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Smashed Potatoes

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Our Smashed Potatoes with rosemary garlic butter are so wonderfully full of flavor! Melted butter mixed with aromatic garlic is a combination that simply can’t be beat. This recipe is perfect for a potluck, as an appetizer, or as the most complimentary side dish. This delicious yet deceivingly simple side dish is one you won’t want to miss!

Top down view of smashed potatoes with herb butter.

Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes are one of those side dishes that looks fancy but are a cinch to make! The process here is actually very simple, even if it seems a little involved at first. The longest part is the initial wait for the potatoes to boil.

After that, it’s a total breeze. The fresh rosemary and minced garlic really elevate the look and flavor of these potatoes and will impress any and all guests at your next gathering.

So, what exactly are smashed potatoes? Well, they’re close to traditional mashed potatoes, but are a step behind the classic. Smashed potatoes skip the milk (along with the full beating) and leave you with a more intact potato.

I also find this side dish to be a bit lighter than mashed potatoes… If you can call being drizzled with butter ‘light’! In any case, this side isn’t as heavy as cream laden mashed potatoes and you get a nice crispy texture, too.

Key Ingredients

  • Yellow Potatoes: The potatoes should be small to medium in size.
  • Butter: Unsalted is best here, and it should be melted. If you do choose to use salted butter, omit the added salt that this recipe calls for. 
  • Fresh Rosemary: Fresh rosemary provides the most remarkable flavor! The rosemary will need to be very finely chopped.
  • Garlic Cloves: Two large garlic cloves are called for, but if you love garlic, feel free to add or adjust the amount to your taste. Minced or pressed will both work for this recipe.
  • Salt and Pepper: Enough to taste.
Top down view of a batch of potatoes on sheet pan.

How To Make Smashed Potatoes 

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or spray with a nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the potatoes until fork tender (about 15-20 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  3. Time for the best part! Mix the melted butter, rosemary, and minced garlic in a small mixing bowl until well combined.
  4. Place the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet. Use a potato masher (or a heavy bottomed glass) to smash the potatoes until flattened. Be careful not to smash them too much, or you’ll end up with a mashed potato consistency.
  5. Pour the butter mixture over the individual potatoes, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Place your dish into the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the potatoes begin to brown around the edges and crisp just slightly.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy! And yes – it’s really that easy!
Collage showing how to make smashed potatoes.

Tips and Variations:

  • Potatoes: Red potatoes can be used instead of yellow potatoes 
  • Seasonings: Swap out the rosemary with another seasoning or herb like oregano, thyme, basil, etc. If you’re out of fresh garlic, use garlic powder instead.
  • Toppings: Try topping with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, dollop of sour cream, or crunchy bacon bits for a loaded version. Personally, I like to add smoked paprika and diced onions to the smashed potatoes.
Top down view of a white bowl filled with smashed potatoes.

Storage Recommendations:

  • Room Temperature: These potatoes should not be stored at room temperature.
  • Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, place leftover smashed potatoes in an oven preheated to 250°F and heat until warmed through. Using the oven as opposed to a microwave will keep the crisp in the potatoes.
  • Freezer: We do not recommend freezing the potatoes.

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Top down view of baby gold potatoes on a pan with butter.

Smashed Potatoes

Yield: About 3 Cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Our Smashed Potatoes with rosemary garlic butter are so wonderfully full of flavor! This recipe is perfect for a potluck, as an appetizer, or as the most complimentary side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds yellow potatoes (potatoes should be small to medium in size)
  • ½ unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF, and lightly oil a baking sheet or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
  3. Mix the melted butter, rosemary, and minced garlic in a small bowl until well combined. 
  4. Place the boiled potatoes on the prepared baking sheet, and use a potato masher or heavy bottomed glass to smash the potatoes until flattened.
  5. Drizzle the butter mixture over the individual potatoes, then season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place the dish into the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes begin to brown around the edges and slightly crisped.
  7. Remove the dish from the oven and serve hot. See post for storage recommendations.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ½ cup of smashed potatoes.. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 4 Ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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