I have a serious thing for potatoes (because carbs), but this recipe elevates it to an obsession.
Carbs + sauce for the win.
These potatoes are easy to make, requiring just 9 ingredients and about 1 hour to make!
The concept is simple. Boil baby potatoes until tender. Then smash until almost flat and roast until crispy and golden brown. The result is a perfectly tender, buttery potato with golden-brown, crispy edges.
While that’s happening, make your creamy, garlic-herb vegan pesto! Just 5 minutes to make, insanely vibrant and flavorful, and such a gorgeous green hue. Now, we’re ready for assembly!
I hope you all LOVE these potatoes! They’re:
Quick + Easy
& SO delicious
This would make the perfect hearty snack, side dish, or appetizer. They would pair with just about any cuisine, but especially Italian – think Simple Chickpea Bolognese, Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza, Eggplant Parmesan, Eggplant Stuffed Shells, Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups, 8-Ingredient Zucchini Lasagna, or Lentil Meatballs.
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Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto
- 1 1/2 pounds baby gold/yellow potatoes
- 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil (or sub other neutral oil)
- 1 healthy pinch each sea salt & black pepper (~1/2 tsp as original recipe is written)
- 2 heaping cups loosely packed fresh basil (large stems removed)
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped // 2 cloves yield ~1 Tbsp chopped)
- 3 Tbsp raw pine nuts or walnuts (for nut allergies, omit)
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast*
- 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or sub other neutral oil)
- 1 healthy pinch each sea salt & black pepper
- Add rinsed potatoes to a large pot and cover with water until just submerged. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce to medium-high heat to achieve a low boil. Cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until tender and a knife easily slides in and out.
- In the meantime, prepare pesto by adding basil, garlic, nuts, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast to a food processor and blending to combine. Stream in 2-3 Tbsp olive oil (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) a little at at time until a thick paste is formed. If trying to reduce fat, thin the sauce with water instead of additional oil. I like adding a little water to mine to make it more of a pourable sauce, but this is optional.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon juice for acidity, nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor, salt and pepper for overall flavor, or garlic for zing/bite. Transfer to a small serving dish and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. When the potatoes are soft and tender, place on the baking sheet and smash down with the bottom of a saucepan. For any larger potatoes, cut in half and then smash so they are still “bite size.”
- Drizzle the potatoes with 1 1/2 Tbsp oil and season with a healthy pinch each salt and pepper (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) . Roast for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
- To serve, spoon the pesto over the potatoes (you will have leftovers). Garnish with chopped basil or parsley and additional pine nuts (optional).
- Best when fresh. Store leftovers separately in the refrigerator. Potatoes will keep for 3-4 days. Pesto will keep for about 1 week (see notes for uses for leftovers). Reheat in a 350-degree oven until hot, then top with any leftover pesto.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with all of the pesto.
*If you have leftover pesto, add it to scrambles, pasta sauces, Sweet Potato Lasagna, or this Pea Pesto Pasta Salad!