Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

by Marla on December 20, 2012 · 37 comments

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Oh boy did I have fun making these! Who knew that baking a big batch of potatoes could be so fun.

Smashing Perfect Baked Potatoes with the back of a chefs knife is entertainment at it’s finest….not to mention these taste amazing!

Lets smash….

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Have you ever smashed potatoes?

If not, now you must…..

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If you have smashed then you share a connection with me in the secret thrill of smashing……

There are various methods to do this ~ I use the flat side of a chefs knife.

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I mentioned on Facebook how much I LOVE my job. The fact that I get to take the simplest of foods ~ the potato~ and make it sexy.

I love to transform a simple character & turn it into a colorful piece…oh I love my job!

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I used Yukon Gold potatoes for this. They are the perfect size….and great for kid hands.

Should they choose to eat with their hands. I like to snack on these straight out of the fridge.

With my hands.

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Better yet right out of the oven when the cheese is all hot and melted. If you do that then please use a knife & fork so you don’t hurt your hands.


Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 3 pounds of smashed potatoes

Serving Size: 2 potatoes

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, cleaned and dried (use your favorite potato variety)
  • Olive Oil, Coconut OIl, Ghee or Butter
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • a few ounces shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • fresh herbs such as Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary. Your choice.
  • Optional
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scrub your potatoes with cool water and a soft brush, pat dry. Pierce with a fork or knife several times (this will help release the steam that builds up inside the potato as it cooks.) You need to do this so it doesn't explode in your oven. Rub potatoes liberally with oil/butter. Season all sides with garlic salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Lay them on a sheet pan of baking dish. Bake for about 45-60 minutes (depends on the size of your potatoes) The skin should pierce easily with a fork and the potato insides soft and fluffy.
  • Smashed
  • Set the broiler to low heat. Let the potatoes cool a bit and transfer them to a work surface. With the flat edge of a knife pressed up against the potato give it a firm push until the potato smashes.
  • Top each smashed potato with some parmesan cheese. Finish with fresh herbs and smoked paprika.
  • Serve with sour cream, butter, chili, you name it!

Smashed Potato Recipes

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa December 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

A wonderful idea and comforting dish.




2 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I am loving the SMASH shot. All those perfectly baked potatoes just smashed down :)

Beautiful flavors & great images, of course!


3 Marla December 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Thanks Averie! A great way to relax from a crazy day ~ smashing potatoes…..


4 Kevin @ Closet Cooking December 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Those look really good! I really should try smashed potatoes sometime soon!


5 Marla December 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Yes you should Kevin!


6 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

These are gorgeous, and look so lovely too!


7 Marla December 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thanks so much Katrina!


8 Donna December 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

“Smash” . . . is that a French technique??? What a fabulous easy festive way to spruce up potatoes!


9 Marla December 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Donna – I believe we need to make it a French word 😉


10 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit December 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Potato sexifier… I dare you to put that on a name tag next time you’re at an event! Yes, you do have a pretty sweet job. I’ve done the smashed potato thang and I’m totally with you, it’s a riot! Great work with the photos of the process, too!


11 Marla December 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Ha! Leanne you crack me up. Glad you understand the secret pleasures of smashing potatoes…..


12 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I love smashed potatoes, these look incredible!


13 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Yes please! Now that sounds delicious and easy, just what I like.


14 Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme December 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Hubby and I are potato kind of people. I was planning a football menu for Sunday that was lighter and healthier than traditional football food. Perfect recipe for that. Can’t wait to try it.


15 Nadia@LoveLiveandGarden December 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

They actually look really pretty. I wouldn’t imagine a smashed potato looking so appealing.


16 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 21, 2012 at 6:31 am

I love smashed potatoes, and what a great recipe for the holidays!!


17 Bev @ Bev Cooks December 21, 2012 at 6:53 am

Now THIS is my jam. Oh heck yes.


18 Marla December 21, 2012 at 6:54 am

I can see that Bev, yup I can.


19 Michelle | Creative Food December 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!


20 Faith December 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

I was looking for a new potato side to serve on Christmas – this will be perfect! Thanks so much, Marla! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. xo


21 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

I would have so much fun smashing potatoes! lol Great idea and I love the photos!


22 Deliciously Organic December 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

I love smashed potatoes! What a great addition to the holiday table!


23 HeatherChristo December 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

ooooh! These look fun and tasty! I like this a lot….


24 teresa December 21, 2012 at 10:32 am

You are speaking my language hear!
And your food styling is over the moon!
LOVE it all!


25 Laura | My Little Gourmet December 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

What a great idea to dress up potatoes. Love it! I’ll making these this weekend.


26 Lucy December 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Look at you go Ms Sexy Hot Potato! Love this idea,


27 Sandy McClay December 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

These look fabulous but can I ask where did you get those dishes???? Plaid plates…oh my!


28 Marla December 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Sandy….can you believe Target??!!


29 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I never thought that a potato can be so tempting! Love the idea of smashing. PS: Love the plates!!!


30 Brooke @ Food Woolf December 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Looks like a perfect job for a kid! Maybe a mallet, instead of a knife? :)


31 Marla December 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

Brooke a mallet is perfect – just didn’t have one handy.


32 MikeVFMK December 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

Love the smashed potatoes! Perfect side dish for the holidays. Merry Christmas Marla, to you and your family!


33 Jeanette December 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

My kids love smashed potatoes but I haven’t made them in a while – I know they’d love these!


34 Susan January 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

These sound delicious and I’d love to try them. I have one question: you turn on the broiler but don’t tell how long to broil those potatoes. Am I missing something? Thanks!


35 Marla January 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Hi Susan, a low broil for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted :)


36 shelly (cookies and cups) January 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

These look fantastic! Totally a way my family would love potatoes :)


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