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Smoked Gouda Smashed Potatoes - this side dish is perfect for weeknights or for game day! | healthynibblesandbits.com
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Author: Lisa Lin

Smoked Gouda Smashed Potatoes

Crispy roasted potatoes are topped with melted cheese and pilpelchuma, a Libyan pepper-based spice. These are perfect sides for weeknight dinners or game day snacks! Serves 6 to 8.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins


  • 2 lbs (900g) baby yukon potatoes* (or any small potato)
  • 1 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup (3 oz) shredded smoked gouda (any cheese works)

Optional Toppings

  • pinch of your favorite spice blend, I used Trader Joe's pilpelchuma
  • chopped parsley


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Scrub potatoes and place them in a pot. Fill pot with water until the potatoes are just covered.
  • Bring water to boil. Stir the potatoes a little so that the potatoes at the top go towards the bottom. Continue cooking potatoes for about 5 minutes, or until the potatoes can be pierced with a fork. You want to be able to pierce through about 1/4 inch into the potato, but be careful not to overcook them.
  • Drain water. Using tongs, place potatoes onto the baking sheets. Let the potatoes cool for 5 minutes.
  • To smash potatoes, place a folded paper towel or a kitchen towel on top of a potato. Carefully press down on the potato with the palm of your hand. Try to keep the potatoes in one piece.
  • Drizzle oil on the potatoes, and sprinkle garlic and salt on top.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Take potatoes out of the oven, and sprinkle the cheese on top of the potatoes. Bake for another 7 to 8 minutes, or until the edges of the potatoes start to crisp up.
  • Sprinkle spices and chopped parsley on top of the potatoes. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for a few days.


1. *You can also make this dish with larger potatoes. Just make sure to boil and bake the potatoes for a few more minutes. [br][br]2. Feel free to substitute the smoked gouda with any of your favorite cheeses.[br][br]3. For extra crispy cheese bits, sprinkle some of the cheese on the side of the potato so that the cheese touches the baking sheet. The crispy cheese will taste amazing!
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