One of our all-time favorite summer dinners at my household is the delightful dish of crispy crushed new potatoes. I can’t emphasize enough just how beloved these spuds are; we indulge in them at least once or twice a week during the warm summer months. If you’re looking for a simple, mouthwatering recipe that delivers arguably the best smashed new potatoes ever, you’ve come to the right place. These crispy, herby potatoes are incredibly versatile and complement a wide range of meals. One day, we might pair them with a refreshing green salad, and the next, they’re the perfect sidekick for a hearty roast dinner.
The goodness of new potatoes
New potatoes are an absolute delight when cooked in their skins. All it takes is a good scrub to remove any dirt before cooking. Not only do they taste amazing, but they also contribute to your daily fruit and veggie intake, making them an excellent choice for a healthy vegan side or main dish.
Mixing up the flavors
The beauty of these crispy smashed new potatoes is that you can easily change up the seasoning to suit your preferences. For instance, when I paired them with a big summer salad and lemon butter chicken, I kept the seasoning simple. But if you’re planning to serve them alongside something spicier, don’t hesitate to add a few chili flakes or smoked paprika.
Here are some of my all-time favorite new potato flavor combinations to get you started:
- Lemon zest and chives.
- Garlic and rosemary.
- Parmesan cheese and chives.
- Chili flakes.
- Italian mixed herbs.
How to cook the perfect new potatoes
One of the most common questions I receive is, “How long should I boil new potatoes?” As you can see in the recipe below, I boil mine for around 20 minutes, but the key is to make them soft enough to be easily pierced with a fork while ensuring they don’t become too soft to fall apart. When they reach that ideal stage, it’s time to roast your potatoes. Trust me, they’re so delicious that you might find them quite addictive, which explains why we enjoy them so often.
What is another name for new potatoes?
You might come across new potatoes with different names; they’re often labeled as baby potatoes or creamers. The name “creamers” is quite common because new potatoes are frequently cooked in a creamy sauce with peas and onions.
A crucial tip for boiling new potatoes
When you’re getting ready to boil new potatoes, always start with cold water. This is because potatoes are dense and take time to heat thoroughly. Placing them in boiling water causes the outside to cook faster than the center, leading to unevenly cooked spuds.
The perfect cookware choice
I’ve fallen in love with using glass Pyrex roasting dishes for this recipe. They’re perfect because I can take them straight from the oven to the kitchen table. To protect my table, I usually place them on a chopping board. The dish not only looks great but also keeps the food warm for longer when dining outdoors. Lately, I’ve been transitioning to non-metal and tin cookware whenever possible to eliminate unhealthy non-stick coatings and metal pollutants in our food.
Best Crispy New Potatoes Smashed & Herby
- Start by washing 1 kg New potatoes.1 kg New potatoes
- Place the new potatoes in a pot of cold water and boil them for about 20 minutes, or until you can easily pierce them with a fork.
- Add a little olive oil to your roasting dish.3 tablespoons Olive oil
- Pour in the potatoes and toss them to ensure they're lightly coated with the oil.
- Gently press down on each new potato with a potato masher or fork to split the skins and crush them slightly.
- Sprinkle your potatoes with mixed herbs and salt (sometimes I also add lemon rind and chives).1 tablespoon Mixed herbs, ⅛ tsp Salt
- Pop your potatoes onto the middle shelf of your preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes or until they turn golden and crisp. Now all that's left is to serve.
New potatoes health benefits
New potatoes have lots of health benefits especially if you are on a low fat diet as they are naturally fat free. Who would of thought lol. Potatoes are also an excellent source of potassium helps with maintenance of normal blood pressure which is something we are all a bit more worried about in our busy modern lives. Potatoes are also an great source of B vitamins in including Thiamin which helps keep your heart functioning healthy. Folic acid levels which is important especially for pregnant woman can be boosted from adding potatoes to your diet. Some might be wondering how many calories are in boiled new potatoes here is a simple nutrition chart for a 100g of new potatoes:
Calorie and nutrition values for 100g of new potatoes:
- Calories: 75
- Protein: 1.7g
- Carbohydrate: 17.1g
- Fat: 0.3g
- Fiber: 1.6g
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