Crispy Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes are an insanely delicious side dish recipe.  They're easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner and pretty enough to serve to guests.

A close up of garlic smashed red potatoes on a baking sheet.

You can do all sorts of fancy things to your potatoes, but there's no denying that digging into soft spuds with crispy edges that are laced with garlic and herbs is the way they're meant to be eaten.

I mean, just look at all that crispy deliciousness going on up there!

Why you want to make smashed red potatoes tonight

  • Crispy edges that are salty and garlicky = magic.
  • Soft potatoes that taste buttery even though we use olive oil in this recipe. (Not that you couldn't swap the oil for butter. We love butter, too.)
  • Easy to make side dish recipe right here!
  • These smash potatoes are only a tiny bit more difficult to make that boiled potatoes. Read: crazy simple.

Garlic oil being poured over smashed potatoes.

How to make smashed potatoes

Luckily for us, making smashed potatoes is super easy. Here's what you're going to do:

  1. Put some red potatoes in a pot, cover them with water, then boil them until they're soft.
  2. Smash them. There are 2 ways to do this: You can punch them with your fist, which is messy but totally fun. Or you can take the gentle approach and squish them with the palm of your hand or something heavy, like a pot.
  3. Drizzle them generously with salty garlic oil then broil your smashed potatoes until the edges are deliciously crispy.

That's it!

Make this smashed potatoes recipe for a party

When I invite friends over for dinner, I like to do as much cooking as possible before they arrive. Are you the same way? These smashed red potatoes are really easy to make ahead of time. Here's what you do:

  • Boil then smash the potatoes and leave them on a baking sheet.
  • Make the garlic oil.
  • 15 minutes before you want to eat, drizzle the potatoes with the oil and pop them into your oven to broil.

Doing it this way lets you get the messy smashing part out of the way before your friends arrive.

Or for more laughs, boil the potatoes then enlist your friends' help in smashing them with their fists. ← Done this and it's FUN! 

8 smashed red potatoes with crispy edges.

Prevent your garlic smashed potatoes from falling apart

When you smash potatoes, it can be easy to be enthusiastic and smash them a little too hard. Don't worry, if they fall apart more than the potatoes in the pictures here, that just means you'll have extra crispy bits. And no one in the whole history of the world has ever complained about that.

If keeping them pretty is important to you, squish them gently. And if they do fall apart a bit, they can often be squished back together.

For the prettiest results, make sure you boil the potatoes until they are soft. If they're not quite soft enough, they can break into chunks when you squish them. Nice soft potatoes are much easier to smash.

What to serve with your garlic smashed potatoes

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that go great with these smashed potatoes:

Crispy skinned garlic smashed red potatoes on a baking sheet.

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Crispy Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Crispy Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes are an insanely delicious side dish recipe.  They're easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner and pretty enough to serve to guests.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 8 medium red potatoes (2 lb. total)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon each: pepper and dried thyme
  • 2 large garlic cloves, very finely minced

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot (so they are in a single layer) and cover them with an inch of water. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the pot and let them cool slightly. Turn your oven to broil with the rack near the top.
  4. Smash the potatoes (see notes) then drizzle them with the oil and herbs. Broil for 10 minutes, or until the tops are crispy.

Notes

To smash the potatoes:

  1. Use your fist to punch them. This way is more fun but also messier.
  2. Gently squish the potatoes with the palm of your hand or something heavy, like a pot. This way you'll get prettier looking smashed potatoes.

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