Sami's Smashed Potatoes


Sami’s Smashed Potatoes

Sami's Smashed Potatoes

Papas Aplastadas para Sami

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Cooking time

1 hour

Rate this recipe

5 from 7 votes


  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil plus more to brush dish
  • 8 to 10 garlic cloves pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ancho or chipotle chile powder or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried and crumbled rosemary
  • 1 cup grated parmeggiano reggiano or queso añejo

To Prepare

  • In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Drop in the potatoes and cook until completely cooked and soft, about 20 minutes. The tip of a sharp knife should be able to completely and easily go through one.
  • Brush olive oil on a large baking sheet or dish. Place the potatoes, one by one, on the baking sheet. With the back of a soup spoon, smash each potato lightly but firmly until it flattens, albeit unevenly, halfway; as if just lightly smashed, but not completely broken apart. Continue with all the potatoes. Don’t let them cool too much, or it won’t be as easy to smash and lightly flatten them.
  • Place the oven rack in the upper third tier and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix the olive oil with the pressed or finely chopped garlic, chile powder, rosemary and salt. Spoon some of the garlic mixture on top of each lightly smashed potato. Cover with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until they are golden and crisp. Serve hot.


43comments inSami’s Smashed Potatoes

  1. Rosemary Rigney

    Aug 03

    Just saw this and love the different spices you use! Thank you for sharing your love of cooking.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Thanks to you for the kind words Rosemary!

  2. Margarita

    Jun 08

    I am going to try the cucumber avocado salad because it looks nice & refreshing!

    I’m trying these papas later today, I hope they’re as good as yours!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 21

      I hope you liked both recipes Margarita, let me know!

  3. Anonymous

    Apr 16

    saw you and your son enjoying them on our PBS channel Thanks for such a great show. I watch it alot

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      So happy you have been tuning in and enjoying the show, thanks so much!

  4. Lisa Livingstone

    Mar 04

    I ate them all these were so good!
    What a great appetizer to serve as well!
    Thanks for this recipe 😃

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 06

      So very happy you liked Sami’s Potatoes Lisa, un abrazo!

  5. Yolanda Mendoza, Ft. Worth,Tx.

    Jan 19

    Aye Pati!
    I’m not a big cook, but after watching your show on Friday night n reruns on Sat. I thought I’d give Sammie’s favorite mash potatoes a try … hopefully my grandson will enjoy them. However, didn’t have rosemary! So, ay ve!!
    You make every thing look so easy
    y bien saborso!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 22

      Espero que hayan disfrutado las papas Yolanda, abrazos a ti y a tu nieto!

  6. Lisa Bell

    Jan 18

    We watched the episode when you made this on Friday evening (we LOVE @CreateTV!), then made it ourselves to go with last night’s dinner. So good! Especially the little tastes of rosemary and garlic.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 23

      Awesome, so happy you made them Lisa!

  7. JB

    Jan 16

    I have fell in love with these potatoes a wonderful side dish for dinner

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 07

      So happy to read this, gracias JB!

  8. Sue H

    Sep 10

    I love this dish, a perfect side with everything.

    Truly enjoy your TV show on Create TV and look forward to watching on weekends for cooking inspiration.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 03

      Gracias Sue, big hug!

  9. Grace d.

    Jan 02

    I’ve made these several times, because they are so good — and easy. I made them for the big family Christmas dinner, and got raves from all, even from the “I don’t like anything new” crowd.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 03

      So glad you guys had a great Christmas dinner, Grace!

  10. Lisa S

    Aug 21

    We love watching your show on Create TV on the weekends! Learning about Mexico and the cuisine is so interesting. We all love Sami’s smashed potatoes! I’m making it on a regular basis now. Thank you for all of your creative recipes!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 22

      That’s so awesome. Thank you so much, Lisa!

  11. Anonymous

    Jan 13


    1. Pati

      Jan 14



    Dec 23

    Pati, I’m making Sami’s smashed potatoes for Christmas Day dinner , doesn’t matter they don’t go with tamales , but I’m excited to see how my family likes them.

    1. Pati

      Dec 23

      It sounds like you are making a super yum Christmas dinner. Enjoy!

  13. Carlos Ayala

    Nov 30

    I love smashed potatoes! I was actually inspired to start cooking potatoes like this after seeing your video of this recipe. I also boil the potatoes first, but instead of baking, I sauté them in butter and olive oil and actually smash them right away when they hit the pan, turning on both sides so they brown. I served them with pollo ala milanesa and they were such a hit, my mom loved them a lot! But I think one day, I will try to infuse the butter and oil with the seasonings in the recipe before sautéing, considering she likes all those flavors. Thank you for giving me this great idea!

    1. Pati

      Dec 01

      That’s awesome that you’ve made the recipe your own, Carlos. Say hi to your mom for me.

      1. Carlos Ayala

        Dec 01

        Well, your recipes have become a new inspiration for my cooking! And especially for someone who loves potatoes, this has become one of my new favorites. I will tell her you said hello; I’m sure she’d be happy, considering she was the very person who introduced me to your show 😉

        1. Pati

          Dec 02


  14. Jill s

    Sep 01

    5 star recipe we make all the time.

    1. Pati

      Sep 05

      Thank you Jill!

  15. Diane

    Jul 04

    Hi Pati! Love your show and your recipes. I make these potatoes all the time. U can also cook potatoes in the microwave a few minutes till done and smash with a small plate. Then use the olive oil, black pepper, paprika, chipotle powder and kosher salt and cheese. Bake just like Sami. Awesome.

    1. Pati

      Jul 06

      Making the recipe your own is so great Diane!

  16. Ebony

    Apr 22

    I just made Sami’s smashed potatoes to go with my beef tips in Chipotle mole con crema…my family LOVED it!! They also loved the vinaigrette; you bathed some greens in it to go with the salmon and bacon sandwiches. I dress greens in it all the time now. I love your show and all the wonderful, beautiful Mexican cities and amazing food you showcase. Happy eating…and cooking! Sabrosa!!

    1. Pati

      Apr 27

      Ebony, I’m super happy your family loved it all, and thank you for your sweet message!

  17. Carolyn

    Sep 27

    Pati — I made these for dinner last night, and not only did the kitchen smell incredible while they were baking, but my sister-in-law moaned on every bite! (The rest of us were moaning on the inside.) LOVE your show and your food!

    1. Pati

      Sep 28

      Gracias, Carolyn!

  18. Bob and Linda Henry

    Sep 02

    Pati,,, Excellent. We plan to try these next week. They look great ! We missed the portion which showcased the restaurant that highlighted you placing everything on a tortilla. What and where was that?
    We LOVE your show and look forward to every episode. Regards from Northern Wisconsin !

    1. Pati

      Sep 06

      Hola Wisconsin!! Are you referring to El Cardenal in Mexico City?

  19. Tammy J.

    Aug 20

    Pati, I made these for supper last night. Delicious! I can’t believe I’ve not had smashed potatoes in my life before now!

    1. Pati

      Aug 21

      So happy you tried them!!

  20. Silvia

    Aug 12

    Tried Samis smashed potatoes – diliciosas!

    1. Pati

      Aug 21


  21. Karinne

    Aug 03

    Very good! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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