Smashed 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. These smashed potatoes are a fun twist on your regular mashed potatoes. After first boiling them in a pot of water you they are topped with a flavorful garlic herb butter compote and then finished off in the oven until nice and crispy!  A simple, fun and amazing side dish that your going to want to try!

Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter Compote
  • 12 whole Yukom Gold Potatoes
  • Sea Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 TBSP parsley
  • 1 TBSP chives
  • 1 TBSP garlic paste
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened at room temp
  • drizzle of EVOO
  1. Mix together the butter, garlic and herbs together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 sea salt ( I am obsessed with sea salt 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 🙂

  2. Three-Cookies

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

  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.


  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!

  5. Val

    I could eat my weight in these little beauties!

  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!

  7. Sheila

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

  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!!!!!!

  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!

  10. Maris (In Good Taste)

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

  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

  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!!!

  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!

  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!!

  15. lindsay

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

  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!

  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!

  18. Greg

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

  19. Brittany

    So creative!!!

  20. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Yum! I love potatoes and these look fabulous!

  21. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

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

  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

  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…

  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.

  25. MaryBeth

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

  26. yummychunklet

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

  27. sportsglutton

    Creative twist with potatoes…looks delicious!

  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

  29. Caroline

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

  30. Reem

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

  31. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

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

  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.

  33. Dzoli

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

  34. Sandie

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

  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

  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!!

  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.

  38. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

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

  39. Chris

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

  40. Tina (PinayInTexas)

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

  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

  42. Eva

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

  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!

  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!


  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.

  46. daphne

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

  47. Barefeet In The Kitchen

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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 🙂

  53. Nancy

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

  54. Danielle

    Really? Come on? You are like the m

  55. 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.

  56. blackbookkitchendiaries

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

  57. Ruth

    they look wonderful

  58. Veronica's Kitchen

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

  59. 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!

  60. purabi naha

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

  61. rosita vargas

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

  62. 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.

  63. 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!

  64. 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!

  65. Torrie @ a place to share...

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

    Just sayin. =)

  66. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

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

  67. 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

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  69. Sawsan@chef in disguise

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

  70. sonia

    Lovely post!

    So delighted to see your post and and its one of my fav comfort food!
    Keep sharing your best and look forward to your future creations and write ups.

    Thanks and much luv

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