If there's one thing that we can all agree on, it's that these roasted smashed potatoes are absolutely delicious!
Is there anyone out there who dislikes potatoes? I doubt it; they’re delicious! These five-ingredient healthy roasted smashed potatoes are about to become one of your new favorite side dishes! Anyone you’re willing to share them with will agree that this dish is the best, too! The finished product turns out soft on the inside, slightly crispy on the outside, and delicious all over.
Wait – Aren’t Potatoes Unhealthy?
All too often, potatoes are viewed as unhealthy, but that’s actually not true. The potato itself isn’t “bad.” It’s the method of cooking that determines if a potato recipe is good for you or not. Boiled, roasted, and baked potatoes are generally less calorie-dense than fried potatoes. Cooking them with a little bit of olive oil is a lot healthier than throwing them into a fryer that is filled with trans fat-laden grease. If you’re smart about your cooking methods, you can enjoy potatoes in moderation any day of the year!
Potatoes (with Skin) are Good for You!
These roasted smashed potatoes are not only nutrient-dense, but they also contain fewer than 250 calories per serving. Potatoes with skin are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. In fact, most of the fiber in a potato is found in the skin. Luckily, this recipe doesn’t require you to peel your potatoes. In addition to saving you time, keeping the skin on will provide you with five grams of belly-filling fiber per serving!
A Simple and Delicious Side Dish
This recipe calls for two pounds of washed baby potatoes. Before you do anything else, preheat your oven to 475 degrees. While the oven heats up, boil the potatoes until they’re soft. Usually, this takes about 10-15 minutes for baby potatoes. Once they’re soft, carefully drain the water and place them onto a large baking sheet.
Find yourself a flat, heavy object (we used the bottom of a glass) and press down on each potato until they’re slightly smashed. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the smashed potatoes and sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Place them in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes (or until you see them begin to brown). Take them out and get ready to indulge!
These roasted smashed potatoes make an excellent snack, but they’re also a wonderful side dish to a wide range of entrees. Try them as a side to one of these tasty main course recipes:
Roasted Smashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds baby potatoes washed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 475. Boil the potatoes until soft. Drain.
- Place the boiled and drained potatoes onto a large baking sheet. Using a heavy flat object (a bottom of a glass works great!) press down on each potato and lightly smash. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
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