Side Dish

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Cheesy Buffalo Topping

These Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Cheesy Buffalo Sauce is the perfect side dish recipe to pair with any family dinner. Boiled then baked in the oven these will become your favorite! #potatoes #food #sidedish

Hello and happy spring! This Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Cheesy Buffalo Topping is an year round favorite in our home. The potatoes are crisp, then topped with gooey cheese and a ranch and hot sauce combo for the ultimate side dish. My family often pairs these tasty taters with chicken, burgers, or just a salad if we are eating lighter that night. I hope you and your family love these simple and tasty must-make potatoes!

What Do You Need To Make Crispy Smashed Potatoes?

The kitchen tools you will need for this recipe are:

  • A Cookie Sheet
  • A Large Pot
  • A Strainer or Slotted Spoon
  • A Spatula
  • Parchment Paper or Cooking Spray

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Simple Step-By-Step

  1. First, clean the potatoes and add them to a large pot of boiling water. Cover and cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Second, remove potatoes from water and pat dry. Place on a cookie sheet and smash using a fork of spatula.
  3. Third, bake on center rack at 425 degrees until crispy.
  4. Fourth, remove from oven and pile with cheese. Return to oven until cheese is melted.
  5. Fifth, top with ranch and hot sauce and serve warm!

Note: Depending on the size of your potatoes you may need to boil them longer. Personally, I like to use potatoes smaller than my fist.

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Frequent Questions

Can these be frozen or saved in the refrigerator?

These cannot be frozen. I know everyone loves to be able to freeze and save leftovers, but this recipe is not good for that purpose. They are best fresh out of the oven. They can be saved in the fridge for up to two days, just leave off the sauces. To rewarm them I suggest heating in the oven until warm then topping with ranch and hot sauce.

Can I use a different type of potato?

Sure! Purple or red potatoes work awesome for this recipe as well. You could also use mini potatoes if you want to use this recipe as a small bites appetizer. If using mini potatoes cut the boil time in half and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until crispy.

What are some other good topping ideas?

If ranch and hot sauce aren’t your thing don’t worry you can customize these to everyone’s taste! You could leave them plain with just cheese, top with barbecue sauce, Chipotle mayo, Sriracha, or use some herbs and spices.

What does this recipe pair well with?

My family loves eating these with grilled chicken or burgers. We also use these for Meatless Mondays often and pair with a salad, or soup. Some great soup options are my Spicy Black Bean Soup and Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup. Both are vegan and a great lighter option for this heavy hitting side dish.

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

These Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Cheesy Buffalo Sauce is the perfect side dish recipe to pair with any family dinner. Boiled then baked in the oven these will become your favorite! #potatoes #food #sidedish
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Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Cheesy Buffalo Topping

These Crispy Smashed Potatoes make the perfect side dish for any family dinner! The perfect combo of potatoes, cheese, ranch and hot sauce!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo, Crispy smashed potatoes, Ranch
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 302kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large pot fill halfway with water and add potatoes. Heat over high heat until boiling, then reduce heat and cover for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Once potatoes are soft remove from water and dry. Place on cookie sheet and use a spatula to firmly press down and smash the potato then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat until all are smashed. Bake on middle rack for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly crisp. 
  • Remove and sprinkle with cheese and cook an additional 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Once finished top with ranch and hot sauce and serve warm Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Potato | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.6g | Protein: 7.2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1091mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 3.6g | Vitamin C: 23% | Calcium: 15% | Iron: 7%
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7 Comments

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    April 15, 2019 at 9:13 pm

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    Beth
    April 17, 2019 at 3:16 am


    I love how quick this all comes together! Just what my busy weeks needs! Great tip to use mini potatoes for an even quicker turn around time!! Delish too!

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    Mikayla
    April 17, 2019 at 3:52 am


    This has so many awesome flavors, I love ranch and buffalo, and potatoes are a great vessel. Thanks!

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    Jere Cassidy
    April 17, 2019 at 4:25 am


    Oooh, I love all these flavors and a new way to make potatoes.

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    Alexandra
    April 17, 2019 at 5:27 am


    Anything that starts with the words “crispy smashed potatoes” makes me smile – and this recipe is no exception. The addition of the toppings just makes these even better!

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    Veena Azmanov
    April 17, 2019 at 6:05 am


    Potatoes and Cheese can never go fail and I love both these combination. Too delicious to let go this meal.

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    April 17, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    First of all, I’ll eat anything with buffalo sauce lol!! But I’m especially interested when potatoes are involved 😉

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