Parmesan Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

At a Glance

  • Potato Type: Fingerling
  • Prep Method: Roasted
  • Special Requests: Kid Friendly
  • Cuisine: American
  • Yield: 8
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This recipe, courtesy of Cooking with Erin, was part of the Amazing Appetizers Culinary Challenge at Eat, Write, Retreat.


For the “Smashed” Potatoes:

  • 3 pounds fingerling or small creamer potatoes
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese or a similar dry, aged cheese


For the Roasted Garlic Aioli:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher sea salt


For the “Smashed” Potatoes:

1. In a large pot of cold, salted water, add your fingerlings or creamer potatoes.  Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 to 30 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.

2. When the potatoes are fork tender, carefully drain and remove the potatoes to a large towel to let them dry and cool off for a few minutes. When they are warm enough to “smash,” gently use the bottom part of the palm of your hand to flatten each potato. You want the skin to split but you want the potato to remain in one piece. I have also used an ice cream scoop or the back of a large spoon to flatten the potatoes.

3. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and lightly spray a cookie sheet with a nonstick spray. Brush both sides of the smashed potatoes with butter and lay on the cookie sheet. Potatoes can be placed closely together. Cook for 20 minutes.

4. Remove potatoes from the oven, turn the potatoes over carefully, with a spatula, and sprinkle freshly grated parmesan or a similar dry, aged cheese over the top of all the potatoes. Cook for an additional 20 minutes until the potatoes look nice and crispy. Remove from the oven and pile on a plate to serve with a fresh aioli or all by themselves.

For the Roasted Garlic Aioli:

1. To roast a head of garlic, cut the top off garlic and place in a small piece of foil. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the garlic and sprinkle with kosher sea salt. Wrap the garlic in foil, put on a pan and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. The garlic will turn a delicious, caramel color and make your house smell amazing. Let the garlic cool and then squeeze the delicious garlic out of the cloves.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt, and roasted garlic. Whisk together. Add additional sea salt if necessary, after taste testing.

3. Serve with “Smashed” Potatoes or your favorite crispy french fries or sweet potato wedges. Save any extra aioli in the refrigerator for snacking tomorrow… Beware – this stuff is addictive!

Calories: 300 Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 329mg Vitamin C: 61% Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 3g Protein: 6g Potassium: 959mg

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