These easy Greek Smashed Potatoes are the perfect side dish which pair well with just about anything.
The potatoes are first boiled, drained and smashed. Then a garlic butter is added on top with graviera, feta or other cheese and broiled until the cheese melts.
Potatoes are a staple in many cuisines around the world, and for good reason. They are affordable, versatile, and oh so tasty!
One of my favorite ways to enjoy potatoes is by making smashed potatoes, a delicious and easy side dish.
What are smashed potatoes, you ask?
As the name suggests, smashed potatoes are potatoes that have been boiled until tender, then smashed. They can be fried in a pan, roasted in the oven or the air fryer, until crispy on the outside.
The result is a crispy, creamy, and oh-so-delicious side dish that pairs well with just about anything.
These tasty smashed potatoes pair well with just about anything to make it a meal.
One of the best things about smashed potatoes is that they are super easy to make. All you need is some potatoes, a bit of oil or butter, and a pinch of salt. You can also add in any herbs,or spices you like to give them an extra kick of flavor.
What is the origin of smashed potatoes?
The exact origin of smashed potatoes is difficult to trace, as potatoes have been a staple food in many cultures for centuries. However, the method of boiling, smashing, and pan-frying potatoes is a common cooking technique that has been around for a long time.
It’s possible that smashed potatoes, or a dish similar to them, have been made in various cultures around the world for centuries.
Actually, I do remember making something similar, many decades ago. We just didn’t call them smashed potatoes!
Potatoes are a relatively inexpensive and widely available ingredient, so it’s likely that people have been coming up with creative ways to prepare them for a long time.
In recent years, smashed potatoes have gained popularity as a trendy and delicious side dish.
They can be found on the menus of many restaurants and have become a popular recipe to make at home.
Regardless of their exact origin, smashed potatoes are now enjoyed by people all over the world.
How to make smashed potatoes
To make smashed potatoes, start by boiling your potatoes in a pot of salted water until they are tender.
I like to use small potatoes, as they are easier to smash and cook more evenly. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and let them cool for a few minutes.
Then, place them on a cutting board and gently smash them with a fork or potato masher.
Heat a bit of oil or butter in a pan over medium heat.
Once the pan is hot, add the smashed potatoes and sprinkle them with a pinch of salt.
Cook the potatoes for a few minutes on each side, or until they become crispy and golden brown.
Serve them hot, topped with a sprinkle of your favorite herbs or spices.
In the oven:
Boil the baby potatoes for 15 minutes and drain them.
Grease a shallow pan and put the smashed potatoes in it. Sprinkle with some salt and herbs and wet them well with olive oil.
Add a few whole cloves of garlic with their skin on as well as some sprigs of rosemary for more aroma.
Stir the potatoes to coat them well.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC or 180ºC (fan forced).
Place the tray on the middle rack and bake for about 30 minutes, turning them once, until they become golden brown and crispy.
If you like, you can add some cheese on top, 5 minutes before they are ready, and let it melt.
Boil the potatoes until they can be pierced with a fork. Drain and smash them.
Brush them with a little butter or olive oil and put some cheese on top, if you like.
Broil them for 7 – 8 minutes or until the cheese melts.
In the Airfryer
Boil the baby potatoes until they can be pierced with a fork. Drain and smash them.
If using bigger potatoes, choose medium sized potatoes, boil them with the skin on, until they can be pierced by a fork (but not completely done).
Cut them in 4 pieces and add some garlic butter on top.
Put them in the basket of air fryer and cook them using the program for the French Fries (180oC for 15 minutes). Give them an extra 5 minutes if you want them more crunchy.
Any way you choose to cook them, they will become finger licking delicious!
They are delicious on their own, but you can also serve them with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of grated cheese if you want to make them extra indulgent.
Smashed potatoes are a simple and tasty side dish that is sure to please the whole family.
- 700 grams potatoes (12 - 14 small potatoes)
- 1 tsp salt
- 25 grams extra virgin olive oil
- 25 grams butter
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 1 clove garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 40 grams graviera
- 40 grams feta
- Wash and scrub the potatoes
- Boil them in salted water until they can be pierced by a fork, for about 20 - 30 minutes, depending on their size.
- In the meantime, put the olive oil, butter, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor and mix to make the garlic butter.
- When the potatoes are done, drain them but without adding cold water
Pat dry them with kitchen paper,
- Put them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and break them with a potato masher.
- Add some garlic butter on top, while they are still hot.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan).
- Top with feta and graviera or other cheese.
- Broil them for 7 - 8 minutes, or until the cheese starts browning.
- They can accompany any roasted meat dish, such as fish, pork, chicken etc.
Nutrition InformationYield 14 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 4mgSodium 204mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g
"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."
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