Smashed red potatoes with delicious shredded Parmesan cheese, are a crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, filling side dish that compliments any main dish recipe. Once you learn how to make a great smashed red potato recipe, you will be putting it your monthly side rotation!
Course: Side Dishes
Keyword: oven potatoes, parmesan red potatoes, red potatoes, smashed red potatoes
Poke holes in the red potatoes with a fork for proper ventilation.
Place potatoes on a microwave safe plate or bowl and microwave for 5 minutes.
Flip potatoes over and microwave for an additional 5 minutes or until soft - depending on your microwave, this could be less.
Place potatoes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use a potato masher or the bottom of a cup to mash the potatoes so they are about 1/2" thick.
Use a pastry brush to brush each side of the potato with olive oil, which will help crisp up the skin.
Season potato with salt and pepper ( you could also add other seasonings that you love at this stage)
Bake smashed red potatoes for 14 minutes. Remember that timing in an oven largely depends on your oven - additionally gas ovens tend to run a bit hotter, so you may want to check potatoes for doneness around 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and return to oven for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Remove potatoes from oven and sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.
Alterations: Sprinkle a bit of garlic powder or even add minced garlic to your red potatoes when you add the salt and pepper, yum!Serve with melted butter drizzled on or on the side to dip.