Smashed Potatoes

We have used this recipe for a while but didn’t realize we didn’t share it with the world. The Kid Cooks use this not only for a side, but also to make potatoes to top dishes like the Tex Mex Shepherd’s Pie. So here it is, a simple set of directions to make “smashed” potatoes. We are a “leave the peelings on” family, but that is up to you. Peeling takes time, patience and remove nutrients. We just don’t bother with that!. You do you, though! We are sure you will like what you make either way. Side dishes like t hi are also great ways for my kids to cook along with me, contributing to the meal.

Smashed Potatoes                                                                        Makes 4 servings             


Cutting board and knife


Potato Masher

3 to 4 quart pot with lid

Colander or Strainer

For measuring recipe parts: 2 small bowls


  • 2 pounds of potatoes, gold or russet
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • In a small bowl, place:
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt


  • Peel garlic cloves (do not chop)
  • Do one to potatoes: Scrub clean in sink or peel each
  • Cut potatoes into pieces the size of your thumb


  1. In pot, place
    1. Potatoes
    2. Garlic
    3. 1 Tablespoon salt
    4. 8 cups of water
  2. Put on stove on medium high and bring to a boil
  3. Reduce to medium low and cook until tender, 15 – 20 minutes
  4. Drain potatoes and garlic in strainer
  5. Return to pot; stir over low heat 2 minutes.
  6. Turn stove off; remove pan from heat.
  7. Mash potatoes and garlic in pot until they are the way you want.
  8. Add butter; cover with lid for 3 minutes.
  9. Add
    1. Milk
    2. Sour cream or yogurt
    3. Seasoning
  10. Stir to mix ingredients
  11. Reheat on low, if needed. Turn stove off again
  12. Serve.

Dad HH’s Creation

pdf version of this recipe >> Smashed Potatoes

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