Smashed Potatoes can be had as a side for a festive meal, during Thanksgiving or Christmas, or as a snack just about any time of year! A good alternative to smooth mashed potatoes, these are made by cooking the potatoes with a secret ingredient that ensures extra crispy potatoes.
Add the potatoes to the Instant Pot. Add enough water to cover the potatoes. Add the salt and the baking soda and mix.
Put on the lid of the IP, and with the vent in 'sealing' position, switch to 'Pressure Cook' (Manual) mode, in 'High' setting. Set the time for 5 minutes. Let the potatoes cook for 5 minutes. Once cooked, let the pressure release naturally for 3 minutes. Then, turn the vent to release steam (Quick Release).
Open the lid and take out the potatoes with a slotted spoon. Drain on kitchen towels and transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking paper or foil. Let the potatoes cool down.
Stove Top Method:
Add potatoes to a pot on the stove top. Add enough cold water to cover the potatoes.Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water starts to boil, reduce heat and bring to a simmer for 15 mins. The pottaoes should be easily pierced by a fork.
Take out potatoes, drain and let them cool.
As the potatoes are cooling, mix together the melted butter, garlic, chili flakes and herbs.
Once the potatoes are cooled, smash the potatoes gently with a fork ,and drizzle over the butter-garlic-chili-herb mixture generously.
Air Frying Instructions
Transfer the potatoes into a preheated Air Fryer basket or tray. Air fry at 400 F for 10 minutes. Once the airfrying cycle is complete, check for crispness and air fry for 5 more minutes if needed.
Bake in the oven at 400 F for 15 minutes, until the tops have crisped and lightly browned.
Take out the baked or air-fried potatoes and sprinkle grated parmesan over the potatoes. Serve immediately.
Use around half a teaspoon of baking soda for two quarts of water when cooking the potatoes. Increase the amount of baking soda and salt if you want to increase the number of potatoes.
For a vegan option, replace butter with olive oil and skip the parmesan. Air Fry in a single layer - Make sure you place the potatoes in a single layer and do not overlap the smashed potatoes. Air Fry in batches is necessary.
Use any variety of potatoes that you like, preferably baby potatoes, Yukon gold, or red potatoes.
Topping variations - You can adjust the seasoning for the smashed potato toppings, for a spicier version, add 1 tsp cayenne or black pepper.