Y’all know I love me some Pioneer Woman. Every single one of her cookbooks is one of my favorites! When I first read this recipe, I started to drool and I knew I just HAD to make it. And there is no maybe about it. These potatoes are delicious. This is the way potatoes were meant to be cooked! For the perfect crash hot potatoes, you just need four simple ingredients: baby (new) potatoes, good oil, salt, and whatever herbs/spices you’d like. Get creative pepper, garlic, cumin, parsley – you can’t go wrong!
Before I pass along the super easy recipe for her crash hot potatoes, I just want to share a few tips I found for making these crash hot potatoes perfect every time.
- First you want to boil your potatoes until they’re fork tender. We don’t want them so soft that they fall off the fork, but we do want them done.
- Kosher salt is best in these crash hot potatoes because it has larger grains, so it takes less for a big taste.
- Baking on parchment paper saves you LOTS of work scraping bits of crusty potato off it later!
- You only want to smash the hot potatoes a little, making sure they stay intact. You don’t want them to fall apart!
- Brush plenty of olive oil on top of each potato so you’re sure you get a nice crispy crust in the oven.
Don’t you want to go make these right now?! Do it, y’all! These crash hot potatoes are life-changing. That’s the Pioneer Woman for you… changing your life one potato at a time.
Crash Hot Potatoes
- 12 whole new potatoes, or other small potatoes
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Fresh pepper
- Other seasonings of choice
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook them until they are fork-tender – that means you can pierce them with a fork.
- Grease a sheet pan or use a piece of parchment paper. Place potatoes on the cookie sheet.
- With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes.
- Brush the tops of each mashed potato with olive oil.
- Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and your seasonings of choice – seasoned salt is AWESOME!
- Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until brown and crispy.
**Original recipe from The Pioneer Woman**