Crispy Herbed Smashed Potatoes

by Kiran on January 20, 2015 · 36 comments

in Appetizer, Salads, Vegetarian


I HATE SPAM EMAILS!! 80% of my mailbox is usually spammed with bizarre emails ranging from secrets to weight-loss, how to have an affair, spammy memberships, shipping, pharmaceutical meds etc..

The list of ridiculousness is damn long. Gah!!!

Crispy Herbed Smashed Potatoes | @KiranTarun
I end up spending a lot of time trying to rid all these emails before it begins trickling again the next day, and so on!

It’s so frustrating!!!

Even with additional “rules” added, these horrendous spammy emails somehow manages to creep into my MS Outlook every morning. I need someone to save my mailbox, soon — and in the process, my sanity as well.

Crispy Herbed Smashed Potatoes | @KiranTarun
Fortunately, crispy herbed smashed potatoes did just that.

Even though we don’t like potatoes and there’s no explanation, except, we simply don’t enjoy potatoes. Let me assure you that there’s no hate either — just a vegetable that we usually give a pass.

Unless it’s crispy potatoes. Anything crispy shouldn’t be ignored. Instead, it should be a very delicious weakness and a way to bury your sorrows when its being regularly bombarded with spammy emails.


Crispy Herbed Smashed Potatoes | @KiranTarun

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Serves 4


  • 1 lbs potatoes, skin lightly scrubbed to clean
  • Water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Herbed oil:

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp fresh red chili, minced


  1. Add potatoes into a deep saucepan, top it with water and salt. Cover and bring it to boil. Cook potatoes until tender (between 15 to 20 minutes).
  2. Add all ingredients for herbed oil into a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Preheat oven to 450F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Set aside.
  4. Drain cooked potatoes and pat to dry.
  5. Using a masher, flatten potatoes onto prepared baking sheet lined with foil. Generously brush each smashed potatoes with herbed oil.
  6. Baked smashed potatoes until crisped, about 15 minutes.
  7. Remove potatoes to cool before serving as is, or with a salad.
  8. Optional: a little sprinkling of garam masala!


Crispy Herbed Smashed Potatoes | @KiranTarun
I hope you are having a stress-free, spam free day! If not, let’s enjoy crispy herbed smashed potatoes together. It’s a delicious problem solver.

Really 😀

Are you constantly bombarded with spammy emails? Any solutions?


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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa January 20, 2015 at 1:32 PM

A great recipe and lovely flavors! Smashed potatoes are ever so scrumptious.




2 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Thank you so much, Rosa 🙂


3 Monica January 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM

We love potatoes and all smashed up with crispy edges and flavorful herbs sound all the better! Delish!
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4 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Crispy potatoes are the best, really. Thanks Monica 🙂


5 Parita @ myinnershakti January 20, 2015 at 4:45 PM

YUM! That herbed oil sounds amazing.

I hate spammy emails as well. For personal/blog stuff, I use Gmail and find that the filters are pretty smart.
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6 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Can’t deny the power of gmail 🙂


7 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 20, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Potatoes loaded with flavor! I like that!
My mailbox is full of spam emails as well. I hate to have to delete every single one of them every single day. A real waste of time!
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8 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Thanks Denise — spams are truly a huge waste of time!


9 Kitchen Belleicious January 20, 2015 at 10:34 PM

oh i get spam emails all of the time and i hate it! I found a plugin for spam emails that are coming out of my blog. I will find the name of it and send it to you. These potatoes are awesome. I love how simple and yet flavorufl they are and so versatile as you can do alot of different spices and flavors with it.
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10 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Thanks so much, Jessica. Spam emails are a huge pain 😀


11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 21, 2015 at 1:27 AM

Crispy potatoes are the best, I love these! (And spam emails are the worst!)
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12 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Laura — spot on!!


13 Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ January 21, 2015 at 5:58 AM

The price to pay for being so popular! eheheh
Like you, I receive quite a few spam emails but I don’t get to see them since they go straight away into my spam folder (gotta thanks Gmail for this). Maybe you can set something similar on Outlook?
p.s. I love this recipe, I think I never cooked potatoes this way, will try soon.
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14 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:07 PM

lol, popular? nope! 😀

I didn’t try to set some rule with Outlook, it just doesn’t work. Sigh.


15 Helene D'Souza January 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM

I bet your potatoes go well with seafood and especially fresh baked fish. mhmm =)
Spam sucks, but scam calls are worse. We have a land-line number which nobody knows, but we still get bombarded with the strangest scam calls. But spam is just dumb and as you say it takes up time in removing and clearing the inbox.


16 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Great idea pairing these with seafood! We have been experience spam calls as well. Those are the worse!


17 Leigh January 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

I confirm the suggestion below re spam mail. It is rare that a spam message makes it into my address box. I switched a few years back frustrated over the spam making it into my outlook box.


18 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Leigh — thanks! I’m seriously thinking of moving to Gmail 🙂


19 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 21, 2015 at 11:42 AM

I love smashed potatoes! That herbed oil is a nice touch.
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20 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:15 PM

It surely does 🙂


21 John@Kitchen Riffs January 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Spam gets awfully annoying, doesn’t it? It always going to be with us, I’m afraid. Anyway, love smashed potatoes! And yours are wonderful. Thanks.
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22 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:15 PM

John — thanks, and yes, spam is totally annoying 😀


23 Shashi @ runninsrilankan January 21, 2015 at 2:27 PM

I love your method of boiling these and then smashing them and smothering them with that wonderful herbed oil before baking them! These not only look good, but I bet their aroma alone would be a stress reliever!
I just delete my spam! Once I deleted the whole folder and then had to get it back!


24 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Thanks Shashi — the whole process was definitely delicious 🙂


25 Choc Chip Uru January 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

The best way to eat potatoes if you ask me, these look so delicious 😀

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26 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Thanks Uru 🙂


27 Alice January 21, 2015 at 3:43 PM

These delicious morsels could totally bury any sorrows. Love potatoes myself and I probably have the complete opposite problem, having to limit them myself. From experience, a reset of passwords can often help. If that doesn’t do the trick, then manually/tagging entering each into your spam and junk box, can also help. It’s definitely a task I don’t envy though!
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28 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Thanks for sharing the tips, Alice. I’ll definitely give it a try 🙂


29 Carol at Wild Goose Tea January 21, 2015 at 8:46 PM

Yes, I have found carbs solve problems. Smiling here. I love potatoes. I eat them even just plain—cooked, but plain. Now these are special. I would give one of these very special attention.
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30 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Potatoes does need special attention, occasionally 😀


31 Ami@NaiveCookCooks January 23, 2015 at 12:20 AM

Love these and those pictures are a joy to the eye!!
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32 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Thanks so much, Ami 🙂


33 Raymund January 23, 2015 at 5:10 AM

I would love this as a side with some grilled meats
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34 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 3:32 PM



35 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings January 27, 2015 at 7:50 PM

I HATE spam, too! Not just the luncheon meat kind (although I do enjoy them once every 10 years or so – LOL), but the email kind! Ugh. I’d rather be eating these lovely smashed potatoes. Beautiful styling as always.
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36 Kiran January 28, 2015 at 3:33 PM

Lol, not the luncheon meat SPAM. Those are delicious 🙂


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