I think we can all agree that potatoes are one of the most delicious and versatile foods out there. Roasted, mashed, fried, even boiled – I’ll take them any way – but these crispy smashed potatoes have a special place in my heart!
The method is quite simple; you simply boil whole baby potatoes until tender, then transfer to a sheet pan, smash each potato using either a fork or the bottom of a cup, brush generously with olive oil and finish with salt, pepper, any kind of herb you’d like (we’re partial to either parsley or rosemary + thyme), and maybe even a bit of parmesan (we used our favorite vegan parmesan!).
You can serve these with any dipping sauce of your choice. Pesto is a particularly great choice if you want to keep things simple, but we often eat these with vegan aioli, homemade guacamole, and/or this amazing vegan queso dip! They’re honestly so good that you’ll probably just end up eating them straight off the pan. (Is that just us?)
These would make a stunning addition to your holiday table (or any dinner party, really), but we definitely suggest making plenty to go around!Print
Crispy on the exterior, fluffy and delicious on the interior – this is the ultimate potato side dish! Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.
- 1 1/2 lbs. baby potatoes (of any variety)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt + pepper to taste
- Optional: 1 tbsp fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, etc) and grated parmesan (vegan or regular)
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Bring water and a large pinch of salt to a boil in a large pot. Add washed potatoes and boil until fork tender – about 15-20 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using a fork or the bottom of a clean cup, gently smash each potato.
- Brush each potato liberally with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add herbs and cheese (if adding) and return to oven for additional 7-10 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and crispy.
To smash the boiled potatoes, we suggest using the bottom of a clean cup. It smashes more evenly than using a fork, and it’s easier to apply pressure!