Parmesan Smashed Potatoes


This comforting side dish is like a rustic version of mashed potatoes. To make it, simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes (unpeeled), smash them with a dinner fork, and mix them with butter, Parmesan cheese and seasonings. So easy…and everyone loves it. Truthfully, I don’t make them as often as I’d like because it renders both my husband and me totally helpless in the self-control department. It goes without saying, but if you’re watching your carbs, these are a little dangerous to have around.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
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Serves 4-6


2 pounds baby red potatoes, sliced in half (make sure they’re all about the same size so they cook evenly)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh chives, finely chopped (optional)


1. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook potatoes until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.

2. Use a slotted spoon or hand-held strainer to transfer cooked potatoes to a shallow bowl or serving dish. Reserve hot cooking water. Top potatoes with butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, salt and pepper. Use a fork to smash the potatoes, adding cooking liquid as necessary to make potatoes as creamy as you like (I usually add about a ½ cup total). Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Sprinkle fresh chives over top and serve.

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  • lisi

    looks delicious!

  • Just bought all of the ingredients so I can make this tomorrow night :)

  • Heather

    I made this the other night and it was delicious and so easy. I used a potato masher and it was much easier than a fork. Also, I doubled the parmesan cheese so there was extra flavor. Extra yummy!

  • simple but i know it must be divine! i can’t wait to try it!

  • Add some cream cheese. Heaven!

  • Amy Bridgford

    Sounds really good. I’m gonna try it this week with some steaks :)

  • Amy Flick

    Smashed potato heaven!

  • Adrienne

    I’m trying this this weekend with a steak! Yummo!

  • Liesel

    We made these last night and served with steaks and steamed farmer’s market broccoli. Easy to make and big hit with the teens. Started out by using a potato masher to save my poor wrists, but a fork ended up working so much better. Another great recipe to add to our regular rotation! Thank you, Jenn.

  • Emily Pedersen

    I love cheese and I love potatoes so I was excited to try this recipe. It exceeded my expectations which is rare since I am quite picky about my potatoes. Great recipe!

  • Mark

    These have become the new standard for mashed potatoes in my home, but my family likes it with cheddar cheese instead of parmesan. I find they work great either way.

  • Julie Backas

    My family loves these simple potatoes. Next time I plan to try adding a crushed garlic clove or two to the mix.

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