Take a simple boiled spud and turn it into something wonderful like these crispy smashed potatoes. With no peeling involved, this idea is the perfect option for dinner party entertaining when you need to cut down on your prep time.
A crispy outer and soft and fluffy inside – there’s no doubt that these smashed spuds will be a crowd pleaser for any occasion.
Watch our how-to video to see just how easy these potatoes are! You’ll even have a little bit of fun with the “smashing” process of the recipe. Then, just add your favourite seasonings, pop these beauties in the oven and let them crisp up for a fantastic side dish.
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Should you make smashed potatoes in the oven or the deep fryer?
We chose to do this recipe in the oven, because it still achieves a yummy crispy skin but is a little lighter and a little easier to make.
However, you can certainly adapt this idea for a deep fryer. All you have to do is transfer the potatoes to a heated fryer instead of popping them in the oven. They will only need a 3-4 minutes and will come out crispy and golden.
Three ways to dress up your crispy smashed potatoes
We used a simple seasoning of rosemary and sea salt to create a classic flavour. However, you can certainly add other ingredients if you want to experiment. Here’s three ideas to get you inspired:
- Cheese + bacon
- Garlic oil + parmesan
- Sour cream + chives
Which potato is best for smashed potatoes?
Baby chat potatoes work perfectly for this recipe idea. By using a smaller variety of potato, you create a good ratio between the crispy skin outer and the fluffy inside which makes for a great finished result.
As there is no peeling involved in this recipe, it’s also important to use a washed variety. See our full guide to choosing the right potato for your recipe.
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