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Crispy Oven Roasted Smashed New Potatoes (Recipe). These Golden and Crunchy Potatoes are Fantastic!

Updated on July 28, 2009

There’s been a discussion (love-in) on E-Gullet recently about a certain kind of oven baked smashed potatoes, and so good were the reviews of these little beauties, that I just had to give em’ a go…and I’m not sorry I did – They are delicious!

They are also very easy…and they will steal the show from whatever meat you serve them beside, so don’t spend too much on steak on the night that you cook these up!

Oven Baked Smashed Potatoes

  • As many new potatoes as you would like to eat
  • Lots of good olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs
  • Parchment paper is very useful

  1. Preheat your oven to 450-475
  2. Boil up as many potatoes as you’d like in some nicely salted water (taste it, it should taste like the sea…adding enough salt to the boiling water is CRUCIAL!!! to a well seasoned inside.)
  3. When the potatoes are cooked through, drain the water and set aside for a moment as you spread a parchment paper over a baking tray.
  4. Pour olive oil generously over the bottom of the parchment covered tray, making little pools of oil - as many pools as you have potatoes. Use about 1Tbls of oil under each potato.
  5. Place a potato on each pool of oil, and squish it down flat over the top of the oil. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
  6. Drizzle another Tbls of oil over the top of each potato and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. If desired, sprinkle on a little fresh chopped rosemary or thyme (freshly minced chives are also very nice.)
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or so in your very hot oven until the potatoes are crispy and golden on top.

Delicious! These go perfectly beside grilled beef or pork chops.

You can pre boil the potatoes hours ahead of roasting, as a time saver, if desired. The potatoes can also be microwaved until tender, as an alternative to boiling.

Possible variations include:

  • Substituting duck fat or bacon grease for the olive oil
  • Mashing the potatoes first, instead of smashing them on the pan, and then dropping spoonfuls of mashed potatoes onto each spoonful of oil
  • Preparing these on the stove top, by adding a good amount of oil to a cast iron skillet and then smashing the potatoes down into the preheated pan, turning over once (this method makes some tasty spuds, but they are a little heavier than the baked version.


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      7 years ago

      These were SO delicious and a big hit with my husband and son. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Curious - why is parchment so useful for this? This is in the oven now, BTW!! :)

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      7 years ago

      I am trying these with a bit of a twist, I sautéed the minced garlic, onions and herbs with the topping olive oil! Should be incredible!

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      8 years ago

      never try...but i want to?i love potatoes..!one of my favorite's is fresh fries...

    • John D Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      John D Lee 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for all the comments. Michelle, the microwave is a great time saver for these, for sure.

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      10 years ago

      I make a version of these potatoes, but with 3 kids...I put the tiny red potatoes in the microwave until tender. I tak them out and smash them down using a towel and use the palm of my hand. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with olive oil and broil until crisp. My daughter likes to melt cheese and bacon bits on top of hers...yummy!

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      Kenneth Wayne 

      10 years ago from Alabama

      This sounds delicious. I love potatoes with olive oil and seasoning. Check out my recipe for making them on the grill. Will definitly try this soon!

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      10 years ago

      I am a true Starch baby and this looks like a recipe to add to my book - YUM

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      R Burow 

      10 years ago from Florida, United States

      Baked potato is big at our house. This will be even more loved I am sure. After all how can you go wrong with olive oil. I thank you, and my kids thank you:)

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      Jerilee Wei 

      10 years ago from United States

      This is a recipe I'm definitely going to have to try. Thanks!


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