If you’ve had a crispy, smashed down baby potatoes before, you know they’re scandalously delicious and a fair amount of butter is typically involved. We lightened things up and made our Crispy Baby Potatoes vegan-friendly with olive and avocado oil. Why both? Avocado oil is better at high temperatures and gets things really crispy, whereas olive oil has a lower smoke point and prevents food from drying out. Together, we get all the crunch of the butter recipe, and our potatoes don’t turn to sawdust.
Adding herbes de Provence makes these holiday or dinner party table worthy, but these can be seasoned to your preferences and even topped with sauces and toppings for a “loaded” version. Since most of the cooking time is hands-off, this is also a great holiday, game day, or even weeknight meal addition.Print
Crispy Baby Potatoes
- 2 pounds baby potatoes (Blushing Belle, Red, Boomer, Medley, etc.)
- 2 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp avocado oil
- 1/2 tsp herbes de Provence
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Rinse the potatoes and add to a large pot. Cover with about two inches of water, add 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium-high and continue boiling until the potatoes are barely fork tender (not fully cooked). Strain and let rest for a few minutes.
- While potatoes are boiling, preheat oven to 450 degrees F with rack at center position; generously grease a large rimmed baking sheet with the avocado oil (these are made directly on the pan – no foil, parchment, or Silpat). Combine the olive oil, remaining salt, and all spices in a small bowl and set aside.
- Place the drained potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and use the bottom of a jar or mug to smash each potato down enough to flatten without breaking it apart. Some types of potatoes crumble more than others, and we found the Blushing Belle and Red varieties to be sturdier with higher internal moisture while Yukon and Boomer varieties may get a bit crispier and are drier.
- Brush the tops of the pressed potatoes with half of the olive oil mixture and roast for 15 minutes. Carefully flip the roasted potatoes, brush with remaining mixture, and roast another 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, to taste (if needed). Plate and serve immediately.
Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container up to 3 days. Gently reheat in a pan.
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