Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons

cassie thornburg


Lee loves meat and potatoes. Usually, I make Ina's Dilled Fingerlings (recipe listed here!) because they are easy and delicious every time. But last night I decided to make Giada's Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons (I say their first names as if they are my friends. Alas, they are my friends.....only in my mind!).
Anyway, this recipe is so satisfying and I wanted to share it with you.


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
35 Min


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2 lb
baby or fingerling potatoes
1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
garlic cloves, peeled and halved


3 Tbsp
olive oil
fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp
fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp
fresh thyme leaves, chopped
lemons, zested
salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons


  • 1For the potatoes: Put the potatoes in an 8-quart stockpot with enough cold water to cover by at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow to dry for 5 minutes. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the potatoes until lightly smashed.
  • 2In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 cup of oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly brown, about 1 minute. Remove the garlic and discard.
  • 3In batches, add the potatoes and cook, without stirring, until the bottoms turn golden brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the potatoes over and cook, drizzling with oil, if needed, until golden brown on the other side for another 5 to 8 minutes.
  • 4For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    Spoon the dressing over the potatoes and toss gently until coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and serve.

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About Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtag: #potato

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