Smashed Potatoes Recipe (VIDEO)

These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust. | natashaskitchen.com

These smashed potatoes are easy and loved by all. They taste like little campfire potatoes with their crisp salty skins and golden crispy edges. The centers are soft and the cheese crust makes them irresistible!

If you are serving them as a side dish, you should know they are in great danger of becoming an appetizer as folks breeze through your kitchen and “sample”.

We love these as a snack and our kids dip the smashed potatoes in ketchup or ranch just like a giant French fry; only much healthier because they are baked, not fried!

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Watch the Video on How to Make Smashed Potatoes:


Watch until the end for fun outtakes, since many of you requested those after seeing our blooper videos this year. There are some recipes that just do this to me! ha ha!!

Make-Ahead Tip: You can boil the potatoes a day ahead, cool to room temp then cover and refrigerate overnight. Smash, season and bake the following day. Since you are starting with cold potatoes, add 2 minutes to the initial baking time to ensure a crisp exterior.

P.S. You can easily double this recipe to serve a crowd (highly recommended!)

These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust.

Ingredients for Smashed Potatoes Recipe:

12-16 count (2 lbs) small potatoes (1 1/2 to 2″ diameter)*
2 tsp salt for water
Olive oil to drizzle
Garlic salt, to taste
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, or to taste
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped, to garnish

These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust.

Such simple ingredients! Often the simplest recipes are the best and this one is budget friendly also #FORTHEWIN!

Cooks Tip: Use either a Silpat baking liner (as shown below) to line the pan. They are wonderfully non-stick!

These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust.

⬇Print-Friendly Smashed Potatoes Recipe:

Smashed Potatoes Recipe (VIDEO)

4.77 from 21 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust. | natashaskitchen.com
These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Calories: 176 kcal
Servings: 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs (12-16 count) small potatoes (1 1/2 to 2" diameter)*
  • 2 tsp salt for water
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil to drizzle
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly cracked black pepper (or to taste)
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add 2 tsp salt (Note: 8 cups water for 5Qt pot). Once water has boiled, carefully add potatoes then reduce heat to a low boil and cook until potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork then drain (total boiling time is 25-30 minutes depending on potato size).
  2. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 450˚F. Transfer drained potatoes to a lined rimmed baking sheet, spacing them evenly.
  3. Use a potato masher or the flat bottom of a drinking glass to smash the potatoes to about 1/2" thickness. Press gently so you don’t break the potatoes apart.
  4. Drizzle the tops with olive oil then sprinkle generously with garlic salt and black pepper to taste. Bake at 450˚F for 15 min. Flip potatoes over with a spatula, drizzle the second side with oil and season with more garlic salt and pepper. Bake another 12-15 min or until potatoes are crisp with golden brown edges.
  5. Sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese then return to the oven another 2-3 minutes or just until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley if desired and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Smashed Potatoes Recipe (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 809mg 34%
Potassium 706mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 17.8%
Calcium 16.5%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust.

Are you imagining that salty crispiness? Is your mouth watering yet? 😉

Baked smashed potatoes are one of my favorite ways to enjoy potatoes. My children aren’t usually keen on potatoes, but they sure love these!

These cheesy smashed potatoes are crisp on the outside with a creamy center and irresistible cheesy crust. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Patricia
    November 7, 2018

    I think the potatoes I used were too big. When I “smashed” them they broke up completely and I had bits all over the place. I followed the rest of the recipe anyway and they tasted good but had to be eaten with a fork and were a bit messy. Reply

    • Natasha
      November 7, 2018

      Hi Patricia, that does happen when using larger potatoes (but that has never stopped us from enjoying them!) I’m so glad you liked the flavor 🙂 Reply

  • Patricia
    November 4, 2018

    Can’t wait to try something new and different with potatoes! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2018

      I’d love to hear how you like this one! Reply

  • Marian
    November 3, 2018

    Can I cook these in my air-fryer oven? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 3, 2018

      Hi Marian! I haven’t tried these in an air fryer so I can’t say. If you experiment I would love to know the outcome! Reply

  • Natasha
    August 15, 2018

    Ca-n i use corn oil instead of Olive oil? Reply

  • Carol Schneider
    April 17, 2018

    Those were absolutely fantastic. My picky-eater husband loved them; he loves every one of your recipes that I’ve made so far. Where do you get those mats for the cookie sheets? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 18, 2018

      Hi Carol, I’m so happy you and your husband loved the recipe!! 🙂 We used our favorite silpat baking liner (affiliate link). It is wonderfully non-stick! Reply

  • Kathy
    March 30, 2018

    I Make these all the time. Recipe is forgiving and can be changed up for variety. Sometimes I use a mixture of melted butter/evoo, mainly use parsley – fresh or dried but Italian seasoning gives a little zing. Also I just microwave my potatoes instead of boiling as I can walk away as they cook! Then I reheat in the am to eat with eggs!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2018

      I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy this simple recipe. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers Kathy! Reply

  • Kathy
    March 20, 2018

    Can you please tell me the brand of olive oil you use, I don’t like the flavor of the ones I have bought. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 20, 2018

      Hi Kathy, we use an extra LIGHT (not extra virgin) olive oil from Costco by Bel Olio Reply

      • Kathy DiBene
        March 20, 2018

        Thank you so much for your answer about the olive oil. Not that you couldn’t but, I am so glad you haven’t gone all T.V. You seem much to real and true to how and what you cook. Not a lot of glitz and glam, just honest down home cooking.Everything is is easy to understand and cook.I hope you never let any one change you, yes it would mean more money but somethings are not for sale. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          March 20, 2018

          My pleasure Kathy, glad I can help! 🙂 Reply

  • J. Craig
    March 4, 2018

    Really good way to make (delayed) potatoes. Especially when you have to share the oven with the roast and bread. I don’t usually get comments on the side dishes but everyone liked the potatoes…especially with the cheese. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 5, 2018

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Cristian
    February 28, 2018

    You are amazing! And the recipe too 🙂 Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2018

      My pleasure Cristian, I’m glad you love the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Jody
    February 14, 2018

    HELP!!! I made 32 of these for a family gathering tonight …which was just cancelled because of illness. Will they freeze well for a later use? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 14, 2018

      Hi Jody, oh bummer! I haven’t tried freezing them but I imagine it would work. They do refrigerate really well and then you can reheat them in the oven to crisp them up. Reply

  • Lauren
    February 14, 2018

    Hey Natasha! I wanted to make these potatoes tonight with a roast chicken. I don’t have two ovens and I will mostly be cooking the chicken on 350. If I put the potatoes in the oven with the chicken in there at 350, would I just anticipate a longer cooking time like 20min each side? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 14, 2018

      Hi Lauren, I think that would still work. The higher temperature helps these to crisp up. They are already fully cooked since they are pre-boiled but they may not crisp up quite as much roasting together with the chicken. Reply

      • Lauren
        February 14, 2018

        Yeah I figured as much. I think I’ll wait to put the potatoes in towards the end and crank up the heat when I take the chicken out to rest. At least one side will hopefully be crispy! Thanks for your reply! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 14, 2018

          You’re welcome Lauren! Please let me know how they turn out! Reply

  • Laura Confino
    February 12, 2018

    I cant wait to make these. I know my family will love them. What are the nutritional values. I.e. calorie count, cholesterol amount, fat grams, etc? Thanks Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 12, 2018

      I hope you love them, please let me know what everyone thinks of the recipe! Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Laura! Reply

  • Diane Logsdon
    February 4, 2018

    Looking for an easy recipe for the barbeque pork you get at chinese restaurants. Do you have one? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 5, 2018

      Hi Diane, I don’t have anything like that but it sounds like a great idea! If I come up with something like that in the future, I will be sure to share it 🙂 Reply

  • Cindy
    February 2, 2018

    Yum! They came out great. I didn’t have Parmesan cheese so I used mozzarella and it came out great!! ❤️🥔 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2018

      I’m glad you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Daniel
    February 1, 2018

    Thank you for recipe made them for potatoe bar contest .won first prize Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 1, 2018

      You’re welcome Dan! I’m glad to hear the recipe was such a hit, good job! Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Sandra
    January 30, 2018

    Thanks that a picture is posted to recipe when I print it. I will try a recipe almost every time if when I print it out there is a pic of it. I am older, do not use a smart phone so I like the option you give me. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2018

      I’m glad you find that helpful Sandra! 🙂 Reply

  • Dennis
    January 29, 2018

    Made these potatoes last night,and my family absolutely loved them! Thanks Natasha for sharing your recipes Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 29, 2018

      My pleasure Dennis! I’m happy to hear that everyone enjoys the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Lynn
    January 28, 2018

    We made your smashed potatoes tonight, so delicious!!! Love your recipes and videos 😋 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 29, 2018

      I’m glad the recipe is a hit! Thanks for following and sharing your great review Lynn! Reply

  • Gmom
    January 26, 2018

    These were wonderful and full of flavor. My picky daughter loved them. The only problem was I didn’t make enough. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • January 26, 2018

    when is your next recipe coming??? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2018

      Today!! Reply

  • Yamile Coughlin
    January 25, 2018

    Super easy and super delicious!!🤤 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 25, 2018

      I’m glad you love it Yamile! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Yamile Coughlin
    January 25, 2018

    Made them tonight and it’s a hit with my family!!!! Thank you!! 🤤 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 25, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m glad to hear the recipe is a hit. Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Iris
    January 24, 2018

    My family loved these potatoes, thanks. I also tried it with green plantains instead of potatoes and they also turned out so good but switched to sharp cheese instead of Parmesan and cilantro instead of parsley before serving. YUM!! to both. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2018

      I’m glad to hear everyone enjoys the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Tatyana S.
    January 23, 2018

    They turned out yummy for dinner👍🏻 Quick and easy recipe!
    My toddler age kiddos loved them too👌🏻 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2018

      I’m glad to hear the whole family enjoys the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review Tatyana! Reply

  • Vera
    January 22, 2018

    Turned out delicious! Thank you!
    If I were to double the recipe in the future, would I need to double the amount of salt that is needed for the boiling water? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2018

      Hi Vera, If doubling, you will need more water but probably not double the water. I would do 1 Tbsp salt for about 12 cups water. Reply

  • Nina
    January 21, 2018

    Hi Natasha, my kids love watching your videos. And my youngest even brags to others as “we watch Natasha’s Kitchen ha ha and you don’t.” Well, their favorite is about the smashed potatoes. They sang the song for two days and I made the dish. It is very good and my whole family enjoyed it. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2018

      Hello Nina! That is so great to hear, LOL! I’m glad your family is enjoying the recipes so much. Tell the kids I said hello and thanks for following! 🙂 Reply

  • Lena
    January 20, 2018

    It is soo good! I was baby sitting my nephews yesterday and I found a new recipe on your webpage I thought of making it for nephews!
    Also they loved it! ME TOOO!!!!

    THANK YOU! From my little 5 year old twins and me!!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2018

      You’re welcome Lena! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a hit! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Tami
    January 20, 2018

    Wow they look Delish, Can’t wait to try them! 🙂 I’m sure I will be back to give this 5 stars. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2018

      I hope you love them Tami! Please do let me know what you think! Reply

  • Denae@MyWayGourmet
    January 20, 2018

    Looks so delicious! They’re even more irrisistable if you add bacon and chedder! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2018

      Great suggestion Denae! They really are fantastic! Reply

  • Tanya
    January 19, 2018

    Love your website😊 Did you try miso soup? Here in California you can order it at a lot of Chinese restaurants. Would love to get a good recipe for the soup. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2018

      Hi Tanya, I have tried it and loved it but we don’t normally use tofu or seaweed in our cooking so I haven’t tried making it at home. I have thought about it in the past, but reconsidered when I learned how much salt is in a good tasting miso soup (it’s quite a bit!). Reply

  • Love from Munchkintime.com
    January 19, 2018

    WOW! I am drooling, I am such a potato lover! Love this recipe Natasha, pinning it away! 😀 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2018

      It’s super easy and super good! I hope you try it! 🙂 Reply

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