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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

How about a simple and quick 5 ingredient recipe that involves creamy smashed potatoes with Parmesan and fresh parsley?

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

So this week marks the first official week of not working full time. It feels weird to go to bed and not have to wake up to a schedule – yes I know this will change in about 4 weeks but I am enjoying my me time right now. And if you know me well enough I am not leisurely laying around all day – I average about 15 things on my to do list daily (trust me my mind is constantly coming up with random things to keep me busy).

You would think with having all day to cook or bake I would want to spend these last 4 weeks cooking intricate meals since I won’t really have the time once John Grayson gets here. Luckily I have slowly been making freezer meals to help me out during that time. And to be honest I have done plenty of recipe testing this week on lemon poppy seed muffins, a lemon basil olive oil cake, and a few other things but sometimes simplicity is key.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

One of the things I have realized over the years is how many ingredients I pack into a single recipe – I mean sometimes I truly do love throwing everything but the kitchen sink into my recipes. The more I think about it not everyone is going to want to cook with something that has 20 bazillion things in it unless they basically have a walk in grocery store in their pantry.

So why not create a recipe with 5 ingredients or less like Claire Robinson’s show 5 Ingredient Fix?

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

When I was making these beer braised short ribs I instantly thought of making some kind of smashed potatoes to please my meat & potatoes husband. Luckily, I had just bought some red potatoes because I was recipe testing some Spanish Croquettes earlier in the week. And to keep it simple I thought I’d add in some Parmesan because we know everything is better with cheese.

Okay so technically this recipe has 6 ingredients if you add the salt. But let’s just not count that because if you don’t have salt in your kitchen we need to talk. Come to think of it I need to do a blog post on all the kinds of salt you should have in your kitchen.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes


  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 cup parsley roughly chopped and loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt


  • Rinse potatoes and place in medium pot. Cover with cold water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat and add a pinch of salt.
  • Cook until tender about 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain and place in large serving bowl. Add olive oil and butter and smash.
  • Mix in cheese and parsley then serve.



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Christine @ Cooking with Cakes

Friday 25th of April 2014

yum Lauren these look delicious! love that you've kept it to only 5 ingredients, it makes these even better!

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