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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

This recipe for Parmesan Smashed Potatoes turns the lovable spud into something extra special. They’re a delicious side dish option that requires only a few ingredients to prepare. They’re certain to complement a multitude of your favorite entrees.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Easy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe

The love of spuds is alive and well at our house. Whether I make them in hash brown muffins with eggs for breakfast, or topped with spicy beef turning them into taco taters as an appetizer or a loaded potato casserole, they’re the first dish to go. Potatoes are inexpensive and readily available making them a stellar choice for families.

potatoes on a baking pan

How to Make the Best Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Parmesan Smashed Potatoes: 2 pounds red or yellow small potatoes, olive oil, melted butter, salt, black pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A sharp knife and cutting board, cheese grater, mixing bowl, large baking sheet and a mixing bowls.
  • I often use a combination of small red potatoes and golden potatoes for visual appeal. You can certainly choose to use one, or the other.
  • You may use fresh or canned grated Parmesan cheese for this recipe.
  • I find that the cooler the potato, the better it holds together when smashing. Allow the potatoes to cool for at least 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes for the best results.
  • You can make this recipe using smaller or larger potatoes. I find that the smaller potatoes become even more crispy when baking.
  • I don’t recommend replacing the dried garlic with fresh. Fresh garlic is more apt to burn.
  • The amount of potatoes can be increased, or decreased to suit your needs.
  • Serve these potatoes just as they are or with sour cream on the side.
  • You can also make smashed potatoes on the grill. Checkout my recipe for Garlic Rosemary Smashed Potatoes, too.
  • Store leftover Parmesan Smashed Potatoes chilled in the refrigerator foe up to 4 days. Reheat in a skillet, an air fryer or on a sheet pan in a 375°F oven.
Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Southern Style Main Dishes to Serve with Smashed Potatoes

There are few dishes that wouldn’t be enhanced with a side of of crispy, buttery potatoes. A few you recipes to try:

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Parmesan-smashed-potatoes, sheet-pan-smashed-potatoes, smashed-potatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 125kcal


  • 2 lb small or medium red or golden potatoes (around 12 total)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley


  • Steam, microwave or boil potatoes just until fork tender. Drain, set aside to cool.
  • To prepare: Preheat oven to 425°F. Brush a rimmed sheet pan with 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together Parmesan, garlic, salt, onion powder and pepper.
  • Arrange potatoes on baking sheet. Use a potato masher or fork to smash to about 1/2 inch thickness. Mix together remaining olive oil and butter. Brush over potatoes.
  • Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan-seasoning blend.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are golden. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These potatoes are delicious I followed one of the comments. I put the cheese down, potatoes on top and then the butter and parsley on top to melt into the potatoes. Loved it!

  2. Can you make these ahead of time and freeze them? If yes, what temp and time to reheat frozen or should they be thawed?

      1. Flipped Smashed Potatoes. I cook these upside down by putting the parmesan on the baking sheet and placing the smashed part of the potato on top of that. I drizzle the seasoning blend, butter and oil on top and roast as directed. Seasoning melts into potato and parmesan toasts into a crunchy topping when served.

  3. 5 stars
    Just the perfect recipe to put a new twist on potatoes. These are excellent! Definitely will be entertaining with these potatoes on the menu👍

  4. This is a great tasting recipe and has become one of my family’s favorites. It’s so easy to make and taste really yummy.

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