I was browsing Pinterest for easy dinner recipes on Saturday, and I came across these “Crash Hot Potatoes” made by The Pioneer Woman. They looked easy and delicious, so I decided to take this idea and modify it slightly to fit my family. Ree’s potatoes probably came out prettier than mine, but no one in the family complained. I call them my easy “Smash Potatoes!”
Here is what you’ll need:
10 red potatoes
Any cooking oil (I used Mazola)
Mexican cheese blend
Slice red potatoes in half. Put all potatoes into a big pot of water and boil for 15-20 minutes, until tender. You don’t want them falling apart to the touch, but you don’t want them firm either. Somewhere right in the middle is best, because you are still going to bake them for a while longer. I just set my timer for 20 minutes and they are perfect every time.
While the potatoes are boiling, put aluminum foil over a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. The aluminum foil is optional, but it is useful for a quick cleanup if you are in a hurry.
Drain the water from the pot and gently place potato halves onto the baking sheet. Brush a little oil over each potato and press a fork down into them to “smash” them. They don’t need to look pretty or uniform. You can season to your liking, but I just sprinkle an even layer of garlic salt and black pepper over all potatoes.
Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. This is where it gets good!
Pull potatoes out of the oven and sprinkle an even layer of Mexican cheese blend over them. My husband insists on adding cooked bacon at this point, but it is not necessary for the potatoes to be delicious. Bake for another 10 minutes and then the potatoes will be crispy and ready to eat!
Add chopped green onions and enjoy!
This is my go-to dinner side a couple nights each week, and it never gets old. Last night, we had these easy Smash potatoes with steak and salad, and it was delicious and satisfying! If you want a quick and easy side that can practically cook itself while you prepare the rest of dinner or take care of the kids, this will be your failsafe.
I hope you love them as much as I do, and thank you to the amazing Pioneer Woman for inspiring this recipe!