Looking for a new potato side dish recipe? Roasted ruby gold potatoes roasted, smashed, seasoned and then covered with cheese and green onions make Smashed Roasted Cheesy Potatoes a delicious side for any meal.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new side dishes to serve to the family.
I get stuck in a side dish rut, serving the same thing over and over and over again. Usually it’s steamed broccoli, a spinach salad or some steamed green beans. Yes, we’ll have mashed potatoes with the occasional steak or roast, but other than that…BORING!
I’ve determined that my lack of attention to side dishes happens mostly because I spend so much time making the main course, that I honestly don’t give a darn about what accompanies it.
I think with this side dish I struck gold! hee hee
Get it? Ruby gold potatoes . . . I struck gold? Oh, never mind.
Look at how beautiful these babies are!
It was fun to smash them after they were soft. It’s the little things in life, you know?
Then I added the garlic and Old Bay seasoning. Oh, and the buttah!
The sprinkling of the cheese was the piece de resistance!
This potato side dish recipe was adapted from Love That Food.
Potato Side Dishes
I love my green veggies as much as the next girl but sometimes you just need a potato side loaded with all the good stuff. By “good stuff” I mean butter and cheese of course!
Potatoes also have the huge benefit of being super economical meaning they’re perfect for feeding a crowd. Maybe that’s why, around the holidays, I’m always looking for interesting and delicious potato recipes to try.
Looking for more ideas for potato side dishes beyond the ordinary mashed, baked and fried?
Check out these Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes and these Roasted Thyme Blue Potatoes for something a little different. If you want a spin on your classic favorite potato recipes, you’re sure to like Vanilla Mashed Potatoes and my Twice Baked Potato recipes, too.
Oh boy, and if you like rosemary? Stop what you’re doing and go make these Rosemary Potato Fingers! How can you go wrong with potatoes + herbs?
Moving on to the sweet potato world for a moment: I LOVE whipping up a pan of Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Molasses Glazed Sweet Potatoes or my blogging friend Rebecca’s Melting Sweet Potatoes especially for Thanksgiving and holiday meals.
How do you make smashed potatoes?
Making smashed potatoes is OH so much fun! It’s like if mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes fell in love and had a delicious tater baby.
Am I going too far?
Anyhow, to make these smashed potatoes you first boil the red potatoes until they’re soft. Then, you put them on a baking pan and, yes, smash them with the bottom of a heavy glass.
This step makes the potatoes about half an inch thick which helps them bake up with a crispier skin when you finish them in the oven.
This smashed potato recipe uses both olive oil and butter to create a potato with an amazingly crisp exterior that’s soft, fluffy and creamy when you bite into it.
What makes this potato recipe even better is all the Monterey Jack (or Colby) cheese baked on top. I also season the spuds with Old Bay, freshly ground pepper and chives.
And garlic. Can’t forget the garlic!
I mean, I suppose you could and the potatoes would still taste good–but everything’s better with plenty of garlic, am I right?
I like to take one extra step and put chives UNDER the cheese later of the potato as well as on top before these puppies go into the oven. This ensures that all the chives don’t fall right off the potatoes when you plate them.
- 1.5 lbs. small red potatoes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- 1/2 cup 4 ounces freshly grated Monterey Jack / Colby cheese
- Rinse and gently scrub the potatoes under cold water.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
- Fill a medium pot with water. When it comes to a boil, add two tablespoons Kosher salt.
- Place potatoes into water and boil for 15 minutes until fork tender.
- In a small microwavable bowl, melt the butter. Add the minced garlic, Old Bay seasoning, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix well.
- Drain the potatoes and pat dry if needed so that the olive oil will adhere to the skin.
- Pour the 3 tablespoons olive oil into a large bowl, add salt and pepper to taste and add potatoes. Toss gently to coat.
- Place potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet
- With a heavy bottomed glass, flatten each potato so that they are about 1/2-inch thick or so. You can also use a potato masher.
- Using a pastry brush, brush each potato with the butter mixture.
- Bake for 5 - 7 minutes.
- Using 1 tablespoon of the chives, sprinkle each potato.
- Place an equal amount of grated cheese on each potato.
- Sprinkle the remaining chives on top.
- Bake for 5 - 7 minutes.
Um, so yeah. I completely forgot to count how many potatoes this made because as soon as they were out of the oven we were eating them and couldn’t stop. I’ll say there was enough to comfortably serve 4 people.
I rate everything I make on a scale of 1 -4 and these Smashed Roasted Cheesy Potatoes earned 4 rolling pins! They were that good. And you can bet your bippy I’ll be making them again and again.
The cheese with the chives on them was delicious and the Old Bay Seasoning gave them just the right bit of kick.
If you like these Smashed Roasted Cheesy Potatoes, then check out these other great recipes from around the web!
If you want to really “wow” the crowd at your next dinner party or gathering, I promise you that these Cheddar Duchess Potatoes from Or Whatever You Do will do the trick!
Still can’t get enough potatoes? Visit my round-up of 40+ Potato Side Dishes for more cooking ideas!
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!