These smashed potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, & so delicious. The perfect side dish to your favorite protein & incredibly kid-friendly!

Smashed potatoes with herbs and bacon

What Are Smashed Potatoes

Smashed potatoes are baby potatoes that have been precooked (boiled), smashed flat and then broiled. They result in crispy tops and edges, while maintaining soft and fluffy inside.

Make a big batch for meal prep throughout the week, just bake them when you are ready to eat. Or, scroll down to learn how to make these potatoes in advance! These potatoes are enough to impress a dinner party.

How to Make Smashed Potatoes

It is so easy to make crispy, smashed potatoes. Just boil, smash, and bake! Here are the simple steps:

  • Boil Potatoes: Add the small potatoes to a pot of salted water and boil the potatoes until they cook (fork tender).
  • Smash Potatoes: Add cooked potatoes to a parchment-lined baking sheet and smash each potato with a potato masher. Brush the smashed potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Broil Potatoes: Broil the potatoes until golden brown and crispy. Top with bacon, cheese and herbs.

Hot Tip: If you don’t have a potato masher, you can also use a glass or bottom of a mug to press down the baby potatoes.

Recipe Variations

There are so many ways you can customize this crispy smashed potatoes recipe. Whether you like them cheesy, herby or loaded up, here are some ways you can serve this dish:

  • Loaded Potato – bacon, cheese, and green onions on top of the crispy potatoes.
  • Garlic Herb Infused – a drizzle of melted butter, some chopped dill and fresh minced garlic.
  • Cheesy – you can sprinkle just a little Parmesan cheese (or other shredded cheese of choice) or load them up so the cheese melts and forms a crispy, cheesy layer.
  • Salt and Pepper – prefer simpler flavors to pair with your meal? Just drizzle with olive and season with salt and pepper. This is a great vegan/dairy-free option.

Hot Tip: You can sprinkle the potatoes with your favorite spices or seasonings. Like spice? Sprinkle with red pepper flakes or your favorite cajun seasoning blend. The options are endless!

Serving Smashed Potatoes

Crispy smashed potatoes are the perfect side dish! Serve alongside your favorite protein such as air fryer chicken thighs or baked steak. Or pair with some other sides like quick pickles or a pickled salad. The best part about this potato recipe is that it is so versatile, especially when you make different variations. 

Hot Tip: The thinner you smash the baby potatoes, the crispier they will get.

Making Smashed Potatoes Ahead

To make the smashed potatoes ahead of time, you can boil the baby potatoes a day or two in advance. Store the boiled potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge. When ready to eat, just smash the pre-boiled potatoes and bake according to the recipe. You may need to add an extra minute or two since the potatoes are cold.

You can also prep the toppings in advance. The bacon can be cooked and crumbled a couple days ahead of time. The fresh herbs can be washed and chopped the day before.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.