Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes are a deliciously cheesy potato side dish recipe. These potatoes are incredibly crispy on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside. It’s the perfect side for any dinner.

If you love potato side dish recipes as much as I do, be sure to also try these Maple Mustard Roasted Potatoes.

Red Smashed Potatoes With Parmesan Recipe

Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

BEHOLD! My potatoes-obsession returns!!

But, FIRST! Have you watched “The Voice”? You know that one part during “The Battles” where you think it’s all over for one of the contestants, and just as they are to walk off the stage, one of the coaches presses the “Steal” button?

OH, that part makes me ugly-cry each and every time. Like, mouth quivering, tears rolling, throat closing… Buhlieve me… It’s

p.s. I *just* watched The Voice and cried the ugly cry.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Also? You know that one time when your kids stayed up waaaaay past their bedtime – and were jumping off the walls – because you agreed to give them M&M’s an hour before bed time JUST so they would zip it and let you watch 10 MINUTES of The Voice??
Yours didn’t do that???
Mine, either! High-Five! (That’s a dang lie…)

Smashed Potatoes Are One Of My Favorite Side Dish Recipes

Let’s discuss the best smashed potatoes I’ve ever had.

Right around this time, I ALWAYS cozy up back to the potatoes. I’m a carbivore, through and through. I love ’em loaded, but I can definitely enjoy them double baked, crispy and always cheesy.

Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe

The real question here is, what do you do with yourself after eating 6 of these smashed potatoes?
Find the nearest treadmill? No. Eat kale? No.
Vegetate on the couch? DING DING DING! And look through the latest Food Network Vogue Magazine while sipping on lemon water… because lemon water is going to flush out the carbs…

You shush! I like to believe these things – they keep me happy.

Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

How Do You Cook These Parmesan Potatoes?

Look at them… I Love ’em! I just kinda didn’t bake ’em. For the sake of lotsa crispiness and lotsa flavor, I threw them on my griddle pan and gave ’em a crisp they’d never forget!

I’d be okay with you skipping that part and baking them, instead, but for the love of crispiness, do it mah way. It works. And it’s so, so, SO delicious!


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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Extra-crispy smashed potatoes with parmesan are the best potato side dish! Golden on the outside, and soft and tender on the inside.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, rinsed and dried
  • salt for the water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
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  • Boil the potatoes. Place potatoes in a large pot and add water to cover the potatoes. Season water with salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Cool. Transfer the cooked potatoes to a colander and drain and rinse them under cold water. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Smash! Using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer, smash each potato to about 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Heat the cooking oil. Heat olive oil in a griddle pan. Add thyme and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Fry the potatoes. Working in batches, cook the smashed potatoes, turning once until they're browned and crispy, about 3 minutes per side. Add more olive oil if needed.
  • Season and serve. Transfer the fried potatoes to a serving plate and season with salt and pepper. Immediately sprinkle with parmesan cheese and allow that to melt. Add chopped fresh parsley and serve.




Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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  1. Christine says:

    Really tasty! However instructions say 1/2 in thick. Mine crumbled at that thickness. Looking at your pics…they are barely broken. That’s what I will do next time. So delicious.

  2. Jan says:

    These are sooooo delicious. Thank you for delicious recipe. My hubby and I love these. Such flavor with the parmesean cheese and crisping them up a bit. Thank you!

    1. Elizabeta Micevska says:

      I am very glad you and your husband enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Lynda says:

    I did these in the air fryer
    What the heck
    If you have one do this recipe in that
    It’s insane

    Really try it❣️