CRISPY LOADED GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES
- 2 lbs baby potatoes yukon gold or red potatoes
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp parsley freshly chopped
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt or sour cream
- chives dried or freshly chopped
- crushed red pepper flakes optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a sheet pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place a large pot of salted water onto your stove over high heat. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and allow the potatoes to cook for approximately 25-30 minutes.
- During the last 5-10 minutes, prepare the garlic butter sauce by mixing the melted butter, olive oil, onion powder, and parsley into a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Once the potatoes are fork-tender (but not super soft), remove from heat and drain the water. Place each potato onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Using a fork, potato masher, or the bottom of a glass – firmly (but gently) press down on the center of the potatoes to smash them.
- Evenly drizzle or brush the garlic butter mixture over the potatoes. I drizzled with a spoon and then took a brush to make sure each part of the potato was touched.
- Optional step: spray the tops of each potato with a generous amount of olive oil cooking spray if you want the potatoes to be a little extra crispy.
- Season with salt and pepper – to taste.
- Place the sheet pan into the oven and allow to bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Or until the potatoes appear golden and crispy.
- Remove from the oven, top with parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese. Place back into the oven long enough to allow the cheddar cheese to melt.
- Serve immediately. Garnish with plain greek yogurt (or sour cream), chives, red pepper flakes, and a dash of salt (if preferred).
- You can use any plain greek yogurt: full-fat, 2% or fat-free. Just make sure its plain!
- This is a healthier substitute to sour cream, but you’re more than welcome to use SC instead.
- If you’re feeling extra daring – these are amazing with bacon on top.
- Crushed red pepper flakes are optional.
- They will give the potatoes a bit of heat with the flavor, so if you’re going to use them – a little goes a long way.