These Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside with a burst of rosemary garlicky flavor. They are so easy to make and packed full of flavor. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter but easy enough to make as a side dish in the week.
Can I just say that I truly appreciate all the wonderful ways we can eat potatoes? And here’s a relatively new way that I finally got around to trying…it’s not mashed potatoes, it’s smashed potatoes! And smashing is half the fun of this recipe! The other half is eating the final product, of course.
A healthier potato side dish recipe
We are having a turkey dinner for Christmas Eve and instead of serving mashed potatoes, we decided to make these Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes. They are pretty healthy because unlike the traditional mashed potatoes I like to make for Thanksgiving, there’s no need for butter, milk or sour cream in this potato side dish.
How to make rosemary garlic smashed potatoes
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and in a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well.
Lightly oil a baking sheet, and arrange potatoes on the pan. Try to leave about an inch of space between potatoes, which will help with the crispy factor. Then, using a potato masher or fork, carefully smash the potatoes until they flatten, but still remain in one piece.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic and rosemary, and drizzle the mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle with additional rosemary, if desired. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown
Top tips to make this rosemary garlic smashed potato recipe
- Don’t over boil the potatoes, they should be fork tender, not falling apart.
- Don’t smash the potatoes too heavily, they need to remain in tact.
- Don’t overcrowd the potatoes on the baking sheet, this will help them to get nice and crispy.
Frequently asked questions
What are the best potatoes to use?
Use small red potatoes for this recipe, they look pretty as well as being super fluffy and crispy when baked. No need to peel the either!
What’s the difference between smashed and mashed potatoes?
Smashed potatoes are more similar to roasted potatoes rather than mashed. They have a crispy outside and are soft and fluffy in the middle. I love the texture you get with these compared to mashed potatoes and they are loaded with flavor without the need for butter and cream.
Are rosemary garlic smashed potatoes easy to make?
The cool thing about it is you just need to worry about boiling the potatoes until they are tender and then baking until they’re crispy. Every other detail of this recipe can be ignored, altered or enhanced to your liking. So you can really have fun with this recipe and step up your potato side-dish game like three notches easily!
You just need some olive oil, garlic and herbs, which is perfect if you’re looking for a vegan variety. And I think the flavor will be really enhanced with the other turkey trimmings we’ll be making for Christmas Eve! Looking forward to having the rest of the family test these babies!
For more potato recipes
- Air Fryer Potatoes
- Lebanese Spicy Potatoes
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
- Oven Baked French Fries
- Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
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Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- 18 small red potatoes
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic pressed
- 1-2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
- sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain and well.
- Lightly oil a baking sheet, and arrange potatoes on the pan. Try to leave about an inch of space between potatoes, which will help with the crispy factor.
- Using a potato masher or fork, carefully smash the potatoes until they flatten, but still remain in one piece.
- In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic and rosemary, and drizzle the mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle with additional rosemary, if desired. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown