Fried Smashed Potatoes and Weekly Menu Plan

There are many traits that are passed genetically from parents to daughters, one trait is the ability to plan for special events like Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately for most men this is not a strong trait so to help the guys out we’ll share some ideas this week to help with putting together a great dinner. We’ll kick things off with these Fried Smashed Potatoes.

The inspiration for these came from Liz’s favorite Food Network chef, Giada.

These are a terrific alternative to french fries or regular fried potatoes. When done to perfection they are crispy outside and creamy inside. You can serve them plain or dress them up as much as you want. If the reaction from our son Casey is any indication, these beauties are going to be a hit, he ate this whole plate full of potatoes.

Tip: Make sure the potatoes are dry before frying to get them really crispy outside.

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Fried Smashed Potatoes with our Weekly Meal Plan
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These Fried Smashed Potatoes are crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. Recipe from
  • 1-1½ pounds small red potatoes
  • Canola oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Kosher salt
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Italian parsley, fine chopped
  1. Boil potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes
  2. Drain potatoes and let dry (usually 5 to 10 minutes)
  3. Heat ¼ inch canola oil over medium heat in a large pan
  4. Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes, just until you can smell the garlic then remove garlic from oil
  5. Smash the the potatoes flat with the palm of your hand to a thickness of ½ to ¾ inch
  6. Add potatoes to pan and cook 3-4 minutes, flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes
  7. Remove from pan and place on draining rack, sprinkle with kosher salt immediately
  8. Add shredded Mozzarella cheese and chopped Italian parsley

Weekly Menu Plan

Monday  –  Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff and Noodles

Tuesday  –  Taco Ring, Chips and Queso Cheese Dip

Wednesday  –  Mostacolli, Salad, Parmesan Knots

Thursday  –  Breakfast Pie

Friday – Pork Burgers

Saturday – Meatloaf with Fried Smashed Potatoes

Sunday – Roasted Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans

What’s on your menu this week?

Linking to…Menu Plan Monday, $5 Dinner ChallengeMouthwatering Mondays




  1. Hi Liz! How many people will this serve? My family LOVES oven roasted red potatoes so am sure they’ll LOVE this :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Kim,
      We just used a bag of potatoes, I think the red potatoes are 3 pounds. So depending on how many each person will eat and what else you are serving, I think will depend on how many you fix. Hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions.


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