Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: Duck fat will make for even tastier, crispier potatoes.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 8 to 10 servings

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Ingredients

  • 4 pounds small red or Yukon gold potatoes

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 cup vegetable oil (see note)

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup sliced chives, parsley, or tarragon (optional)

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Season heavily with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until potatoes are completely tender, about 10 minutes after a boil is achieved (poke a potato with a sharp knife or cake tester to test for doneness).Drain in a colander set in the sink and let rest for 10 minutes to dry and cool slightly.

  2. Working one potato at a time, place potato on cutting board and smash firmly with the bottom of a heavy skillet to a thickness of about 1/2-inch thick. Transfer to a large plate or tray as you work.

  3. Heat 1/2 cup oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add as many potatoes as will fit in a single layer. Cook, shaking pan occasionally, until bottom side is deep golden brown, about 6 minutes. Carefully flip with a thin metal spatula and cook until second side is golden brown and crisp, about five minutes longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to drain.

  4. Continue cooking potatoes in batches, adding more oil or fat as necessary, until all potatoes are cooked. Potatoes can then be left aside until ready to serve.

  5. To serve, adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions and preheat oven to 400°F. Spread potatoes over to large rimmed baking sheets. Transfer to oven and cook until heated through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper, add herbs (if using), toss to distribute, transfer to a serving platter, and serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
299 Calories
15g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 299
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 17mg 87%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 974mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)