Smashed Potatoes

Family-friendly and easy to make, smashed potatos are a popular side dish that everyone enjoys.

Potatoes are a classic side dish that goes well with many main dishes, but even classics can benefit from a change. If you add a few simple steps and some interesting spice blends, you’ll make the ordinary extraordinary with crispy homemade smashed potatoes.

How to Make Smashed Potatoes

Family-friendly and easy to make, smashed potatos are a popular side dish that everyone enjoys.

Homemade Smashed Potatoes

A fresh approach to an old favourite. Smashed potatoes are a whole new way to enjoy this versatile vegetable, delivering big flavour with every bite.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4 people


  • large pan to boil potatoes
  • colander
  • roasting tray
  • baking paper
  • potato masher or large fork


Your choice of potatoes

  • 700 g small potatoes, unpeeled (12-14) note: baby charisma or nicola potatoes work well
  • 1-1.2 kg medium potatoes, unpeeled (6-8) note: sebago, white washed or red washed
  • 1 tbsp salt, for boiling
  • 50 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 30 g Big Dog Spices blend (we recommend: Chook Salt or Coat of Arms work brilliantly with these potatoes; or why not try some spicy potatoes with our Peri Good Salt)
  • parsley, fined chopped as garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 220 °C
  • Scrub any dirt from potatoes (you will not be peeling them)
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add potatoes and salt
  • Boil potatoes until they are soft (about 20-25 minutes for small potatoes and 30 minutes for medium)
  • Drain the potatoes and leave them in the colander for five minutes to increase the crispiness of the potatoes
  • Place potatoes on a baking sheet and smash (press down on each potato) using a potato masher or fork. If you prefer crispier potatoes, press them thin if you like a fluffy inside, press with less force—the more bumps on the surface, the better the crunch.
  • Allow smashed potatoes to rest for about five minutes, then drizzle with melted butter and olive oil. Season and lightly coat the potatoes with your choice of Big Dog Spices seasoning.
  • Bake the smashed potatoes for 45 minutes (small potatoes) to 55 minutes (medium) or until deep golden and crispy. Do not flip!
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with parsley or additional Big Dog spice blend, and serve hot


The essence of this recipe is casual, but there are a few tips that, if followed, will bring out the best possible potato experience.

Tips for smashed potatoes

  • Let the potatoes rest after draining and again after smashing to ensure extra crispness.
  • Don't combine your spices or garlic with the smashed potatoes before baking. This creates a risk of burnt pieces on top of your potatoes.
  • You can add seasonings to boiling potatoes to give them a wonderful flavour. If you are hungry for more flavour, whip up a little sauce of melted butter mixed with spices for dipping.
  • Always use BOTH olive oil and butter on the potatoes. The oil ensures even browning, and the butter enhances the taste. We also love using duck or goose fat for even better potatoes!
  • Feel free to experiment with garnishes when serving these smashed potatoes. A sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese or sour cream is always good; bacon crumbles, minced spring onions or goat cheese add fantastic depth to the dish.
As you'll discover, Big Dog spices have much more to offer than just incredible flavour on your meat. Give your taste buds a treat and experiment with different spice mixes on all kinds of foods.
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What Are Smashed Potatoes?

If you haven’t heard of them before, the recipe is simple. Just boil some potatoes, smash them flat, then roast them with Big Dog Spices Chook Salt or Coat of Arms blends for a delicious twist on an old favourite. Yes, it really is that simple.

Tip: if you prefer a bit of spice try adding our Peri Good Salt.

Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, these crunchy spuds are sure to be a hit with your whole family!

Why Do We Love This Recipe?

First of all, anyone can make these smash potatoes! This is the easiest recipe you’ll find on our website.

Secondly, potatoes have a number of important health benefits. These include:

  • They are packed with vitamins and minerals
  • They are rich in antioxidants
  • They assist with digestive health
  • They’re naturally gluten free

They also provide a tasty vegetarian option, and are filling, cheap and versatile. Go on, give this recipe a go today!

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