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The Best Garlic Smashed Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
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Oh hi, these are the best garlic smashed potatoes around town. The potatoes are perfectly crispy and they have a delicious garlic sauce to drizzle on top!


  • 1 ½ pounds red potatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves mashed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary remove from the stems and roughly chop
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme remove from the stems and roughly chop
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Balsamic Drizzle (Optional)

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove.
  • Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes, and set a timer for 15-16 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the sauce for the potatoes.
  • To do that, whisk together the olive oil, mashed garlic, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • When your timer goes off, test the potatoes for doneness, by poking one of them with a fork - if it comes out easily, then the potatoes are done. If it doesn't, add an extra minute or two of boil time.
  • Once the potatoes are done, remove from the pot from the heat and drain all of the water.
  • Next, preheat oven to 450.
  • Rub some olive oil all over a baking sheet (this is so the potatoes get extra crispy).
  • Line up the potatoes on the oiled baking sheet.
  • Use the bottom of a glass/mug to smash each potato, about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.
  • Next, coat the potatoes evenly with the mixture that you prepared earlier.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the potatoes are nice and crispy - ovens vary and so does the thickness of your potatoes, so just keep an eye on them, and remove from the oven at your desired time.
  • If you are going to make the balsamic drizzle, simply whisk together the ingredients and drizzle it evenly over the baked potatoes!

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