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Garlic & Herb Smashed Red Potatoes

An easy and filling side dish with plenty of flavor from the garlic, green onions and fresh parsley - and butter too!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Tricia


  • 1 ½ pounds small red potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 green onions (scallions) sliced thin, whites and greens parts separated
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the potatoes and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-high. Continue cooking until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. To test if the potatoes are done, slip a small paring knife into one of the larger potatoes. If it slips in and out easily, the potatoes are done. Drain the potatoes in a colander.
  • Return the empty pot to the stove-top and add the butter. Once melted, add the garlic and the sliced white portions of the green onions. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant, about 30-45 seconds. Remove from the heat and add the remaining green portions of the onions and the chopped parsley. Carefully add the cooked potatoes to the butter mixture. Using the back of a fork or a large spoon, gently press down on each potato until the skin breaks and the potato smashes just a little. Continue until all potatoes are lightly crushed. Gently stir the potatoes and the butter mixture together until combined. Some of the potatoes will break down but this is okay. Season with salt and pepper to taste then serve immediately.


  • The potatoes will need seasoned with salt and pepper. Be sure to check the seasoning before serving.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. When multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 817mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 674IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg