herb smashed potatoes herb smashed potatoes Israeli Kitchen If you love a warm, cozy potato side dish, time to get smashing. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Herb smashed potatoes

A flavorful side dish that incorporates a Mediterranean spice blend called za'atar.

  • Yield: Serves 4-6
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes

Mashed potatoes are probably the most comforting food ever. They are like a Snuggie, a hug from a best friend, and delicious food rolled into one. What else do you need?

This recipe combines the best of mashed potatoes with the deliciousness of baked potatoes. A great appetizer as well as a side dish. Heck, throw a fried egg on top and you have breakfast!


  • 24 ounces red baby potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon za'atar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Chopped parsley
  • Sour cream


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well.

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, mustard, garlic and spices.

Toss potatoes in mixture.

Place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a potato masher, carefully smash the potatoes until flattened but still in one piece.

Brush each potato with any remaining mixture.

Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

Serve immediately with salt and pepper, parsley, and sour cream.

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