Crispy Smashed Garlic Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Garlic Potatoes
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
  • 1 lb small (1-2" diameter) red potatoes
  • 3 tbsp garlic olive oil
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp salt
  • ½ 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 ½ 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.