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 and these Garlic Butter and Soy Sauce Smashed Potatoes.

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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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Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes | | Deliciously cheesy potatoes that are incredibly crispy on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside.

Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Deliciously cheesy potatoes that are incredibly crispy on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 159


  • 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)


  • 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 continue to cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Transfer potatoes to a colander; drain and wash with cold water.
  • Let cool 5 minutes.
  • Using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer, smash each potato to a 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Heat olive oil in the griddle pan.
  • Add thyme and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Working in batches, cook the smashed potatoes, turning once, until browned and crispy; about 3 minutes on each side. Add more olive oil if needed.
  • Transfer potatoes to a serving plate, season with salt and pepper, and immediately sprinkle with parmesan cheese; allow to melt.
  • Add chopped fresh parsley and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 177mg7%
Potassium 631mg18%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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26 Responses
  1. Bill

    Boiling red potatoes for 12-15 minutes is simply insufficient to be able to properly smash the potatoes. I selected four small red potatoes and at 15 minutes they were still hard as tombstones. You will need at least 25 minutes in order to smash them to 1/2-inch thickness. All the rest of the recipe flows the same as described. The outcome will be okay, but certainly nothing to write home about.

  2. Steve M

    The photo shows a grill pan (with ridges), the recipe says griddle pan. We tried a griddle as the printed instructions do not include any photos and they are sitting in the oil. A subtle difference that is changing the outcome significantly.

    Are you sure about smashing them to 1/2 inch? The photos look to be more like an inch and simply pressed down in the middle. At 1/2 inch, they are truly smashed and look nothing like the photo.

    Then there is the uncertainty regarding the cooking in batches of 3 minutes per side yet you are serving them immediately – does that mean each person (serving) has to wait 6 or more minutes after the previous person was served?

  3. SallyJoJo

    Made these last night and used blue cheese instead of parmesan. OMG! Delicious 🙂 I cheated and just microwaved the potatoes. . . don’t tell!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Ooooh let me know how long in the microwave?? That sounds like the best idea! So happy to know you enjoyed them…AND you got to grill! It’s 32 degrees here… the grill and I won’t be seeing each other for at least 6 months. 😀

      1. SallyJoJo

        Just a few minutes in the microwave, just be sure to poke them with a fork. I also have used this recipe for leftover whole boiled red skin potatoes and they work great. I live in Central Florida. . it’s always grill weather 🙂

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Roasted potatos topped with cheese is basically my go to comfort food – definitely craving your crispy parmesan potatoes right now. Think I need to create the recipe and add some smoky pancetta!

  5. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    POTATOES! Potatoes make me shout like that cause I love them! I especially love cheesy potatoes! Great recipe, Kate!

  6. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I’m going to choose vegetable on the couch for $100, Katerina. Then I’m going to have you pass the pan while I devour every last potato while watching the Blacklist (my current tv obsession). Dang, these are sexy!

  7. Angela |Mind Over Batter

    *High Five!!* I totally let my daughter eat candy and jump on the bed just so she can let me watch a show. Whatever, she’ll thank me. I’m almost sure of it. Now these potatoes!! I love me a crispy potato, so I will NOT skip the griddle part!

  8. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    We must be carbivore twins, we posted potatoes today too. Loving your potatoes, crisp on the outside.. Mmmm.

    I am all too familiar with the ugly cry during the voice although I haven’t watched in a few seasons. I have priorities… Like Walking Dead, BlackList and Person of Interest. LOL

  9. Laura Dembowski

    These aren’t too unhealthy. I mean potatoes are good for you and cheese has calcium. Plus, if you skip other foods, and eat all of these it all works out on the end.

  10. Tina muir

    LOVE it! These sound so good, and I bet they are so flavorful too! A great runner food, and as I start back after my time off tomorrow, this will be a great time to try them out! Pinning!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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