Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

Thursday 19 November 2020


I am sharing another one of the meals I made for myself here in Quarantine. This one is not quite so healthy, but it was simple and delicious!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes are a really delicious finger food that you can either enjoy as a snack or as a part of  a larger meal.  They are easy to make and I am pretty sure you won't be able to eat just one!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes


I remember when my children were growing up, sometimes we would have a "picky bits"  supper, a finger food buffet.  Especially when we were getting towards the end of the week and close to pay day. 

These type of meals were not only fun to make and eat, but they were also interesting and something deliciously out of the norm!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

Even my oldest daughter who doesn't really like potatoes loves these!  They are simple to make and oh-so-tasty!  If you can boil a potato, then you can make these.

I made these as a part of a finger-food supper that included not only these, but also sausage balls and roasted broccoli and cauliflower florets!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes


I wanted to use up the last of the new potatoes that my sister had put in the room for me.  I decided to make these.  You only need some fat (I used a mix of Becel and oil) and some seasoning.  Easy peasy.

You will need to boil the potatoes first until they are nice and tender. This will take between 15 and 20 minutes tops. Do NOT peel them.  The crispy skins are part of their charm.

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

You want to cook them until they are quite tender, a fork or the tip of a knife should slide in quite easily.  Drain them really well and then pop them back into the saucepan and shake them over the heat of the burner so that they really dry out well.

Once you have done that you can add some fat to them. I used a mix of Becel (because that is what I have) and olive oil. You can use butter instead.  Shake them around in the saucepan with both fats and any seasonings.

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes


I used salt and pepper. (DUH!)  That is what I had, and then some chili powder that my daughter dropped off to me. She had been going to bring North American Chili powder to me when she came to the UK in April. 

I do hope she is able to get her money back from what she spent on the tickets for her and her brother. It will be a darn shame if she can't.

They don't have regular North American style Chili powder there.  Their Chili powder is just plain ground chilies and it would blow your socks off.  Literally!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

I had made the mistake shortly after moving over to the UK of using their chili powder like I would have used the chili powder from home. I about killed everyone. You don't want to be adding a TBS of that to anything if you value your life! 

So anyways, I did use some North American chili powder on this day. I also used some summer savoury.  Shake them all about in the fat and spices so coat and then you will want to place the potatoes onto a baking tray.  (Don't throw away any fat left in the pan)

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes


Place them spaced pretty far apart. You are going to have to smash them down. And I mean gently. You don't want to blow them to smithereens. I used the end of a can of beans and just gently pressed them down. 

As you can see, they break apart and you end up with lots of bits that are going to gild and turn golden brown in the oven.  I also took a sausage and skinned it and added chunks of it around the potatoes. (Even more flavour!)

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

Then you just bake them, until they are crisp and golden brown.  Yummiliciousy golden brown.  (Oh I need a manicure.  Reminder to self to buy some nail polish when I can.) 

Perfectly crisp and golden brown and ready to dip.  I used some of the blue cheese dip I had in the fridge here at the motel. But you can use whatever dip you want.  Ranch.  Onion. Sour Cream and Chive. Whatever takes your fancy!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

I also added some broccoli and cauliflower to the baking sheet, drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil. I cannot tolerate them raw anymore because of my diverticulitis, but they were lovely lightly roasted.

Moreish even   . . .  scrummilicious!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

They went done really well with the potatoes and those sausage bits.  I probably should have rolled the sausage bits into balls, but it was still frozen when I put it into the oven.

This meant it was cooked perfectly  in around the same time it took to cook everything else!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

Altogether this was really tasty.  I could not eat the whole thing of course.  I had to save half of it for the day after. 

If you are looking for some tasty nibbles or sides for when you have people over during the holidays, you could do a lot worse than this!  Just saying!

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

Crispy Smashed New Potatoes
Yield: 3
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 5 Mincook time: 55 Mintotal time: 1 Hour
Quite simply delicious!


  • 6 to 8 baby new potatoes
  • 1 TBS butter melted
  • 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
To serve:
  • chopped spring onions
  • blue cheese dip


  1. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with lightly salted cold water. Bring to the boil and then cook for 15 to 20  minutes until fork tender. 
  2. Drain well and  return to the saucepan, shaking them over the residual heat of the saucepan to dry up any water left on them.
  3. Add the butter, olive oil and seasonings.  Toss to coat.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.
  5. Place the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.  (Reserve any butter/oil in the pan.) Taking something heavy, lightly squash them down until they are only about 1/3 of an inch thick and cracked open.  Drizzle any oil/butter left in the pan over top.
  6. Bake them in the preheated oven for 35 to 40  minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped onions and serve hot with the blue cheese dip.


If you are not fond of blue cheese, use ranch or whatever type of dip or salad dressing you desire.

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Crispy Smashed New Potatoes

These make for a wonderful finger food when you are getting together with people, a great side dish with other things, and well, they are just something scrumptious to dig your teeth into! Enjoy! 

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  1. Oh goodness! These look quite moreish and dangerous. Which means I want them NOW :)

    I've enjoyed your "Roadkill Potatoes" a few times, but these look even more inviting and ideal as part of a casual pick and mix meal. And I just love roasted s
    cauliflower, so even better. Yum!

    Just one more sleep.... I bet you are excited at the thought of freedom and especially of being embraced by your family at long last. A real silver lining on what has been such a very dark cloud. I'm thrilled for you.

    1. Yes, the roadkill ones are a larger version of these! I love that you enjoy them Marie! I love a good pick and mix meal every now and then! Xoxo

  2. Potatoes! Broccoli! Cauliflower! Sausage! Winner, winner! V happy for you, one more sleep!

    1. Thanks so much V! Can’t wait for tomorrow! xoxo

  3. THIS looks fabulous. SO good. Thanks, Marie!

  4. Quite possibly the perfect meal right there Marie, looks delicious!

  5. I visit this site once a day but sometimes more often if I’m following a recipe. Does it count if the visits are from the same device? Just trying to maximize the number of hits.

    1. It doesn't matter how many times you visit Angharad! Every visit counts! Just so long as you stay at least a minute! Thanks so much for the lovely card etc. that arrived yesterday! You are so kind! Put a smile on my face! xoxo

  6. Replies
    1. We loved them! We will definitely be making these again.

  7. Hi Marie, lovely to 'meet' you, I love your potato recipes and will be cooking them in the next few days, glad you like England, I do too, take care, Lynne


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