Looking for a really good potato side dish? Maybe you want to do something different with your potatoes to go with a weekday meal? Or you have guests coming over and would like to make a crowd pleasing side? These crispy smashed potatoes are definitely for you! You need about an hour to make them, but they’re really easy with only a few minutes of hands-on time. If all this wasn’t enough, these potatoes are smothered in gorgeous Greek flavors. Give them a try today!
Wash and dry the potatoes, then boil for about 15 minutes until soft but not falling apart.
Drain the potaoes in a colander and let steam while you prepare the marinade.
Whisk together the olive oil, oregano, and lemon zest in a medium bowl.
Tip the potatoes into the bowl with the marinade and fold well with a wooden spoon until the potatoes are all covered with the marinade.
Pour the potatoes and any excess marinade onto a large baking sheet. Squash/Flatten them slightly with a potato masher or large fork.
Roast the potatoes for about 40 minutes or until they look golden and crispy.
A note about the ingredient amounts
Sometimes I make this dish just for the 3 of us, and I use fewer potatoes – or just what I happen to have. In this case I am not very accurate at all with the amount of marinade I use. I usually just slosh a good couple of glugs of olive oil into a bowl and pour in about a teaspoon of oregano straight out of the pot! I use the zest of just half a lemon if that’s all I have.The point is, you don’t have to be super accurate with the recipe. I have a feeling it’s hard to go wrong!
If you like, you can add 2 cloves of crushed garlic to the oil mixture as well. Sometimes I add it, sometimes I leave it out!
And finally... how to make these crispy smashed potatoes in an air fryer!
Yes, you can make these in an air fryer! Smash the potatoes on a baking tray, as if you were going to roast them in the oven, then transfer them to your air fryer with a spoon or fork. Air fry for about 20 minutes at 355F/180C (check after 10 minutes to see how they're doing). However... this method of cooking works best for small batches, unless your air fryer is very big! I'd suggest halving my recipe (serves 2 - 3 as a side), or cook in 2 batches. Enjoy!