Perfect Smashed Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
We’ve seen plenty of potato trends over the past few years: Retro hasselback potatoes made a comeback, buttery “melting” potatoes took over Pinterest soon after, and now smashed potatoes are the spuds of the moment. The idea is to simmer small potatoes until tender, then toss them with olive oil, flatten them and crisp them in the oven. It’s simple — and insanely delicious. There are more than 35,000 #smashedpotatoes photos on Instagram, and many Food Network stars are obsessed, too. Here’s how to make them like a pro.


  1. Put 1 3/4 pounds baby potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Add 2 bay leaves, 2 garlic cloves and a big pinch of salt; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, discarding the bay leaves and garlic. Toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, transfer to a baking sheet and smash with a spatula or measuring cup. Drizzle with more olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil, turning, until crisp and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.