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.
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.
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.
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.
I like to showcase the true versatility of the spices that we’ve made. I’m just as likely to use Big Tex in a spicy rice as I am to splash the Coat of Arms all over some roasted potatoes. I am always trying to layers flavours together in new recipes.