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Crispy Smashed Roasted Potato Recipe

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 as a side dish

With a simple ingredient list and a mostly make-ahead technique, these delicious potatoes are perfect for parties. Of course, you don’t have to have a party to make these. They’re just as good served with Sunday dinner as a side dish with roast chicken or meatloaf. And garnished with a bit of sour cream and chives, they make a nice starter.

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  • 12 to 15 baby red or yellow potatoes (about 1-1/2 oz. each; 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter)
  • 2-3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on four servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 270
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 180
  • Fat (g): 20
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 520
  • Carbohydrates (g): 20
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 2


Boil the potatoes:

  • Put the potatoes in a large saucepan (preferably in one layer) and cover with at least an inch of water. Add 2 tsp. kosher salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook the potatoes until they are completely tender and can be easily pierced with a metal or wood skewer. Make sure they are cooked through but don’t overcook. The total cooking time will be 30 to 35 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, set up a double layer of clean dishtowels on your countertop. As the potatoes finish cooking, remove them individually from the water, and let them drain and sit for just a minute or two on the dishtowels.

Flatten and cool the potatoes:

  • Fold another dishtowel into quarters, and using it as a cover, gently press down on one potato with the palm of your hand to flatten it to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Repeat with all the potatoes. Don’t worry if some break apart a bit; you can still use them.
  • Cover a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; put a sheet of parchment on top of the foil. Transfer the flattened potatoes carefully to the baking sheet and let them cool completely at room temperature.

Roast the potatoes

  • Remove the pan of potatoes from the refrigerator, if prepared ahead. Heat the oven to 450°F. Alternatively, if you have a convection function, turn it on and set the temperature at 400°F. Sprinkle the potatoes with about 3/4 tsp. salt and pour the olive oil over them. Lift the potatoes gently to make sure some of the oil goes underneath them and that they are well coated on both sides. Roast the potatoes until they’re crispy and deep brown around the edges, about 30 minutes if using a convection oven, 30 to 40 minutes if roasting conventionally, turning over once gently with a spatula or tongs halfway through cooking. Serve hot.

Make Ahead Tips

Do the busy work—boiling and flattening the potatoes—up to 8 hours ahead. Let potatoes cool completely, and store them on the pan, lightly covered, in the fridge. Then all you have to do at the last minute is coat with oil and salt and roast.


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  • Stasia | 01/01/2018

    I have made this recipe a number of times, and used to get variable results, probably due to either skimping too much on the oil (1/2 cup is just so much!), using slightly too large potatoes, and/or crowding the potatoes on the sheet pan. I am now getting consistently good results using smallish potatoes, 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" in diameter, cooking at 435 degrees using the convection/bake combination setting. I still reduce the oil, but generously coat all surfaces. Oddly enough, my last batch may have been the best -- I forgot to flip the potatoes midway though, so they had probably 35 minutes on the first side and only 5 or 10 on the flip side. The extra time made for a super crispy potato! Next time, I'll flip them a little sooner, but will wait to flip beyond the halfway point until they look very crispy at the edges. Whatever you do, do NOT forget to salt the cooking water, I did that once and the resulting potatoes were really bland.

  • Deuce1 | 10/01/2017

    I made this recipe last night for an impromptu dinner party. However, I added a few things to jazz it up. I mixed 3 tbsp. of fresh parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder together, 1/4 tsp thyme and 1//4 tsp basil together.

    I poured some olive oil on the tin foal before putting the smashed potatoes on the baking sheet.
    After I smashed the potatoes, I brushed the potatoes with a light coating of olive oil then sprinkled half of the spice mixture on the top of the potatoes, baked them for 15 minutes. Took them out of the oven, gently flipped them over, applied a little more olive oil the this side, sprinkled the rest of the seasoning mix on and returned to oven for another 15 minutes --- THEY TURNED OUT SO GOOD!! just sayin.

  • csibbick | 04/30/2017

    This was a 5 star winning recipe. So delicious! I should have made double as everyone loved them so much. Definitely will be making these over and over.

  • cgj5177 | 07/03/2016

    always love a make ahead recipe - this is the best!

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