Smashed Potatoes

Potatoes may be the ultimate comfort food. They’re carby, fluffy, and crispy. I mean, when was the last time you had a great heart-to-heart talk over a salad? No. You need some wine, you need some french fries, then the good gossip can begin.

Potatoes, I might add, are a great food to have around during a pandemic. They’re not exactly a pantry item, but if stored properly, can last a really long time. And there are few vegetables more versatile than the humble potato.

Smashed Potatoes

This recipe is a bit of a fancier, elevated potato, though. To make smashed potatoes, you want to use medium-sized new potatoes, not the huge baker ones. If you wanna get super fancy, you can mix yellow and purple potatoes for extra pizazz!

While I’d classify this as a side dish, I think in a pinch, smashed potatoes, along with a side salad would make a satisfying meal. I also save any leftovers and fry them up the next morning for some killer hash browns.

I make these smashed potatoes in my Breville Smart Oven Air, using the airfryer setting for that extra crispness…. You could easily bake them, though, in a shallow roasting pan or a cookie sheet, in a hot oven.

One more thing to love about the Breville Smart Oven Air: my teenager is actually cooking in it. It’s one of the ironic realities of my life that I am a food blogger and a cookbook author and I love to cook, and my child has never shown any interest.

Well, this past semester I was teaching on Thursday nights, and class goes from 5:30 to 8:30, so he started to need to be responsible for his own dinner. At first, I’d make him stuff he could microwave, but then we got this oven, and suddenly he was interested in how it worked. It’s super easy and not intimidating for him, so now he uses the microwave AND he uses the Breville Smart Oven Air, you guys! He makes himself bagels for breakfast, and for his solo dinners, I started buying him TV dinners. I know, not the healthiest choice, but there are some out there that are much healthier. He reads the package, figures it out himself, and honestly, you guys, we’re both way happier. Yay for independence and life skills!

Smashed Potatoes


  • 2.5lbs new potatoes, yellow or red or mixed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh garlic (2 cloves)
  • Chopped fresh or dried rosemary (1 tsp)


  1. Wash the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a pan big enough to accommodate them all without crowding, and fill with enough water to cover. Add about 1 tsp of salt to the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until you can pierce them with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet, and smush them with the bottom of a glass. Drizzle olive oil over each of the potatoes, then flip them a few times until they are thinly coated in olive oil. Transfer to the airfryer basket, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees and set the timer for 15 minutes. Pop the potatoes into the oven once it is preheated, and flip/stir once or twice while they are cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small pot on the stove, place 3-4 tbsp olive oil, and add the garlic and rosemary. Heat gently. You don’t want it to boil, you just want the garlic and rosemary to infuse the oil.
  5. Once the potatoes are done and are crispy on the edges, remove from the oven and then remove to a platter. Brush/drizzle the potatoes with the garlicky olive oil, season again with salt and pepper, and add a sprinkle of parmesan if you like.

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