Smashed Potatoes

I’m a spudoholic and I admit it!  I like them prepared just about any way except for potato soup.  I would run fast when I knew Mom was cooking that for dinner!

A while back, I stopped by at the Clements Family’s great blog to see what was cooking.  I’m not really sure how they have time to cook with having 3 kids, 5 years old and under, but there is always something good going on over there!  

This smashed potatoes recipe got my attention.  I’ve made smashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, many times but never in this manner.  I always roasted them in the oven and then smashed them good after roasting.  This recipe calls for boiling them first and then smashing and roasting them.

It makes a big difference!  Par-boiling definitely is the secret to great smashed potatoes!  They are not dried out from roasting!  The potatoes bake creamy and smooth with the skin having a good crunch.  I used new potatoes; they’re excellent for this ~ small, with a good thin skin for roasting. 

That’s it!  Voila!  Perfect smashed potatoes!  

Smashed Potatoes


Small potatoes
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Wash your potatoes, then boil for about 30 minutes.  Remove, and put on a baking sheet.  Smash the tops of them.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  Then top with parmesan cheese and bake for another 5 minutes.

Pam’s note:  I added a tablespoon of dried parsley and 3 minced garlic cloves. Par-boiled the potatoes until fork tender, smashed and roasted them and then added freshly grated parmesan cheese just before serving. 



  1. Pam I love any potato...even potato soup.

  2. That does look good. I'll try that technique the next time I make potatoes.

  3. Um, yum. I'm making these soon! I could eat potatoes for every meal...I love 'em!

  4. Gee Pam! So easy and yet so yummy. I love them with loads of butter!

  5. This sounds just wonderful. I have been digging potatoes from my garden. I will try this with some of the big ones. Diane

  6. Oh thanks for the feature! Love that you added parsley and garlic!

  7. Pam,

    Just show a photo of a potato and all the spud lovers come running.

    Those look delicious!

    :) Laura

  8. Smashed potatoes are right up my alley.. I always leave the skins on my potatoes. And I agree, the only way to get a creamy smashed potato is my boiling them first. Yum!

  9. Love the simplicity of this potato dish...looks yummie!

  10. Love them, I leave the skins on and top with Parm, garlic & rosemary before roasting.

  11. I love all things potato, including potato soup. I love how you added your own special touches to this recipe.

  12. Simple but delicious...can't beat that!

  13. I am a spudsaholic also. I love potatoes, and potato soup, and stuffed potatoes, and any kind of potatoes. I am not crazy about potato salad though.

    Thanks for the tip about boiling opposed to baking.

  14. Now why didn't I think of this? I'm sure they're just delicious!

  15. Great potatoes!...Hope you have a happy week Pam!

  16. My husband would just love these.

  17. Hello from Madison! Love it when I meet new foodies from the Midwest. Thank you for visiting my site - looking forward to sharing Midwestern treats and eats! loads of food love!♥♥♥ miss megan

  18. You do inspire me Pam. I often seen the recipe for Smashed potatoes but never got the nerve to make, now...I'm tempted.

  19. These look smashing alright. Lady, you're good. Fabulosity.. everywhere you look.. your killin me.

  20. Potatoes are just so good! I've never had Smashed Potatoes. With the cheese + Olive Oil = Yum! They look wonderful!

  21. This is a really good idea. I have some nights ( like tonight) where I wonder what else could I possibly do with the potatoes in the cabinet.

  22. Great looking potato recipe and I love the technique!

  23. Oh yum! I could eat a whole plate of those potatoes for dinner. I don't need nothing else :) They look terrific.

  24. Mmm smashed potatoes sound delicious...I love that they're smothered in parmesan!

  25. Catherine, thanks! Have a good day!

    Bo, that soup makes me cringe! :-)

    Dedene, good! Hope you try it!

    Autumn @Good Eats Girl, me too! There's nothing like potatoes!

    busygram, yes all the way! Butter up those potatoes!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, great with growing you're on. That's when they're the best!

    Clements Family, thank you again! I would've never thought of boiling them first!

    Laura PARING DOWN, thanks! That's because we all know they're delicious!

    Abbey, great! I like the skins too especially this way, making them a little crunchy!

    Juliana, yes! It's pretty simple and sometimes that's best!

    Jennifurla, way to go! Next time I will be adding rosemary!

    Linda, thanks! You and Bo should get together for a bowl of potato soup and take along Bill also! ;)

    Biren, you said it! Yum!!!

    Sweet and Savory, another soup lover! I just don't get the soup thing but then I love potato salad!

    Karen, they are delicious! Give it a try!

    Jacqueline, thank you and you have a happy week also!

    Lady V, they're really good and if he loves potatoes, I would think he'd like them prepared this way!, hello Madison! You know how good Midwest cooking is! Food love for sure and I love all that good cheese up your way!

    Sage, great! Hope you try this as they are delicious!

    keri, thanks! Your sandwiches kill me! They're the best!

    JG, maybe you'll try this then ~ they're really good this way!

    Farmchick, it's a great way to eat up those potatoes; easy and good!

    Mags, thank you! There are so many varieties of potatoes and most of them would probably be good this way!

    Sweetums, I'm with you all the way and could make a meal of them also!

    Joanne, the parmesan is great, then I don't need butter! Thanks!

  26. YUM! Pass those potatoes, please! You don't like potato soup, though? Mmmmm!! I am opposite of you -- always boil my potatoes first. I have always wanted to try roasting first, though.

  27. I love potatoes done like this. It's so nice to have them fresh - new season - now ..... ground to pot in 5 mins.

    I discovered a rogue plant last week that I dug up of an old heirloom variety. Must have left a tuber in from last year - BLUE potatoes - well - purpley blue - outside and inside. Makes interesting mash !?! Lack flavour though... hence didn't plant that variety this year

  28. I bet the little change makes a big difference. Thanks for sharing...I definitely will be giving this a shot. You have so many great recipes on your blog! I'm loving looking around :)

  29. I love potatoes for their versatility too. This looks like a great variation, somewhere between mashed and roasted potatoes.

  30. Celeste, I love boiled potatoes with just a little salt and lots of pepper! It's funny how the boiling makes a difference with roasting them.

    Sarah-Jane, thanks! New potatoes are so delicious. I've seen the purple/blue variety in the store but haven't tried them yet. I wondered about the flavor; must try them sometime.

    baking.serendipity, thanks! That's very nice of you! Have a great rest of the day!

    Fresh Local and Best, yes! It's the best of both; easy and good also!


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