Hi! I'm a potato person and I'm back with another potato fiend recipe. Nothing gives me more comfort than potatoes - of any kind - filling my belly. And yes, I realize crispy smashed potatoes have been done nearly to death on the internet. Everyone thinks they have the best magical way to get the potatoes as crispy as possible. There is really no secret here. A combination of olive oil and butter is really the only way to get them crispy. All butter will burn and all olive oil isn't enough to crisp them. It must be a combo of the two. There. Secret revealed. Let's move on.
Smashing things can be good for you
The reason I'm making this recipe is simply because I had never made them before this blog post. This seems impossible given my well-known addiction to all things potatoes. Yet there I was, alone in the world one day, dreaming of potatoes (of course). I was listening to comedians on Pandora and one of my favorite bits, by Paul F. Tompkins, was playing. It's a hilarious story about those smashed pennies you can get at a carnival. One of the lines is, "I hate pennies, I love smashing things." Since my whole life is food these days as I'm building this website, "smashing things" reverberated in my brain.
Smashed potatoes: I have to make them. That was the message I received from the universe. And I always follow messages from the universe that involve potatoes. Crispy smashed potatoes are a perfect anytime food. You can make them as a snack, a side dish or a brunch offering. They are versatile and totally low maintenance to make! You can choose from many toppings. I went with a loaded mini potato skin vibe with chives, scallion, sour cream and bacon bits!
If you're looking for other yummy snacky treats, you simply must try my Fancy French Fries with Garlic Butter and Parmesan or my Crispy Thai Pork Toast.Print