Garlic Smashed Potatoes

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  • Garlic Smashed Potatoes make an impressive appetizer or easy side dish. They are boiled, smashed and baked with olive oil and garlic until crisp, then garnished with herbs or parmesan. 

    garlic smashed potatoes garnished with herbs

    Years ago, Pioneer Woman got me hooked on Crash Hot Potatoes. They make an irresistible appetizer and an incredible side dish – your pick! I’ve been mixing them up ever since making Smashed Sweet Potatoes, Smashed Potatoes (loaded) and am finally sharing our Garlic Smashed Potatoes with you today!

    The Tastes of the Season series is back with fall inspired appetizer recipes – you can follow the images below to find an appetizer for every fall occasion!

    garlic smashed potatoes on plate

    I love serving an easy appetizer that fills a cocktail plate. It feels a little more substantial, yet is really quick and easy to make a large batch.

    smashed potatoes on plate

    You can serve Garlic Smashed Potatoes directly from the sheet pan, on a platter or on individual plates. However you serve them, just prepare to do so quickly because they’re always a hit!

    They’re the perfect side dish for chicken, steak and more! I especially love them with these Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs!

    smashed potatoes

    They’re soft in the inside while the skin and exterior gets nice and crisp for a perfect bite every time.

    You can make these Garlic Smashed Potatoes with parmesan cheese, too if you’d like. I recommend using fine, fresh grated aged parmesan for the best flavor to garnish.

    How to Make Garlic Smashed Potatoes:

    • Boil potatoes.
    • Drizzle olive oil onto sheet pan. Arrange potatoes.
    • Smash potatoes with a masher.
    • Drizzle with olive oil.
    • Add garlic, slat and pepper.
    • Bake.

    What Kind of Potatoes to Use for Smashed Potatoes:

    Because of their size, new potatoes work best for Smashed Potatoes. New potatoes are any variety harvested before maturity. Round, red potatoes also work well. I used Yukon Gold for a muted color palette. These smaller varieties not only boil quickly, but also make the perfect serving size for an appetizer.

    garlic smashed potato appetizer

    What to Garnish Garlic Smashed Potatoes With:

    • your favorite herbs
    • fresh grated parmesan cheese
    • salt and pepper

    appetizer on plate

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    garlic smashed potatoes garnished with herbs
    5 from 6 votes

    Garlic Smashed Potatoes

    Garlic Smashed Potatoes make an impressive appetizer or easy side dish. They are boiled, smashed and baked with olive oil and garlic until crisp, then garnished with herbs or parmesan. 
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword appetizer, christmas, easy recipe, easy side, potatoes, side dish, thanksgiving
    Prep Time 3 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 43 minutes
    Servings 12


    • 12 small round potatoes of your choice
    • 3 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 Tbsp minced garlic*
    • salt
    • pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Boil potatoes until tender.
    3. Drizzle olive oil onto sheet pan. 
    4. Place potatoes on pan. Smash potatoes with a masher.
    5. Drizzle with olive oil.
    6. Add garlic, salt and pepper.
    7. Bake 27 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    Garlic is a personal choice - sprinkle on to your preference.

    You can garnish with herbs or parmesan after you remove from oven.

    More amazing fall appetizer recipes:

    Spinach Artichoke + Green Chile Dip by Ella Claire | Baked Garlic Knots by Sweet C’s | Savory Pumpkin Hummus by Zevy Joy | Spiced Warm Brie by Boxwood Avenue | Sea Salt Dinner Rolls and Herb Butter by House 214 Design

    Roasted Stuffed Figs by Town and Country Living | Cranberry Sweet Potato Rounds by Tidy Mom | Gluten Free Baked Brie by Taryn Whiteaker | Healthy Pumpkin Dip by Tidbits | Fig Prosciutto Sweet Potato Bites by The Chronicles of Home

    Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil by My Sweet Savannah | Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip by Inspired by Charm | Pumpkin Sheet Pan Nachos by Farmhouse of Boone | Everything but the Bagel Bubble Bread by Nest of Posies | Garlic Smashed Potatoes by Julie Blanner

    Olive Pecan Cheese Log by anderson + grant | Stuffed Peppers by Nesting with Grace | Chicken Cranberry Meatballs by Shabby Fu Fu | Chicken Pot Pie Bites by Nina Hendrick | Cranberry Almond Mini Cheese Ball Bites by Summer Adams

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