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Smashed Yukon Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter Compote

Potatoes…. Fry, Saute, Bake, Roast……..Loaded, Stuffed, Whipped, Mashed

Regardless the method or type of potato dish you chose to make, Potatoes are simply one of the easiest vegetables to cook and play around with. Plus, everyone likes potatoes, unless of course you were like myself growing up and I would not eat a potato for the life of me. No way, no how. No matter what my mom did I would not eat a potato!

I was getting bored the other day- Yes BORED. I know it is hard to believe with a 2 year old running around, a growing belly and cookbook agents calling me every second (Okay, that last part was a lie- I just like to pretend that is happening sometimes). Anyway, so I was bored and we were having your average chicken dish that night and although I am all for average and eating leftovers I always like to included something- rather anything new in the menu. For instance, if we are having canned soup (Yep, we eat canned soup) then I make a good hearty and yummy loaf of bread. If we are having leftover beef then I make a nice new salad dressing for a steak salad or a fun sauce to serve over it with a zesty rice or something to that degree. My point is I like to mix old and new, average and creative together and it really makes cooking fun. You should try it!

So where am I going with this? I had a big old bag of yukon potatoes in my pantry and  I wanted to do something different with them and I had remembered seeing a smashed potato recipe a while back and thought I would go for it. I made my own garlic herb butter compote to top these delicious creations after boiling them first in a pot of water and then smashing them down with a potato masher. Simple and Fun! A drizzle of EVOO and a dash of S&P and you have an amazing side dish. It is the perfect combonation of both worlds. A soft mashed texture on the inside and a crispy almost fried texture on the outside.

Down right slap your mama step back from the kitchen insanely good (run on sentence I know!) Seriously, the best potato dish you have ever and will ever eat. Promise, take my word, DO IT!

Note: Did you know that potatoes can also be used to treat warts, clean berry stains, soothe burns and help grow geraniums? Just sayin…..


Smashed Yukon Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter Compote

Ingredients: adapted from Pioneer Woman

  • 12 whole Yukom Gold Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning ( I used Slap Your Mama)
  • 1 TBSP parsley
  • 1 TBSP chives
  • 1 TBSP garlic paste
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened at room temp
  • drizzle of Devo Olive Oil


Mix together the butter, garlic and herbs together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender. On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato.

With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Place a heaping teaspoon of the butter compote on top of each potato. Sprinkle with plenty of kosher salt ( I am obsessed with kosher now) and a dash of cracker black pepper. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.




  1. Shawn

    I was so not expecting individual smashed potatoes…what a wonderful, inventive surprise! I’m taking your word (’cause I believe you) that these are the best and will make them soon. I’m also believing many a book offer for you 🙂

    22 . Aug . 2011
  2. Three-Cookies

    This sounds awesome, I love potatoes served in any shape and form, except raw/sashimi:) The cookbook agents will call

    22 . Aug . 2011
  3. Bonnie

    I’ve done a similar thing with potatoes and had guests completely baffled as to what exactly I had wrought with the humble tuber! I like your idea of mixing the simple with the extraordinary.


    22 . Aug . 2011
  4. Cooking Creation

    I love smashed potatoes and we have them nearly once a week as a side. I’ve never used cajun seasoning on them but that’s going to change. Great idea!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  5. Val

    I could eat my weight in these little beauties!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  6. nancy at good food matters

    they say necessity is the mother of invention,but I think boredom can spur some fabulous creative acts as well. Your smashed spuds with garlic-herb butter compote look wonderful. They would make a great presentation on a dinner plate, too. Well done!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  7. Sheila

    Treat warts??!! Seriously? Ewww…
    Taters smashed our one of our faves, the leftovers make great breakfast taters too ; )

    22 . Aug . 2011
  8. Candace

    *praying that this comment will post* I have been having serious commenting issues lately. Grrr! Anyway…love love love smashed potatoes! We call them “ugly potatoes” around here but it is said with all manner of respect and love. I have never tried the Garlic Herb butter compote on them but I definitely will next time. I didn’t think the regular plain version could get any better; but I’m sure I was wrong. This looks fantastic!!!!!!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  9. lena

    with your wonderful and creativity idea, i’m not surprised at all that cookbook agents will call you up one day. Jess, this potatoes with that seasoning sounds great, i would love to make them someday!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  10. Maris (In Good Taste)

    They look like pretty flowers! You will have those cookbook agents calling you! Great job!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  11. Erica

    It always feels good to mix it up! Ive made smashed potatoes like this before and loved how they were crispy on the outside,soft on the inside

    22 . Aug . 2011
  12. kelli

    Being a rice farmer…..My bumper sticker says “Eat Rice, Potatoes make your butt big”
    Now with that being said….this looks good so I guess I will have to run this off!!!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  13. kitchen flavours

    You had me smiling with your cookbook agent..dreams do come true! And you had me drooling over your potatoes! We love potatoes, any way they are done, and yours are spelling DELICIOUS all over! Love it!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  14. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Not only do these look so delicious but they are just so cute!! We love smashed potatoes and these look like a recipe we will so enjoy!!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  15. lindsay

    yum! this look awesome baby mama! i have a mild obsession with potatoes. i lurve them! hope you had a great weekend!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  16. Rivki Locker

    These look incredible. I happen to have a bag of yukon golds in the pantry and I also happen not to have a menu for tonight. I think I’ll try these (and I’ll report back if I do!). Thanks for the idea!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  17. Amy

    I think this presentation is great. Simple recipe but looks like it took hours to make. Impressing your guests with these potatoes! I love them! I can eat potatoes (or carbs for that matter) every day of the week! Thanks for sharing!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  18. Greg

    These are just the coolest. I love how there’s always something new to do with potatoes. Great recipe.

    22 . Aug . 2011
  19. Brittany

    So creative!!!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  20. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Yum! I love potatoes and these look fabulous!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  21. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I’m fairly certain that kosher salt just makes everything better. No joke. These look unbelievable! Yumm!!!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  22. alpana

    Came across your blog today. These potato fritters look great. I love your blog. Lots of recipes worth trying.
    Do visit my blog smart-snacks.blogspot.com

    22 . Aug . 2011
  23. Laural @ Being Healthier

    okay, you just inspired my next post at the examiner for couples cooking with potatoes for two! love this!

    What a creative way to make potatoes! omg omg omg. I said omg on the first photo!

    Great recipe and GREAT post, its fun to type slap yo mamma…

    22 . Aug . 2011
  24. Alli

    I thought I was the only kid who hated potatoes! I still really don’t like them but, my husband loves loves loves them so, I am constantly trying to find something I will eat and he will love. This looks like it could fit the bill. Delicious.

    22 . Aug . 2011
  25. MaryBeth

    This is so easy..that in its self is awesome. But you really had me at garlic, I love garlic

    22 . Aug . 2011
  26. yummychunklet

    Everything about this dish sounds heavenly, especially the herbed butter compote!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  27. sportsglutton

    Creative twist with potatoes…looks delicious!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  28. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Smashed individual taters—they look G-R-E-A-T! I’m a potato lovah. <3 Also, as someone who used to have tres bad skin, potatoes eliminate dark spots! #winning

    22 . Aug . 2011
  29. Caroline

    What a great idea, I love it! Changes up the average baked potato. That garlic herb butter sounds divine. Wow.

    22 . Aug . 2011
  30. Reem

    I’m a potato lover to the core, your’s smashed potatoes looks awesome…. Garlic Buttter…Yummm…
    Love it.

    22 . Aug . 2011
  31. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

    Wow I’ve never tried smashed potatoes before–they look GREAT! Thanks for sharing 😀

    22 . Aug . 2011
  32. kankana

    I just made mint potatoes for lunch and now looking at this, I am again craving for potatoes. I have no clue why but i love potatoes all the time. This is a very interesting way to try these.

    22 . Aug . 2011
  33. Dzoli

    These potatoes gotlucky.Must have been explosion of the tate.Very creative dish:)

    22 . Aug . 2011
  34. Sandie

    How can you go wrong with something so good like a potatoe? Looks great

    22 . Aug . 2011
  35. Cecilia g

    This recipe is so completely me.. i am impressed. I once started to write a book called Potatoes are your Best Friend, but I got distracted by the food.. So glad i dropped in hope you don’t mind if i come again.. c

    22 . Aug . 2011
  36. Shea

    I can’t believe you didn’t like potatoes!! I can’t imagine! Although one of my friends doesn’t like them either–how is that possible? But I bet she’d change her mind if I made her these–these look SO delicious!!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  37. Mom of many

    Love these potatoes. They are not only delicious looking but so cute and creative. Perfect for a few or a bunch of people.

    22 . Aug . 2011
  38. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I. Need. These. Now. Oh my, they look wonderfully delicious- my mouth is watering! 🙂

    22 . Aug . 2011
  39. Chris

    Yeah, I love potatoes too – cooked in any form. These look great.

    22 . Aug . 2011
  40. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Everything you make, no matter how simple, seems so amazingly delicious, Jessica!

    22 . Aug . 2011
  41. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Aah yes, the good ol’ spud! LOVE them no matter which way they are prepared. Your smashed spuds look fabulous! YUM.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    23 . Aug . 2011
  42. Eva

    That’s a nice take on potatoes! And easy too. I love Yukon gold.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  43. bonnie at sweet life

    I love this recipe adapted from PW. I have made them countless time, thanks for mixing it up!! oh yeah and that cookbook call girl with your recipes, it’s bound to happen!

    happy tuesday!

    23 . Aug . 2011
  44. erica

    This is such a unique idea and actually looks really cute. I just might need to make these for my next dinner party!


    23 . Aug . 2011
  45. Kristy

    I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the recipe or that potatoes can get rid of berry stains. We always have berry stains on jammies and shirts around here. 🙂 This looks very good!!! I mean really very, very good! Maybe it could get my kids to eat potatoes – they will only eat fries. Otherwise, they won’t touch them.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  46. daphne

    oh yeah! potatoes goes soo well with most food..and look at what you got! Smashing some food- must be real good!!!

    23 . Aug . 2011
  47. birdie to be

    Yum! Great recipe!

    23 . Aug . 2011
  48. Barefeet In The Kitchen

    Oh, YUM! We love crash/smashed potatoes. These are heavenly. Nice photos.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  49. Jess

    Oh my goodness! I just found your site and am in love. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Its so fun and different.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  50. Linda

    You are so creative!! and so full of information these days, I had no idea potatoes had so many uses!!! Thanks for sharing those tips! I love this potato recipe, definitely changes up the presentation of just another potato side dish.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  51. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Yum! did you hear I got a Kitchen Aid mixer?! I am so excited! no, I don’t plan to COOK with it, but it sure is pretty. I feel just like you now.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  52. The Slow Roasted Italian

    These look delicious!!! Sounds like a great idea and I just bought one of those fancy potato mashing things (said with a real southern accent). Seriously though, I never owned one. I don’t think my mom does either. She’s from New York. : )

    Sorry, I am in a goofy mood. How’s the belly??? I have a 18 month old and am thinking of another myself.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  53. Stefanie

    I keep meaning to try smashed potatoes, but these are smashed potatoes taken to the next degree! The butter compote is such a perfect addition, and I love the cute smashed potato look 🙂

    23 . Aug . 2011
  54. Nancy

    Love the look of these. So elegant and delicious. The butter comport sounds incredible.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  55. Danielle

    Really? Come on? You are like the m

    23 . Aug . 2011
  56. Danielle

    Okay let’s try this again. I accidentally hit submit on my iPhone:) anyway what I was going to say was your like the most creative abd resourceful gal I know. This is so genius and fun and delicious and pretty! Totally see me serving this for our next dinner party.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  57. blackbookkitchendiaries

    this recipe is just awesome! i cant wait to make some this weekend. thank you for sharing this and have a great day.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  58. Ruth

    they look wonderful

    23 . Aug . 2011
  59. Veronica's Kitchen

    That’s a great idea of making smashed potatoes with the skin on, great for a side dish!

    23 . Aug . 2011
  60. Roxana GreenGirl

    i love the idea of individual smashed potatoes. and the garlic herb butter – oh my goodness, I want one of thes epotatoes right now!

    23 . Aug . 2011
  61. purabi naha

    yummy potatoes! I loved the flavours used!!! Yummy!!!

    23 . Aug . 2011
  62. rosita vargas

    Exquisitas papas se ven muy sabrosas,acá le llamamos papas rotas y agregamos ají merken,saludos y abrazos.

    23 . Aug . 2011
  63. anthony stemke

    This is a great unusual potato dish. As they say in New Orleans, it’s so good it will make you want to smack yo mama.

    24 . Aug . 2011
  64. Roz

    I love little smashed potatoes and made a recipe a while ago from one of Giada’s cookbooks. Although it was tasty, I think that your garlic butter compote would be even better! And we can’t get enough potatoes in this household. Mr. M and P (meat and potatoes) couldn’t imagine life without them . . . even out of a box mix! I’ll try these and will let you know the raves that I’ll get!

    24 . Aug . 2011
  65. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I love this idea! I never thought of cooking potatoes this way. I use the same tool to mash potatoes but this idea never came to me. It looks fantastic! I love potatoes and really appreciate new recipes!

    24 . Aug . 2011
  66. Torrie @ a place to share...

    If I was an cookbook agent, I’d be KNOCKING DOWN YOUR DOOR.

    Just sayin. =)

    25 . Aug . 2011
  67. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    This is so yummy looking! You’re so creative… Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    26 . Aug . 2011
  68. LamagicaZucca

    Beautiful blog!
    I love your recipes and presentation of dishes.
    I have added to your followers.
    If you want, come and visit me, you’re welcome

    27 . Aug . 2011
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  70. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    I have never heard of smashed potatoes before
    They sound amazing!

    31 . Aug . 2011

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