Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Tired of mashed potatoes? Food Fanatics has a great alternative: smashed potatoes. Customizable to your tastes, this 6-ingredient recipe is a great no-fuss appetizer or side dish that you can whip up in no time for any meal or party!

Ingredients for servings

    Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

  • 3 pound baby potatoes try yellow flesh potatoes

  • 0.25 cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 0.5 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese divided

  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (204ºC). Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  • Place baby potatoes in a large stock pot and fill with water so it just covers the potatoes. Salt the water generously.

  • Bring the water to a boil and then turn heat down to medium heat. Continue to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. You want the potatoes to be fork tender but not falling apart.

  • Drain the water from the potatoes, and rinse them. When able to handle without burning your hands, place the potatoes on the cookie sheet.

  • Take the underside of a water glass and lightly press it down on each potato until you break the skin and slightly flatten each one. Continue until all the potatoes are “smashed”.

  • Evenly drizzle olive oil over top of the potatoes. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper. Then, place half of the cheese (about 1/2 cup) over top of the potatoes carefully so you don’t waste any of that precious cheese.

  • Place the cookie sheet in the preheated 400°F oven and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining cheese (1/2 cup) and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. You want the potatoes to start to brown and get a little crispy around the edges. You want the cheese to melt perfectly so it’s heavenly to bite into. Cook according to how crispy you like your potato.

  • Remove the sheet from the oven and transfer potatoes to a platter. Toss with dried parsley, more or less depending on your taste

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