Call it Smashed Potatoes or Crushed Potatoes – they make a wonderful side dish. Boiled new potatoes are smashed, then brushed with seasoning, herbs, and oven-baked until crispy on the outside but tender inside.
About this easy roasted Crushed New Potatoes recipe
Our family has a serious addiction to potatoes and they could have them for every other meal of the day. Roast Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, or even potato curry to accompany tomato rasam for lunch/ dinner.
We love smashed potatoes so much, that sometimes I do make Masala Smashed potatoes too. The method of preparation is similar, except the seasoning mixture has an aromatic blend of Indian spices. And the good news is, the Masala version of Crushed Potatoes is Vegan.
I had recently watched the “Nigella on the table” program and absolutely loved how she paired Feta Cheese with roast potatoes. This was somewhere my inspiration to add crumbled feta cheese to my smashed potatoes recipe.
I really cannot get enough of the combination of flavors that pairs with the potatoes. This easy recipe is so delicious that, let me tell you if you have got any leftover potatoes you could go ahead and make some mind-blowing toasted smashed potatoes sandwiches or even Bubbles and Squeak.
Why you’ll love this recipe?
Budget-friendly – Delicious recipes really do not have to be expensive. This crushed potatoes recipe uses new potatoes as the main ingredient and is budget-friendly
Easy recipe – This recipe is easy but not quick. It is more like a wait and watch game when you have to wait for the potatoes to cook first and then bake.
Versatile – Crushed potatoes are so easy to adapt to flavors of your choice. Use the seasoning ingredients readily available.
Dietary needs – Can be Vegan, if you use Vegan Cheese and omit the Feta Cheese in the recipe.
What is Smashed Potatoes?
“Smashed Potatoes” also known as Batatas a Murro, is a traditional Portuguese Dish. It is known for its unique method of preparation. They’re absolutely comforting food just presented in a unique way. These potatoes look gorgeous on the table and would make a perfect accompaniment on the Christmas menu.
Ingredients you will need for Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Potatoes – This recipe uses New Potatoes or Mini potatoes, that have waxy and crispy skin. You may use any variety of small potatoes for this recipe
Garlic – Both fresh minced garlic or garlic powder works. However, I love the addition of fresh garlic cloves.
Lime or Lemon Juice – Either of the citrus element works and use what is available at home. I would not miss them in the recipe.
Sea Salt & pepper – A generous seasoning of salt flakes and freshly ground pepper adds an oomph to the flavors. You may also use Table salt, however, use a little less comparatively.
Cheese – Both Cheddar and Parmesan cheese would work. Although it is optional, if you have an extra 10 minutes, do not miss this step.
Olive Oil – Goof quality olive oil mixed with the seasoning dictates the flavors. However, you can use Vegetable or Sunflower oil. Bear in mind, the flavors will vary accordingly.
Feta Cheese and Rosemary make a fantastic topping to the smashed potatoes.
How to make Smashed Potatoes?
First, boil the potatoes in salted water and cook for 15 minutes or until soft.
Drain the potatoes into a colander and prepare the baking tray.
Brush olive oil on the baking tray and place the drained potatoes.
Gently crush the potatoes with a potato masher/fork, so that they remain in one piece.
Brush the potatoes with the seasoning mixture of olive oil, lime juice, rosemary, garlic, sea salt & pepper.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. This time can vary depending upon the size of the potatoes. So do check for the time.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese or vegetarian parmesan cheese and bake for another 5 minutes until they melt.
Top it with feta cheese and an extra helping of herbs and serve immediately.
Tips to make delicious Smashed Potatoes
Use New Potatoes – New Potatoes also known as baby potatoes works really well in this recipe. The new potatoes have a waxy crispy skin and are not mature enough like their fully-grown counterparts. They are also sweeter in taste as their sugars are converted into starch yet.
Cook the potatoes well and allow the potatoes to cool down, before being ready to crush/ smash.
Smash the Potatoes so that they are in one piece – Use a fork or a potato masher to smash/ crush gently until they are in one piece and not disintegrated.
Generous seasoning – Brush a generous serving of seasoning on the new potatoes.
Use good quality Olive Oil in this recipe for Smashed potatoes. They make a huge difference in flavors.
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Easy Crushed New Potatoes recipe below
- 450 g New Potatoes
- 2 Cloves Garlic minced
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- ½ -¾ tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 4 tbsp Cheddar Cheese
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil + 1 tsp for greasing
- 2 tsp Rosemary roughly chopped
- 75 g Feta Cheese crumbled
- Wash & Scrub Potatoes well and boil them in enough water with 1 Tsp of Salt until fork tender.
- In a small bowl, add Olive Oil, juice of a lime, a sea salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic. Mix well and set it aside.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease the baking sheetwith olive oil.
- Place the potatoes on the baking tray. Smash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher gently until they are in one piece. Do not press too hard as they may disintegrate.
- Generously brush the olive oil mixture over the potatoes and bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes..
- Sprinkle cheese on the potatoes and bake for 5 minutes or until they melt.
- Sprinkle crumbled Feta Cheese and Rosemary on the smashed potatoes and serve immediately. . Enjoy them as a side dish!