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Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"The key to perfect smashed potatoes is completely chilling the parboiled potatoes before smashing, which gives you plenty of time to infuse some butter with garlic and herbs for drizzling over top. Roasted, the potatoes will end up crispy, buttery, and crusty on the outside, with a light, fluffy interior. It's like taking the best parts of home fries, mashed potatoes, French fries, and potato pancakes, and smashing them all together."
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9 h 30 m servings 138
Original recipe yields 16 servings (16 smashed potatoes)


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  1. Place potatoes into a 5-quart stockpot and cover with 3 quarts of cold water. Add kosher salt and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently until potatoes are just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain well. Let potatoes cool just until they're safe to handle.
  2. Transfer potatoes onto a sheet pan and continue cooling to room temperature. Make 4 or 5 shallow cuts down the sides of each potato, about every inch or so, to ensure the skin splits evenly when smashed. Refrigerate until completely chilled and ready to smash; 8 hours to overnight is best.
  3. Combine butter, sliced garlic, rosemary, and thyme in a small pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter melts and begins to bubble, and garlic softens and starts to turn translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C). Line 2 metal baking sheets with silicone baking mats (such as Silpat(R)) and generously brush on some of the infused melted butter.
  5. Remove potatoes from the fridge and gently smash each between two pieces of plastic using a flat, heavy object until 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick. Season generously with salt, pepper, and cayenne on both sides, being careful not to break potatoes up into small pieces. Transfer onto a sheet pan, being careful not to overlap potatoes. Very generously drizzle and brush most of the melted butter on top.
  6. Bake potatoes in the preheated oven until well browned and crunchy around the edges, 35 to 45 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, place the pan with the remaining garlic and herb butter back over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until garlic starts to turn a very light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.
  8. Carefully transfer potatoes onto a serving platter and scatter over the golden brown slices of garlic. Crumble the toasted herbs on top if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 138 calories; 6 19.9 2.6 15 17 Full nutrition

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I've made this several times (even prior to Chef John posting it). This is one of my "go-to" recipes. Here are the two simple KEYS to this recipe turning out well: 1) DO NOT overcook you...

Smashing the potatoes was so much fun, that it's easy to get all the kids to help and keep distracted. I recommend adding sage to the butter if you have any. It was a hit for thanksgiving dinner.

My husband found this recipe on YouTube and made enough yummy noises that I decided to give it a try. I substituted a pinch of dried herbs for the fresh and cut back a bit of the salt. They were...

Turned out awesome. Followed directions and they were crispy and very flavorful.

Not sure I'd make this again. Despite following the directions, every potato fell apart when pounded and transferred to the baking sheet. They did taste good, however, even though they looked le...