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Crispy Smashed Potatoes

These Crispy Smashed Potatoes are such a great side dish or appetizer. Perfect finger food for kids, 5 simple ingredients and delicious!


Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a white platter with dipping sauce in the middle.


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baby gemstone potatoes in a cooking pot.


Looking for a healthier alternative to french fries? Give these Crispy Smashed Potatoes a try!

Kids love these potatoes! They're boiled and roasted, not fried and they use olive oil instead of butter. They're simply seasoned with salt and pepper and garnished with chives for some freshness. The potato skins get super crispy, which I love the most.

Since we're using baby gemstone potatoes, they make the perfect finger food, just like fries. Gemstone potatoes are a variety red, yellow and purple baby potatoes. So colorful and so fun. You also get more nutrients from these potatoes because you don't peel them first. The skin contains all that goodness.

Serve them as a side for dinner or an appetizer for parties. They're always a favorite for us and hope they are for you as well!


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Shopping list:


  • baby gemstone potatoes
  • olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • chives


Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!


Recipe tips:


  • Yukon gold potatoes would work in this recipe if you can’t find gemstone potatoes. I like using gemstone because they are colorful. Always choose smaller sized waxy potatoes.
  • What exactly is a the difference between mashed and smashed potatoes? They both start out by getting boiled, the difference is what happens after they’re boiled. Mashed potatoes are mashed and smashed potatoes are baked until crispy. 
  • Do not peel the potatoes. You want the skin to crisp up in the oven.


butter being poured over smashed potatoes before roasting.


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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:


  • use butter instead of olive oil
  • add grated parmesan cheese
  • add minced garlic
  • add fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  • add freshly shredded cheddar cheese on top within the last 10 minutes of baking


Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a white platter.


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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family did!



Crispy Smashed Potatoes on a white platter with a recipe title text overlay.


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