Smashed Potatoes – Oven Baked Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes – Oven Baked Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Potatoes are such a versatile vegetable and it is one of the best choices for appetizers. There are not many people who don’t like potatoes and when cooking for a crowd, this definitely is a choice of vegetable to go My little one is a die-hard fan of potatoes and would love for me to make it every day. Well, it sort of happens that even the parents love potatoes and when I make them, we end up eating it way more than we should be. These smashed potatoes are really addictive and even if you are not a big potato fan, you will end up eating a ton of these. The only consolation I had for myself after I ate way too many of these smashed potatoes were that, at least they are baked and not fried.

I have used the basic seasoning here like salt, pepper and garlic powder for the potatoes, but you could try out different other combinations. I also used some Mexican blend cheeses on top, which can be very replaced with parmesan. All it needed was some sour cream to go with it, but I am thinking of making something more garlicky next time (like garlic aioli) to go with it.

Make sure you shop for some really tiny potatoes. I used red potatoes here, but the yellow potatoes should work well. Just make sure you hunt for similar sized, small potatoes.

Smashed Potatoes – Oven Baked Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

My other recipes this Marathon – 

 

Soups
Appetizers / Snacks
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – about an hour (includes baking time as well)
Difficulty level – easy
Recipe adapted from – Better Homes and Gardens

Smashed Potatoes – Oven Baked Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients –

  • Red tiny potatoes – 15
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste
  • Garlic powder – 2 tsp
  • Olive oil – 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Mexican blend cheese – ¼ cup
  • Sour cream – to serve
  • Cilantro – to garnish

Procedure –

  • Boil water in a large pot and add salt to the water. Place the potatoes in boiling water and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Make sure that they are not mushy, but cooked all the way through. It took me about 25 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and let it cool down a bit.
  • Grease a baking sheet and place the potatoes on the sheet.
  • Using the back of a glass or a cup, press down on each potato to flatten it. Make sure they still are in one piece and just smashed.
  • Brush liberally with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Bake at 425 F, for about 10 – 12 minutes. Now take the pan out and flip the potatoes and brush them with olive oil again. If preferred, season again with salt and pepper and bake for 10 to 12 more minutes or until golden brown and the edges are crispy.
  • Sprinkle cheese on the potatoes and bake them for 2 to 3 minutes more or until the cheese has melted.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve the smashed potatoes with a dollop of sour cream.
Smashed Potatoes – Oven Baked Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

 

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18 thoughts on “Smashed Potatoes – Oven Baked Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

  1. I love smashed potatoes because you really get all those crispy little parts making them the perfect counterpart to the creaminess of the potato. And I of course love cheese, so I love this recipe!

  2. There is nothing I love more than potatoes and cheese, I could happily survive on them only and would not even complain once. I really want to make these smashed potatoes for my little one, although she adores cheese just like mummy, I can’t seem to get her to eat potatoes, so I am thinking that I could probably trick her if they are nice and cheesy.Such a great recipe, I just love it!

  3. Oh, I love the simplicity of this dish! What a great appetizer or even a great side dish. I imagine these things could be dolled up too to fit any occasion. Like, adding crumbled bacon or sliced green onions. Or finely diced tomatoes and shredded lettuce. I cant’ wait to try these – and baking rather than frying is even better!

  4. I love smash potatoes! The combination of textures is amazing. From the crispy bits to the creaminess of the center. This is a perfect dish to serve as an appetizer or as part of a main dish. Super yum!!

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