Crispy Smashed Garlic Potatoes

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I didn’t mention in any of my posts last week, but there’s a real good chance that I either broke my baby toe, severely strained it, or in some other fashion, seriously messed it up.   Painful.  Annoying.  Not fun.  I accidentally walked into a large cement post and stubbed the crap out of my toe last Sunday when Dario and I were walking through DC.  The first couple of days the pain wasn’t too bad.  But then all of a sudden, it hurt like crazy on Thursday.  It got all swollen, warm to the touch, purplish/pinkish color and I couldn’t walk on it whatsoever.

smashed potatoes, crispy smashed potatoes, potato recipes

smashed potatoes, crispy smashed potatoes, potato recipes I have NO clue why it hurts worse 4 days after the injury occurred or why it’s still hurting and still all puffy and swollen.  I can’t even wear any of my cute summer shoes!!  Me and my fat toe have just been wearing junky old sandals and hobbling around my apartment.  Though I have to say, my broken/sprained toe did not prevent me from browsing through 2 grocery stores and the Dupont Circle farmers market this weekend!  Not too many things could!

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smashed potatoes, crispy smashed potatoes, potato recipes Broken toe or not, I picked up a decent haul yesterday at the market.  Including a big bag of the cutest little red potatoes ever!  All perfectly round, all the same size, and all super fresh from the farm.  I’m not sure if it’s potato season or what, but everyone was selling potatoes.  And not just one or two types.  They had red ones, big ones, fingerlings, purple ones, sweet potatoes, you name it, they had it. In addition to my perfectly shaped red potatoes, I also got some purple fingerling potatoes.  Have you seen those before?  They’re beautiful!

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smashed potatoes, crispy smashed potatoes, potato recipes Anyways, back to the red potatoes.  Last night I decided use them in a recipe my Mom makes a lot – smashing them slightly and then crisping them up in the oven.  They are SO good.  So good people.  You need to make this recipe.  Like tonight.  For dinner.  These potatoes are creamy on the inside and they salty, crispy, garlickly goodness on the outside.  They are the perfect side to any dinner dish. AND they are even better the next morning (re-crisped in the oven) and served up piping hot next to a big plate of scrambled eggs.  Now that sounds delicious.

smashed potatoes, crispy smashed potatoes, potato recipes Crispy Smashed Garlic Potatoes:

  • 1 lb small (1-2″ diameter) red potatoes
  • 3 tbsp garlic olive oil
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or chives


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. While oven heats, fill a large pot with cold water.  Add in 1 tbsp salt and potatoes and cover.  Turn on high and allow water to come to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, allow potatoes to cook for about 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. Once potatoes are cooked, remove from water and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  5. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, take a large wooden spoon or other large flat object and gently press each potato until it smashes into a flattened circle.  Don’t smash them into pieces – they should still hold together (see pictures above).
  6. Line a baking tray and slide on smashed potatoes.  Drizzle potatoes with garlic oil and sprinkle on remaining tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  7. If you want a crisper crust (you do!) turn off your oven and the turn on the broiler.  Broil potatoes for 2-3 minutes (timing depends on how close the rack is to the heat element) or until dark golden brown and crispy.
  8. Top with chopped parsley or chives and serve immediately.

You tell me!  What’s  your favorite type of potato?  Have you ever tried smashed potatoes?  What’s your favorite potato recipe?


  1. Richa

    August 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I like the look of these crispy potatoes! so easy and a perfect side.

    • mewinebrenner

      August 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      They are super easy! And the best part of smashing is, there’s more surface area to get all crispy and crunchy!

  2. Cookie and Kate

    August 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your toe! It’s amazing how much injured toes can hurt. I’ve been meaning to try making smashed potatoes. Yours look so good, Maria!

    • mewinebrenner

      August 30, 2013 at 8:40 am

      I hope you try them – they are sooooo good and crispy!!! Hopefully the toe gets better soon!

  3. lindsay | rosemarried

    September 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Oh goodness, these look amazing.

    • mewinebrenner

      September 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      They are! Hope you try them!

  4. Emily

    September 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve been looking for a side dish for pork and vegetable kebabs to please my potato-loving husband. I think we’ve got a winner!! I can throw these little babies in the oven while the kebabs are on the grill and we’ll have a satisfyingly crispy starch side dish. (I just happen to have green onion tops and sour cream in the fridge!)

    • mewinebrenner

      September 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I think this would be a great side to your kebabs!! Especially topped with sour cream! Yum!

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