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Time to make
Time to make:
45 minutes

Garlic Smashed Potatoes


If you like mashed potatoes, then you need to try smashed potatoes.



  • 1 pound baby red potatoes (or use Yukon Gold or fingerling potatoes)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add a pinch of salt. Bring water to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and let sit until cool enough to handle. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with melted butter, minced garlic and thyme leaves. Using the bottom of a small drinking glass or Mason jar, press down on potatoes to smash them into flat patties. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until bottoms of potatoes are beginning to crisp and Parmesan is golden, about 25 minutes.

Dietary and Nutrition


Are potatoes nutritious? The answer is YES! They are a nutritional bargain. A 5a-ounce potato has about 100 calories, no fat, 26 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 21 percent of the daily recommendation for potassium, 45 percent of the daily recommendation for vitamin C, and other nutrients, too.

Learn more about potatoes
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Home-grown potatoes, or those purchased at a farmers market or other venues, are a nutritious part of a healthy diet from early July until the following spring in northern areas.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.