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Smashed Potatoes

Crisp, fluffy, flavorful. Smashed potatoes are an unexpected appetizer recipe for get-togethers and a perfect side for dinner.


2 lbs. baby red or yellow potatoes, 1 1/2 to 2″ diameter
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Garlic salt, to taste
Black pepper, freshly cracked, to taste
3/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
2 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped, to garnish


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt. Add potatoes, reduce heat to a low boil and cook until potatoes are tender and can be pierced with a fork (25–30 minutes).
  2. Drain potatoes in a colander and allow to cool (5–10 minutes).
  3. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  4. Pat potatoes dry with paper towels and space them evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  5. Using a potato masher, fork or flat bottom of a drinking glass, smash the potatoes gently to avoid breaking them apart. Thinner potatoes will end up crispier; thicker will be fluffier.
  6. Drizzle potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt and cracked black pepper, and bake 15 minutes. Flip and season the opposite sides; return to the oven and bake about 15 minutes or until potatoes have crispy, golden brown edges.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and return to the oven until cheese is melted (2–3 minutes).
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Vegan option: Simply eliminate parmesan cheese.

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A great host takes care of every little detail, especially when it comes to helping guests celebrate responsibly. For every occasion you plan, be sure to serve food, provide nonalcoholic options, and offer a safe ride home.

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