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Smashed Red Potatoes

Smashed Red PotatoesIt’s been a long night and I am tired. I just got home from spending three hours in the ER with my son. He was running around the house this evening and fell into the corner of our very hard and heavy footstool face first. He had a small but deep gash and a very sore forehead that ended up getting three stitches. He was so brave while getting the stitches–he made my husband and me very proud.

My daughter still has a very tender mouth due to her new braces so I made a big batch of one of her favorites – smashed potatoes. This recipe really couldn’t be any easier to make and they tasted wonderful. Even my husband, who doesn’t love potatoes (which is quite weird since we both were raised in Idaho), couldn’t get enough of these smashed red potatoes. They were creamy, buttery, and absolutely delicious. These potatoes made my daughter a very happy girl.

Smashed Red Potatoes:


  • 3/4 lb red potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2-3 tbsp butter, softened
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Smashed Red Potatoes

How to Make Smashed Red Potatoes

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 minutes.

Drain the potatoes; return to the pot, stirring, over low heat for one minute. This dries the excess moisture from the potatoes so they can absorb the milk and butter.

Smash the potatoes with a hand masher until you reach your desired consistency. Stir in the milk, butter, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Smashed Red Potatoes


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Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe from Cuisine at Home ~ October 2011


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  1. Hope your little guy is feeling better soon! I made these potatoes the other day and they are soooo good. Always a comfort!

  2. hope your son feels better soon and your daughter too. I had braces when I was a kid and I know they can hurt the first couple weeks but she will get used to them and eventually she won't even feel them in her mouth.

    Those potatoes look great!!!

  3. Wow what a day it has been!!! In my books nothing is more comforting to those with or without stitches and braces than smashed potatoes.

  4. Oh my gosh…I am so sorry to hear about your son! That must have been very scary for all of you! I hope your son and daughter are feeling better soon, Pam!

    The potatoes look delicious and I hope your daughter was able to eat them!

    Kim in MD

  5. Thank you for this recipe! Looks like a simple way to start cooking potatoes. Why am I so intimidated by them?? Will try this soon! Ana

  6. Hope your son is ok!! Goodness, sounds like something I would have done when I was a kid… wait, sounds like something that would happen to me now even! lol
    The potatoes looks wonderful… but I'm a sucker for potatoes!!

  7. I love smashed red potatoes. Red ones always taste better this way. Glad your son is ok! It's been a rough week for your kiddos. Hope that you can avoid any more doctors or ouchies for a while now!

  8. That is pretty easy. I love red potatoes, especially with boiled crawfish. I'll definitely have to try this out.

  9. Oh my goodness … a mother's nightmare … what is it with little kids and ramming and tearing? Ha! Doing what comes naturally … unfortunately, the furniture does get in the way sometimes! Hope he's doing fine and not head-achey from the collision! Poor you, though! So stressful! I'm betting the comfort food was as good for you as it was for the kids! Here's hoping you have a

  10. I can relate. My son who was about 1 1/2 had hit his forehead on the coffee table. I couldn't handle it <<< first time momma here, thank goodness the hubby was here. I was one nervous wreck! Boys will be boys.

    Potatoes sound yummy! I'll have to try em'!

  11. Wow, sounds like an eventful night! I'm sorry! I hope everyone is feeling better. I love smashed potatoes! These sound very yummy.

  12. Aww, sounds like your little ones are going through trying times… I'll be thinking of your son and daughter and hoping everything starts looking sunny for you all soon. In the meantime, keep making beautiful and delicious dishes like these potatoes! They look like the perfect comfort food for kids and adults alike.

  13. Hope your kids are feeling better, you had some night! Potatoes are a great comfort food, they look so good.

  14. So sorry to hear about your son. Hope him and your daughter are feeling better soon.
    I love mashed potatoes but have never had them like this. I can't wait to try this recipe 🙂

  15. Hope your son is feeling better today. Sending healing thoughts his way.

    Smashed potatoes are among my favorite food too. So yummy.

  16. A huge thank you for the wonderful blog! I am out on my own for the first time and I never know what to cook! Thank you for the abundance of yummy recipes to try! I am going to make these with some ranch crusted chicken breasts. I’m sure they will be a hit!