Smashed roast potatoes are a delicious and crispy alternative to traditional roasted or mashed potatoes. They have a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior, making them a perfect side dish for various meals. Here’s a simple recipe to make smashed roast potatoes:
- 1.5 pounds (about 680 grams) baby or small potatoes (Yukon Gold or red potatoes work well)
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
- Fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs (optional, for added flavor)
- Grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for garnish)
- Chopped fresh parsley or chives (optional, for garnish)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a large baking sheet in the oven to preheat as well.
- Prepare the Potatoes: Wash and scrub the potatoes, but leave the skins on for extra flavor and texture. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
- Drain and Cool: Drain the cooked potatoes in a colander and let them cool for a few minutes until they are safe to handle.
- Smash the Potatoes: Place each potato on a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Use the palm of your hand or a flat surface (like a spatula) to gently press down on each potato until it’s partially flattened but still holds together. Be careful not to completely mash them; you want them to remain in one piece.
- Season the Potatoes: In a large bowl, toss the smashed potatoes with olive oil, minced garlic (if using), salt, and black pepper. You can also add fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs for added flavor.
- Roast the Potatoes: Carefully remove the preheated baking sheet from the oven. Brush it with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the seasoned smashed potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they have some space between them for crispiness. Roast in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and crispy.
- Serve: Once the potatoes are roasted to your liking, remove them from the oven. If desired, sprinkle them with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley or chives for added flavor.
- Enjoy your crispy smashed roast potatoes as a side dish with your favorite main course!
These smashed roast potatoes are versatile and can be seasoned with various herbs and spices to suit your taste. They make a great addition to any meal, from weeknight dinners to holiday feasts.