Herb Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes

Herb Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes have all the rich buttery goodness of a traditional mashed potato on the inside, and are perfectly crisp and flavorful on the outside.  

Red smashed potatoes on a sheet pan topped with rosemary and bacon bits by The Food Cafe.

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Herb Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes

What a great way to serve a potato as a side or even an appetizer for your next party.  I love how adorable these are and they taste phenomenal.  Just the perfect little warm up to any meal and they are so simple to make, don’t be afraid of the smashing part, it really is easy and kind of fun. 

One of the great things about making Smashed Potatoes is you can really add whatever you like to the potatoes to suit your tastebuds needs.  I love the Herb Compound Butter it soaks into the potatoes and instantly the center of the potato becomes creamy like traditional mashed potatoes, but what I love so mush about smashed potatoes is you leave the skins on (even less to worry about, no peeling) and they become just crisp enough to define the inside from the outside.

It is subtle, so don’t think you are going to be biting into the consistency of an oreo cookie, think more along the lines of a maple glazed doughnut, just enough texture to taste that amazing glaze that has firmed up a bit, and then you bite into the soft, decadent inside.. MMMM.  Ok just like that combination, but in a cute little Herb Garlic Butter Smashed Potato.  OH.. I added finely chopped bacon and chives to give the potatoes a little “baked” potato essence.  Herb Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes are great for a crowd, and perfect as a side for anyone to enjoy.  I think it would be fun to make the smashed potatoes and then set up a smashed potato bar and let your guest add all the fun toppings they want, just another way to bring fun back into your kitchen.

smashed red potatoes on a sheet pan delicious and bursting with flavor, by The Food Cafe

Can you boil potatoes with the skin on?

  • Yes!  You can boil them 2 ways, skin on or skin off.  Boiling them with the skin on prevents them from becoming to mushy and they cook better.  It is very easy to peel the skins off once they have cooled enough to handle.

How long do you boil potatoes with the skin on?

  • Generally potatoes are done when they are tender all the way through.  A simple way to test that is by poking them with a fork or I actually like to use a chop stick.  Most potatoes will be done in 15 to 25 minutes, but always check your potatoes, times may very a bit.

How long does it take to boil whole potatoes?

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water.  Make sure the potatoes are fully covered to give about an extra 2 inches of water over the covered potatoes.  Add a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil over medium heat until potatoes are tender all the way through, about 25 minutes.

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Hamburger Steak Recipe

Servings: 6
Hamburger Steak is a hearty comfort food that will stand the test of time. Large patties flavored to perfection and covered in a rich onion and mushroom gravy, makes this a delicious dinner choice.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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For the hamburger:

  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 packet onion dry soup mix divided
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil

For the gravy:

  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon onion dry soup mix
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushroom sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 3-1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • Parsley for garnish


In a large bowl stir ground chuck, horseradish, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, cracked pepper, and 2 Tablespoons onion dry soup mix. Divided mixture to form 6 patties. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat with olive oil and add patties. Cook until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes a side then remove from skillet and set aside.

    In the same skillet over medium heat( leave any grease or drippings in skillet) add onions and mushrooms and cook until tender about 3-4 minutes.

      In a medium mixing bowl combine beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoon onion dry soup mix, water, and cornstarch. Pour into mushroom and onion mixture and stir to combine. Reduce heat and let simmer about 5 minutes until gravy thickens. Add Patties back in to skillet, cook 5 minutes until patties are heated through and serve.

        Course: Main Course
        Cuisine: American
        Keyword: Hamburger Steak, Skillet Meal
        Author: Shannon


        Serving: 6g, Sodium: 653mg, Calcium: 50mg, Vitamin C: 3.1mg, Sugar: 2g, Potassium: 684mg, Cholesterol: 107mg, Calories: 466kcal, Saturated Fat: 12g, Fat: 35g, Protein: 27g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Iron: 3.5mg

        Smashed Potatoes served on a white plate, garnished with fresh thyme and topped with bacon bits, perfect side dish by The Food Cafe.

        Herb Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes


        • 12 small red potatoes
        • 1 teaspoon of salt
        • 6 Tablespoons melted Herb Compound Butter, or unsalted butter, divided
        • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
        • 1 teaspoon pepper
        • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
        • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped cooked bacon, or bacon bits
        • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped chives
        • 1 Tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
        • 1 rimmed sheet pan


        1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
        2.  In a large saucepan add potatoes, cover potatoes with enough water to fully submerge and season with salt.  Boil for 20-25 minutes, checking at 20 minutes with a fork.  Drain and let cool for 5 minutes.
        3. Coat a rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and transfer cooled potatoes to the pan.  Using a potato masher, spatula or fork lightly press each potato to mash flat.  Brush each potato with 3 Tablespoons of herb compound butter (or unsalted butter) and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are lightly brown and crisp.
        4. In a small bowl combine parmesan cheese and chives.  Brush the potatoes with the remaining butter and sprinkle with the cheese mixture. Bake for 2-3 minutes more until the cheese has melted.  Top with bacon, rosemary and more chives if desired.

        6 servings is equal to 2 potatoes a serving.

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