These easy one-bite smashed potato bites are everything you need for your evening snack! Light healthy and gluten-free!!
Potatoes are a staple side dish in every house, as they pair so well with almost every dish. The addition of potatoes to any dish, whether it be veggies or a casserole, makes the dish much more hearty.
Coupled with the fact that I love Crispy Potato Wedges, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Duchess Potatoes, and even French fries, I think these crispy smashed potato bites are my new favorite dish. They have magnificently crispy skins, comfortingly creamy centers, and a flavor that no one could possibly ever get enough of, in my opinion.
These smashed potato bites are very easy to make. It only requires boiling some small potatoes, smashing them with a jar or glass, seasoning, and air frying!
Although these smashed potato bites aren’t the quickest potato recipe (you need to boil the potatoes till tender, smash them, and then air fry them), they’re not difficult to prepare.
These smashed potatoes are a tasty way to use up any extra potatoes stashed in your pantry. All can enjoy them because they are vegan and gluten-free.
Brunch or dinner is more enjoyable with these smashed potato bites. They’re also great when you want some crispy potatoes but don’t want to eat French fries. If a hefty salad for supper feels too spartan, they go great with it.
They are conveniently ideal for a variety of occasions. They would make a delicious game day snack when paired with Chipotle Lime Crema. If you added some fresh herbs, they would make a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving. That’s great!
Once you’ve tried this recipe for mashed potatoes, you’ll want to make it again and over again.
There is a significant possibility that just half of these will get up to the dinner table, as they are incredibly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Smashed potato bites are also very versatile. You may add your preferred seasonings and toppings to make them more to your liking. They’ll taste fantastic with your preferred dipping sauce, too!
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Try these smashed potato bites in this week’s dinner menu or prepare a large batch for your regular meal prep. Either way, I do not doubt that you’ll love them!
What’s The Difference Between Smashed and Mashed Potatoes?
Even though these two recipes only differ by one letter, they are very different. Potatoes are first boiled until they are quite soft before being mashed or smashed. What happens after boiling is what distinguishes the two.
To make smooth mashed potatoes, milk, butter, seasoning, and sometimes sour cream are added. On the other hand, smashed potatoes are formed into a thin patty and baked till crispy after being sprinkled with some oil and seasoning.
- Potatoes – Rather than large potatoes, pick small ones. This recipe works well with any type of potato, including russet potatoes. However, for crispy potatoes, choose golf ball-sized potatoes.
Smaller potatoes are typically red or yellow in color. Both are good, but I preferred the red-skinned potato since they have a better taste.
- Salt – A pinch of salt will help to balance the flavors. You can use any type of salt which is available to you.
- Crushed red pepper – Adding crushed red pepper will help get some heat and savory flavor.
- Olive oil – You can use any oil, but I used olive oil. Olive oil is excellent for making delectable and nutritious dishes. It’s rich in antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids, and vitamins.
How To Make Smashed Potato Bites?
- Par boil baby potatoes.
- Smash these baby potatoes.
- Sprinkle salt on crushed red chilies and olive oil.
- Air fry these smashed potatoes at 380 for 20 minutes or until crispy.
- Serve and enjoy!
Take a look at those lovely, crisp potatoes. Tell me you don’t want to eat them right out of the air fryer basket. Well, I know that you do. I do, too. It’s best to serve these crunchy smashed potato bites immediately after they come out of the air fryer, while they’re still hot and crispy.
Serve these yummy potato treats with your choice of dip ideally with vegan sour cream.
Here’re some other dipping ideas:
- Vegan Cheese Sauce
- Vegan Caesar Dressing
- Vegan Avocado Crema
- Vegan Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Vegan Thousand Island Dressing
Enjoy them as a standalone starter or snack or integrate them into a main course as a supplementary component. They make a great festive side dish and go great with Vegan Chickpea Burgers, Vegan Black Bean Tacos, or BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches. Serve them with any of these 18 Thanksgiving Air Fryer Side Dishes or traditional dishes like a vegan casserole, cranberry sauce, and stuffing!
- Make sure the sweet potatoes are properly washed and peeled before you start cutting them up. You may eat them with or without the skin, but I prefer them with skin.
- Brush olive oil on the air fryer basket. I typically use parchment paper because it has a nonstick surface and is easy to clean, but baking the potatoes on an oiled surface makes them even crispier. If you ask me, the cleanup is worthwhile.
- Leave enough space between each potato so that they crisp well. You’ll probably have to cook in batches if you have a small air fryer. I suggest cooking in multiple batches for the crispiest results.
- Add some fresh or dried herbs for greater flavor.
- Add some onion and garlic powder. These are two magical ingredients. They give potatoes a mild savory flavor that elevates them!
- I like my crispy smashed potato bites without the cheese. However, you could always top them with a sprinkle of cheese, like grated Parmesan, feta, goat cheese, or even some crumbled feta.
- Make use of butter and a little oil. Oil+butter guarantees better and more consistent browning and crispiness. Because butter burns at high temperatures in the oven, it cannot be used alone.
Smashed potato bites may go mushy in the fridge, so I suggest eating them as soon as possible. However, if you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3- 5 days.
To reheat, microwave them for 60 seconds and top them with cheese if preferred. However, keep in mind that they won’t be as crisp as they would be if you ate them straight after air frying. But they’ll be delicious after reheating. To maintain some crunch, you might reheat them in the oven or air fryer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Best Potatoes for Smashed Potatoes?
Here, the two key points I want to emphasize are the need for smaller potatoes and waxy potatoes rather than starchy ones. Starchier potatoes don’t hold up well in this recipe but are excellent for things like fries. Yukon golds are ideal because they crisp up beautifully while also having a creamy suppleness that provides the greatest texture contrast. If you only have large potatoes, cut those in half before boiling them to keep the cooking time the same. Just arrange the potatoes skin-side down on the baking sheet or air fryer.
How Do You Smash Potato?
To smash your potatoes, all you actually need is the bottom of a circular glass or mason jar. Simply press them with your glass of choice, and voilà! Your potatoes have been smashed.
Why It Is Difficult to Smashed Potatoes?
You should definitely give the potatoes more time to boil if you’re having difficulties “smashing” them. Depending on their size, boiling times will differ. The potatoes can be microwaved for a few minutes to assist them to soften up if the boiling water has already been removed from the pot.
Are Smashed Potato Bites Healthy?
You can obtain the following health benefits by eating these delectable carbs.
- Vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6 are all found in the potato, and the lack of cholesterol makes it a good choice for those concerned about heart health.
- It contains numerous nutrients that are beneficial to the body’s health, including lutein, which is beneficial to eye health, and choline, which reduces inflammation.
- Because they include iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, they are beneficial to bone health.
- Potatoes are high in potassium, which can help to keep blood pressure in check. Potatoes also include calcium and magnesium, which have been shown to naturally lower blood pressure.
- Potatoes are high in fiber, which aids digestion. Fiber aids weight loss by keeping our stomachs full for extended periods of time.
- Potatoes are high in folate, which helps to reduce your cancer risk.
How Do I Store Leftovers?
Any leftover potatoes can be refrigerated for 5 days or frozen for up to a month if kept in an airtight container.
These smashed potato bites are the perfect side dish having a crispy, crunchy texture and lots of savory flavors.
They will vanish from the crowd in a second, so make sure you get your fix.
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- Categories: Gluten-Free, Vegan
- Courses: Entrée, Main Course
- Cuisine: American
- Energy: 117 kcal / 489 kJ
- Fat: 3.5 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Carbs: 19.8 g
- Preparation: 10 min
- Cooking: 20 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- For: 4 servings
- 1 pound baby potatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon red chilis, crushed or pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until they are fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool.
- Use a fork or the bottom of a glass to gently smash each potato until it's about 1/2 inch thick.
- Sprinkle salt, crushed red chilies, and olive oil.
- Air fry these smashed potatoes at 380 for 20 minutes or bake them in a preheated oven at 400 F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- Remove from oven and top with your favorite toppings. Serve hot. Serve and enjoy!