A Smashed Potato

by zesty on March 18, 2011 · 19 comments

Scrambling with work and Disney preparations – I decided to recycle one of my new found favorite ways to serve potatoes… Let me know if you like them.

Growing up on PEI, potatoes are everywhere, and I have grown to love them.  Whether they are mashed, baked, french fries, scalloped, pan fried, boiled, microwaved ( umm a bit sketchy) I eat them all.  Over the years I have tested many techniques and added different flavoring to potatoes to kick it up a notch.  When looking for a comfort side dish I tend to lean towards the method seen below.

Now do not dismiss the fact I truly adore mashed potatoes with butter and cream but lately I have been all over SMASHED potatoes.  It is a two step process to make it happen but will never disappoint.


  • Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Start off by boiling the potatoes until almost fork tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F
  3. Once the potatoes are finished boiling remove them from the water and let stand for a minute.
  4. Prepare a cookie sheet or roasting pan
  5. Using a heavy bottomed pot, smash the potatoes gently to just break the skin and press the potatoes down.
  6. Once flat, add a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven until golden brown and slightly crispy.  About 25-35 minutes.
  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: In the boiling stage, be careful not too overcook the potatoes.  You just want them softened slightly so you can “smash” them with the back of a pot.

Well I hope you enjoyed the potato talk.  Do note that they are potatoes and very versatile.  Switch it up and keep it fresh.  Another great alternative is the beloved sweet potato.  All the techniques stay true to a regular potato.  As I am typing this, I think someday I should talk about all the different types of potatoes and why some are good for baking versus boiling etc.  Maybe another time!

I am scheduling some guest posts while I am on vacation next week and not bringing my laptop… can you believe it?

Take care


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 brandi

These potatoes look so good! I’ve never had anything like this before.


2 Kate

I did Smashed Potatoes with Tapenade once, seared to perfection in a cast-iron skillet and dotted with pungent tapenade. It was glorious.


3 Morgan @ Life After Bagels

this might be the most aggressive recipe I’ve ever read!


4 patsyk

What a fun way to prepare potatoes! Also, a good way to get out some aggression!


5 Kari

I just finished peeling potatoes for Turkey dinner tonight… I love mashed potatoes w/ gravy.
I do also love baked sweet potatoe w butter.


6 ZestyCook

Kari, Am I invited for Turkey dinner? Did the invite get missed or might it be on my voice mail or in junk mail?



7 magic

They are even better with rosemary and garlic and olive oil .


8 claudia

I love these looks fabulous`


9 Marianne

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten smashed potatoes before, but they sound pretty awesome.


10 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

Those potatoes look delicious! I’d love to see them by a steak or salmon fillet. :) Maybe even a burger.



11 Angela

Oh WOW!! This looks fantastic!! (I LOVE potatoes and could eat them every single day.) I’m definitely trying this tonite! :)


12 Sues

Wow, this looks and sounds awesome! They almost look like little rolls; I was actually surprised they were potatoes! To be honest, potatoes kind of bore me unless they have something special to them, and these DEFINITELY do!


13 Elliot Puerta

Cast iron cookware is the best, plain and simple. I used non-stick stuff for a long time, but a nice, big steak done in a cast iron skillet plays in a whole different league. Besides, you can buy a high quality skillet for about 70 bucks and it will last you a lifetime. The non-stick cr*p may last 4 years if you get lucky. If you search the web a bit, you can often find a quality pan on sale. There are always some amazing offers on cast iron kitchen stuff listed on the cast iron pots website. Ok, that did it, now I’m starving. I think I’m gonna go to the kitchen to clog my arteries with some steak and eggs.


14 Cheryl

I used your Smashed Potato recipe the other night and it was a big two thumbs up in our house. Everyone loved them and it was a nice change from regular baked potatoes. Thanks very much!


15 Cheryl

Thanks for the idea. I tried it tonight as a side for my Creamy herbed pork chop recipe. I thought everyone would enjoy the potato with a little of the cheesy sauce, but everyone loved it just as it was. My teenager asked if I could make it again. Success.


16 zesty

Cheryl, this is great news. I am glad you and your family liked them. They are always a hit here when we make them as well.


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