By Jewelies on May 23, 2005
Photo by Derf
Photo by Derf
"Use your favourite herbs and spices to top these tasty, crunchy potatoes. Our family love a pinch of cayenne pepper, cumin and caraway seeds. I also like to dab the potatoes with a bit of butter before cooking."
Serving Size: 1 (685 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Yummy! I used garlic powder, dill, salt & pepper. These were so easy, I will definitely make them again and again! Thanks for a great way to make potatoes"
"Loved this method.....used kosher salt and cracked black pepper....then decided to add a bit of garlic powder and a little season all. We will definitely be making these again!"
"Yummo, crispy, crunchy & just awesome..I topped mine with a little ground salt & pepper & some chives from the garden.."
"What a creative way to serve taters! Once I had boiled them, instead of using a potato masher, I put them on a plate. Then with another plate of the same size, I lightly "smashed" them to perfection! Instead of olive oil, I sprayed them wtih a butter-flavored cooking spray, sprinkled with salt and pepper and topped each with a pinch of fresh parmesan cheese. Baked for about 20 minutes, they were very impressive!"
"Who knew that there was another entirely new delicious way to prepare potatoes! I discovered this method when one of my friends served this as a side dish. These potatoes have an awesome flavor, even with just a few simple ingredients. My friend served them without the herb topping, simply brushing them with the olive oil, and sprinkling kosher salt and cracked fresh pepper on each one. She 'smashes' each potato with a folded cloth napkin using the palm of her hand. I have made these several times since that dinner and they have always turned out well. I had to guess on the temperature and time, as she didn't mention that part, so it's nice to use this recipe as a reference. If I don't have a clean cloth napkin, I use a clean pot holder to smash the potatoes, as I don't want to use a kitchen towel, and risk transferring little hairs. Next time I make this, I might mince a clove or two of garlic, mix it with the oil, and brush this on the potatoes prior to baking. Thanks for posting this recipe, as I think it's such a delicious and elegant side dish to serve."
"Boom! This was PERFECT! Thank you so much! Better than the Cook's Illustrated method I've used. I think boiling the taters gives them the best flavor. Used small yukon golds and the recommended cayenne-carrway-cumin and the spice mixture was amazeballs. I smooshed the potatoes between two clean cloth napkins for the best control."
"These were so easy and so flavorful. I used two medium sized baking potatoes as that's what I had and Instead of boiling first I used the microwave and that worked great - then I used fennel seeds, then followed the suggested herbs with an added sprinkle of cayenne pepper as DH likes a kick to his food. He also topped his with some butter and a little sour cream. Me, I had mine as directed and loved it. Such a flavorful side to the baked tilapia I'd made to serve, this is going to be used often and is open to such a wide variety of spices. Thanks so much for posting."
"Awesome recipe! My husband's addicted to baked potatoes but I'm kinda over it right now... It seems like every meat & vege meal I make these days has to have baked potatoes... yawn!! This recipe is a great alternative & so easy! They look really effective too! I spooned over some crushed garlic, chopped rosemary & sprinkled with lemon pepper & salt. They were wonderful. Thank you :)"
"wow the real star of our dinner party! they were a huge success, everyone wanted more. and the recipe. the touch of cayenne was perfect with the other herbs and spices. I will be making them again and often, they turned out lovely and crisp and sooo tasty! I used olive oil to drizzle on them before roasting. It was great to be able to make them the day before and have them ready to roast for the dinner. I used tiny new red potatoes. Thanks for posting !!"
"These are great and look impressive. I made these for a side dish with our steaks. Thank you for sharing."
"These were fun to make and the kids got a big kick out of them on the plate. thanks."
"Great easy recipe and a good way of doing a quick tasty side with at hand ingredients. Served it with a pot roast and will use again."
"I originally came on here to find a recipe for smashed-mashed potatoes but I saw this and I had to try it. These were a nice compromise between baked potatoes/sliced-up roasted potatoes. I made it with yellow, petite red, & purple/blue potatoes. The ones I thought turned out the best in terms of both texture and flavor were the smaller reds that were more "exploded" smashed than those that smashed into a more compact/hockey puck shape- they had the perfect touch of crispness to them. What I didn't enjoy about a few of the bigger potatoes I used was that they retained a little too much moisture from the boiling and were smoother textured inside than I would have liked, though this probably could have been fixed by smashing them out more before hand and roasting a bit longer. Anyway, I really enjoyed this recipe. :D"
"I made these today with a filet & salad didn't want a boring baked potato. I cut it down since it's only the 2 of us & used small red skinned potatoes. I used a sprinkle of cumin, red pepper, salt & ground pepper on them, drizzled olive oil on them & baked them at 425* for 20 mins. They came out nice & soft on the inside & crispy on the outside. Thanks for a great recipe & will be making these a lot!"
"I made this using small red potatoes from the Farmer's Market using recipe #24917. Outstanding! There are so many different ways this can be made and I'm going to try a bunch of them! Thanks for posting this simple but delicious recipe."
"One of those recipes that makes you slap yourself upside the head and say "now why didn't I think of that?" These taters were delicious and will be made often...the possibilities are endless! Thanks for a great recipe!"
"Great with onion and garlic powder, and rosemary! I loved the technique used and will change up the spices and herbs from time to time. Great basic recipe and idea!"
"Yay! I knew how to make these but wanted some directions, especially since I'm getting some easy recipes together for my husband to try out. My husband really really liked these! I used parsley and tarragon and served with blackened skin salmon, greens and hollondaise sauce. Yum!"
"Scaled this back for 3 of us and used 7 chat potatoes (2 for me and the DM and 3 for the DS). I used caraway seeds and fresh sweet basil. The DM wasn't going to eat hers (thought I may have that problem as she doesn't like potatoe in their skin) but I asked her to take a bite to give me an opinion and she gobbled up the lot) - don't think anything more needs to be said. Thank you Jewelies, made as a recipenap for Recipe Swap #28 - May 2009. UPDATE - we have had this several times now and it is the ONLY way I can get the DM to eat potatoe with skin on - a sure fire winner with me."