Fried Smashed Potatoes


Parmesan and parsley dress up these simple smashed potatoes for a flavorful side dish. Scrub the potatoes and combine parmesan and parsley the night before to cut down on prep time.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
22 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 17 mins


  • 12 - 16 small red potatoes (1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter; 1-1/2 to 2 pounds total)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with at least 1 inch of water. Add the 1 teaspoon salt to water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are very tender; drain potatoes.

  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Transfer potatoes to a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Cool for 10 minutes. Using a potato masher or the palm of your hand (be careful not to burn your hand), lightly press down on each potato to smash to about 1/2-inch thickness, keeping each potato in one piece.

  3. Using half of the olive oil, brush on potatoes. Sprinkle half of the salt and pepper on potatoes. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and crisp. Turn potatoes; brush with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until potatoes are lightly browned and crisp. In a bowl combine cheese and parsley. Sprinkle on potatoes. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

    Fried Smashed Potatoes
    Jason Donnelly

Make-Ahead Directions:

Scrub potatoes; set aside overnight. Combine the grated cheese and parsley in an airtight container; cover. Chill for up to 24 hours. Continue as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
6g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 232mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5.7mg 29%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 269mg 6%
Folate, total 11.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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