Amp up your standard potato side with these smashed potatoes, a tasty mix of a baked potato, mashed potato, and a french fry. Top it with this recipe for avocado garlic aioli, or pair it with any other condiment of your choice!
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli
(Makes 7 servings)
FOR THE POTATOES:
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (or try red or new potatoes)
2-2.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
Fine grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (be generous)
Garlic powder, for sprinkling on top
1/3-1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
AVOCADO GARLIC AIOLI:
1 large avocado, halved and pitted
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Veganaise (or vegan mayo of your choice)
Fine grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Add potatoes into a large pot and cover with water (I do not peel the potatoes). Place on stove top and turn heat to high. When the water starts to boil, reduce heat slightly, and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until tender.
Meanwhile, prepare the avocado aioli. Add garlic into food processor and process until minced. Now add the rest of the aioli ingredients and process until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
When potatoes are fork tender, drain in a colander and cool for 10 minutes or so. Preheat oven to 450F.
Place potatoes on a large lightly greased baking sheet. With the base of a mug or measuring cup, smash or press down on each potato until it's mostly flattened. Some potatoes might break apart a little, but this is totally fine.
Drizzle each potato with about 1 teaspoon of oil and sprinkle on a generous amount of salt and pepper. Finally, sprinkle on some garlic powder.
Roast potatoes in the oven for 25-30 minutes until crispy, golden, and browned on the bottom. I roasted the potatoes for 30 minutes as I used fairly large potatoes. Keep an eye on them as cook time will vary.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, more sea salt, and pepper. Serve immediately with avocado aioli and watch them go lightening fast!