a year for either New Year’s Eve or Todd’s birthday. This year we had plans on both occasions, so Valentine’s Day was a perfect occasion to treat ourselves!
What’s your favorite way to make potatoes?