Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic and Chives

Okay, so “smashed” potatoes are sometimes considered just a lazy way of making mashed potatoes. And indeed, they take a lot less effort. But smashing them is also an excellent way to get butter and herbs into all of the nooks and crannies of the potato, while still retaining the potato’s texture. Spring new potatoes smash up great, as do buttery Yukon Golds.

Most recipes for smashed potatoes (there are links to several from other food bloggers at the bottom of the recipe) call for boiling the potatoes to cook them. In this recipe, you essentially bake them in a pot in the oven. They cook in their own moisture while they are bathed in butter. Baking them in a pot prevents them from drying out too much to smash easily, yet keeps them dry enough to fluff up well.

Do you have a favorite way to make smashed potatoes? Please let us know about it in the comments.

Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic and Chives Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 3 to 6.


  • 1-2 pounds new potatoes or Yukon Golds
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced chives or green onion greens


1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put the potatoes in a medium oven-proof pot (with a cover) and add about 1 tablespoon of the butter, cut into pieces. Cover and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

2 Take the potatoes out and mix them so they’re coated with butter. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt. Return to the oven, cover, and cook for another 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how large the potatoes are.

3 To test for doneness, poke a potato with a fork. If the fork penetrates easily, they're done. When the potatoes are nice and soft, remove the pot from the oven and, using a potato masher, crush each potato. Don’t pound them into oblivion, just crush them. Toss with the garlic and remaining butter. Add more salt to taste.

Sprinkle chives on the potatoes to serve.

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Lori's skillet smashed potatoes - from Heidi of 101 Cookbooks
Wasabi smashed potatoes from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Smashed potatoes with chives and cream cheese from Ezra Pound Cake
Parmesan smashed potatoes from
Roasted garlic smashed potatoes from Angel in the Kitchen
Truffle bourbon smashed potatoes from Kimberly Bell

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  • Tracy Smith

    Boil (or microwave) new potatoes until -just- done. Crush with a wooden spoon, you are looking for the potatoes to be in fairly large irregular pieces. Toss in a good amount of sea salt, pepper and olive oil and bake in a hot oven until all the bits are golden brown, turn a couple of times to brown evenly. Add some smoked paprika and cayenne with the salt and pepper for a nice twist.
    Baked smashed potatoes are a beautiful thing. A dollop of garlicy and chivey creme fraiche on the top, and dinner is served. (They’re also good a side dish)

  • Elsmarie Norby

    I have made smashed potatoes for many years –
    and more recently, since I’ve been living in Mexico, I use cilantro instead of chives – YUM!

  • Paula

    This is one of my favorite preparations for Smashed Red Potatoes with Garlic Aioli Sauce: Boil 2# red skinned new potatoes until just tender. Drain and place in a glass baking dish. Press down gently on each potato just to break open. Pour 4 oz. melted unsalted butter over them. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven until well browned and crispy (about 40 minutes).
    Top with Roasted Garlic Aioli: Put 4 peeled raw garlic cloves in 1/2 cup mild oil (suggest canola or mild olive oil) in a sauce pan. Heat slowly until the garlic is golden (watch carefully so as not to overcook the garlic which will become too bitter.) Remove from the heat and cool. In a blender, puree the garlic cloves (not the oil) & 2 egg yolks. Add 2 teas. Grey Poupon mustard, 2 teas. white vinegar, juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 teas. white pepper, 1/4 teas. salt; puree until frothy. Drizzle in roasted garlic oil with the machine running; add 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil again with the machine running. Taste & adjust seasonings. This is transport you to Heaven but you can’t be worried about calories or cholesterol.

  • Tracey

    I never thought of baking the potatoes, but I will definitely try that. I’ll still use the 1 tbl of butter while they are roasting, but instead of adding more butter when I’m smashing them, I’ll use extra virgin olive oil. It gives the potatoes such a light flavor.

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