Baby potatoes, roasted in the oven until crispy, then topped with garlicky pesto make a delicious side dish, or even an appetizer. These pesto smashed potatoes are so easy to make with either homemade or store-bought pesto sauce.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- Easy. These make an easy side dish. They're always a hit with both kids and adults alike.
- Crispy: What is it about those crispy edges that everyone seems to love?
- Full-flavoured garlic pesto!
- Potatoes on their own are delicious, but potatoes with toppings, like pesto or chimichurri or blue cheese are even better! Try these Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes with Chimichurri or these Crispy Grilled Potatoes with Blue Cheese in Foil.
🛒 Ingredients and substitutions
You'll find a complete list of ingredients with amounts in the recipe card below. But before we get to the full recipe, here are a few notes about the ingredients.
- potatoes: I like to use baby potatoes, especially a creamy yellow variety.
- garlic: a fresh clove or two.
- flaky sea salt: adds a little crunch to these crispy potatoes.
- olive oil: to get that crispy texture.
- pesto: use my homemade 5-minute Basil Cashew Pesto recipe (so fresh-tasting!) or use store-bought pesto sauce.
Here's an overview of what you'll do to make this recipe perfectly. You'll find complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post.
Boil baby potatoes until fork tender.
Place them on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Use a drinking glass to gently press down on each potato, one at a time to "smash" them.
Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with minced garlic and flaky sea salt, then roast in the oven until crisp and slightly browned.
Transfer to a serving dish and top each smashed potato with a spoonful of fresh pesto sauce.
🔁 Possible Variations
Add a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese during the last 5 minutes of roasting time. More Italian flavours!
👍🏼 Helpful Tips
Make sure the potatoes are completely cooked before removing them from the heat. A fork should slide into them easily. If they're undercooked, they won't smash as easily.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
These pesto smashed potatoes go well with almost any cuisine, but especially Italian or Mediterranean dishes. Try them with
- Baked Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Chicken
- Easy Baked Lemon Chicken
- Bourbon Maple-Glazed Salmon
- Keto Pistachio Crusted Salmon
or simply serve them as finger food along with other favourite tapas like these 20 Easy Finger Food Appetizers.
⏰ Storage Instructions
To store: Store leftover potatoes in the fridge. While these are best straight from the oven, you can reheat them in the oven or your air fryer at 350° and add a little more fresh pesto sauce.
🗒 More favourite potato side dishes
- Crispy Grilled Potatoes with Blue Cheese in Foil
- Grilled Lemon Garlic Potato Kabobs
- Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes with Chimichurri
- Crispy Lemon Oven-Roasted Potatoes
- Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Pesto Smashed Potatoes
- 1 pound baby potatoes
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons pesto sauce
- Wash and scrub potatoes, removing any loose dirt.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cool water. Cover with a lid.
- Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are easily fork-tender.
- Drain the potatoes and arrange them on an oiled or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Using a drinking glass or a fork, gently press down on each potato until the skin breaks and the flesh is revealed. "Smash" the potatoes one at a time.
- Drizzle generously with olive oil, then sprinkle with finely minced garlic and flaky or coarse sea salt.
- Roast at 425°F. for 20 - 25 minutes or until potatoes have crispy edges. Remove from the oven, transfer to a serving dish and top each smashed potato with a spoonful of fresh pesto.