Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Lemon Chive Aioli

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Rosemary Garlic Crushed Potatoes with Lemon Chive Aioli is a beautiful side dish with country French elegance!  Buttery Yukon Gold Potatoes are cooked, crushed, then brushed with herb-infused olive oil and baked again for a crunchy exterior and creamy interior!

Photo of Rosemary Garlic Crushed Potatoes with Lemon Chive Aioli in clay dish garnished with rosemary and lemon wedges.

The inspiration behind this recipe:

Crushed (or smashed) potatoes bring back some beautiful memories for me.  Eight years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to cruise down the Canal du Midi in the South of France on barges with some of my personal chef buds.  Historic barges that used to carry goods down the canals of southern France have now been restored into floating bed and breakfasts.  Yes, friends, this is a trip you need to take.

Because France is filled with amazing markets and we had access to a kitchen on the barge, we made dinner for our hosts one night to thank them for their incredible hospitality.  A dish similar to this was on our menu.

How to make Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Lemon Chive Aioli:

It’s super easy to do!

  • Simply boil small whole waxy potatoes until you can just pierce them with a knife.  You don’t want to overcook them because you just want to be able to flatten them easily with them falling apart.
  • Watch the potatoes carefully and begin removing ones that are done, allowing any others that require more time to keep cooking.
  • I like to crush them with a clean potholder or kitchen towel between my hand and the hot potato.
  • Don’t mash them into a pancake, just gently crush.  They should still hold together somewhat well.  (One or two lost pieces is fine; you can tuck them back in.)
  • Brush with rosemary and garlic-infused olive oil, then place them back in the oven.

Photo of potatoes being brushed with rosemary garlic infused oil with silicone brush.

  • While the crushed potatoes are baking and developing a wonderful crispy bottom, whisk together the aioli.  Aioli is basically a garlic-infused mayonnaise the French often serve with potatoes.  My version is kicked up with lemon and fresh chives.

Photo of lemon chive aioli in glass mixing bowl garnished with chives.

I’m going to stop talking now so you can just scroll and admire…..

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Photo of Rosemary Garlic Crushed Potatoes on baking sheet.

How are these for some beautiful spuds?

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Rosemary Garlic Crushed Potatoes in brown ceramic dish garnished with fresh rosemary.

Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Lemon Chive Aioli

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Lemon Chive Aioli is a beautiful side dish with country French elegance!  Buttery Yukon Gold Potatoes are cooked, crushed, then brushed with herb-infused olive oil and baked again for a crunchy exterior and creamy interior!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dishes - Potatoes
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 882 kcal

Ingredients
  

Potatoes

  • Salt
  • 12 small Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - plus more for baking sheet
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper - to taste

Aioli

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large lemon - zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives - plus more for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste

Instructions
 

Potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place the potatoes in a small saucepan and fill with water to cover. Add salt to taste. Bring it to a boil and cook the potatoes until they can be easily pierced with a knife. Be careful not to overcook.
  • Brush a baking sheet with olive oil.
  • Drain the potatoes and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Crush the potatoes to flatten, being careful not to overdo it.
  • Combine olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Brush the tops of the potatoes with the oil and herb combination.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and crispy on the bottom.

Aioli

  • Combine aioli ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with potatoes.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD:  Potatoes can be boiled and smashed 1 day ahead.  Refrigerate until needed.  Brush with herbs and bake as directed.  Lemon Chive Aioli can also be made 1 day ahead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 882kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 26g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 2224mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 117mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 4mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. I made these today and they were awesome. The only change I will make next time is to half the lemon. I may have gotten a very juicy lemon, but found the aioli to be a bit too much lemon.

    1. Hi, Kate, Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed! I keep my lemons on the counter and find that as they sit, they actually do get juicier from when I first bought them. If the aioli is too lemony, you can always add a little more mayo to balance it. Any aioli that is left over is great with fish. Thanks again!

  2. Is it possible to go to France without a transportation strike of some kind. When I was there the museums were on strike as were the trains. I was happy that we had prearranged a taxi (and it actually showed up given the demand). And how awesome is a floating bed and breakfast? Now that is something I definitely have to check out.

    As for these spuds. . .well they look completely irresistible. Of course I can never resist a potato with crispy skin. So good!

    1. Hi, Lynn, Ha! I know! They always pick the best time to strike, too… like spring break/holiday which is when that was. Thanks so much!