So excited to share this recipe for Smashed and Roasted Parmesan Potatoes with you! I have to admit it’s more of a method than a recipe because you really can make it your own very easily following the same technique.
Here’s a little of the back story. We recently celebrated Little Boy #1’s tenth birthday with the whole family, which really means he’s not so little anymore! We had grilled chicken, corn on the cob, watermelon, potatoes, and chocolate cake – all his summertime favorites.
Whenever I’m in charge of food for a big group (this time about 20) I get SO nervous about having enough. I basically keep adding food until the very last minute and then just start praying for the best. It’s really stressful and I wish I could get over it and just let enough be enough. Maybe you can relate?
Of course, we had WAY too much food, and I ended up taking a lot of food home. So we’ve been having chicken all week (chicken tacos, chicken quesadillas, chicken salad… ) and I also had a good amount baked red potatoes to use up.
In order to give the potatoes a bit of a facelift, I decided to do this smash and roast method and then top them with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I cut a small “x” in the top of the potato and then smashed it with the bottom of a glass jar. To get them nice and crisp, I drizzled butter drizzled over the top, along with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and dried herbs (I used basil and parsley) and then I cranked that oven up roasted them until they were browned and crisp on the edges. I could never turn down a crispy potato, friends. These are so delicious! I’m assuming you don’t have leftover potatoes in your fridge right now so I wrote this recipe starting with raw potatoes.
They turned out to be so amazing, I had to share them with you. I think they are definitely worth that extra step and smashing and roasting. I love the hint of herbs, the contrast of the crispy potato skins and creamy insides, and the fresh parmesan just barely melted over the top. So good!!! Try them!
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- 12 medium sized red potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 4 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Scrub potatoes clean, then dry well, then place them in a large bowl with olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 45-55 minutes (depending on their size), or until tender when poked with a fork.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and turn the heat to 450 degrees. Use a sharp knife to cut an “x” on the top of each potato. Use the bottom of a glass to smash the potato, exposing the inside, but keeping the skin on the bottom intact as much as possible.
- Drizzle butter over the top of each smashed potato and then sprinkle with herbs, and more salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes or until edges are crisp and browned.
- Remove from the oven, cool for 5 minutes, and then sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese.