I get really excited about these crispy smashed potatoes. I'm excited right now just typing about them. I wish I had some... And I'm really excited to share them with you! These crispy smashed potatoes are obviously meant to be a side dish, but I made them the other day just because - all by themselves. It seemed like the right thing to do, and it was. I burn my mouth every time I make them because I have to eat a few of them straight off the sheet pan. Once you make them, you'll understand why. They are crispy and salty, but the insides are still soft and pillowy. They can accompany anything - fish, chicken, beef, eggs. Give me a bowl of these crispy oven-roasted potatoes with a runny-yolked egg on top and I'm a happy girl!
These crispy smashed potatoes are so versatile
I have been making these for years. Now, crispy smashed potatoes are all the rage but I promise I made them before they were trendy! I call these "with herbs" because you can really use any hearty herb while roasting them: bay, rosemary, thyme, oregano or a combination. And you can toss on any soft herb just before serving: chives, parsley, tarragon, or dill. You pick! And if herbs aren't your thing, you can't go wrong with just salt and pepper. The spicing and herbing is completely up to you. Be creative and use what you love! I grew up eating my dad's rosemary roasted potatoes, so I have to add it, and I add salt, bay leaves, and garlic to the water anytime I boil potatoes - whether for mashed potatoes, potato salad, or these wonderful babies. It really adds something, but again, this is totally up to you.
- First, we boil these potatoes until they are just tender. Meanwhile, the pancetta is getting crispy in the oven - on the same sheet pan we will roast these taters on.
- Once the potatoes are tender, we drain them and add them to the sheet tray. This is when the fun starts.
- Place another sheet tray on top and press down all over to smash the potatoes. Don't go too crazy - we don't want mashed potatoes. You will feel them popping under the pressure - really fun!
- Alternatively, you can use a flat bottomed jar or drinking glass to smash each one.
- Then, just toss them back in the oven and roast until crispy and perfect!
I hope you'll give these tasty taters a try! Let me know if you do by leaving a comment and rating below! xo - Anita
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