Smashed Potatoes ~ 3 ways

IMG_1543With the early darkness of winter nights, comfort foods are appreciated far more than in the light of summer. To brighten some of these meals, we look for ways to switch it up, while sticking with the tried and true basics. Here are three ways to enjoy red potatoes as sides. Super simple, but each one gives us a bit of a twist, to complement the main course. The third option is for pancakes, which are so easy to do from leftovers from an earlier meal. Just store the leftovers, covered, in the fridge for up to a week. Ready when you are.

Serves 4-6 (about 3 cups packed)


1½ # white fleshed, red round potatoes, such as Red Pontiac or Norlands

1 t salt

cold water to just cover


Version 1, with Green Onions:

3 T butter (1½ oz/42 gr)

6 green onions, chopped

salt & pepper to season


Version 2, with Caramelized Onions:

3 T butter

1 medium sized yellow onion (about 6 oz/170 gr)

salt & pepper to season


Version 3, Pancakes from leftovers of either version:

makes about 7 – 8 potato pancakes

2 cups prepared potatoes (should be cool/cold)

2 eggs

pinch of chili flakes, or 1 diced jalapeño (seeds & core removed)

2 oz/56 gr grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

1½ T oil for frying

salsa, sour cream, pickled jalapenos to serve


Wash the potatoes well, do not peel.


Cut into 1”-1½” chunks


Rinse well, and place in a large saucepan.

Cover with cold water, and add in a teaspoon of salt.IMG_1528

Uncovered, bring to a boil.

Turn down to medium low, and cook for 15 – 20 minutes until fork tender.

Drain, and let dry back on the stove (with the heat turned off) for 5 minutes.IMG_1539

Coarsely mash the potatoes.IMG_1546

Version 1:

Add in the butter, and stir vigorously with a fork.IMG_1548


Add in the chopped green onions, salt & pepper, and stir in using the fork.




Version 2:

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the caramelized onions.

Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.IMG_1530

Peel and cut the onion in half lengthwise.

Crosscut into thin slices.

Cook the onions for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.IMG_1531


They should caramelize well within this time.IMG_1534

Lower the heat if any start to scorch.

Add the onions, and all scrapings from the skillet to the cooked, dried, and mashed potatoes.IMG_1541

Stir in well with a fork, adding in salt & pepper to season.IMG_1542


Version 3:

Whisk the two eggs in a medium bowl.

Add in the cooled potatoes, and the chilies (or jalapeños if using).IMG_1556

Add in grated cheese, if using.

Whisk altogether well until creamy.IMG_1558

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet.

Spoon about ⅓ cup of potato pancake mix into the skillet for each pancake. IMG_1559 Leave enough room between them to be able to flip them easily.

Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until browned nicely, and they are firm. They may want to break if you aren’t careful when turning them. Just use an appropriate size flipper, using your fingers to steady them.


Serve along with a dollop of sour cream, some salsa, and a couple of pickled jalapeño slices, or just with ketchup.


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