Crash Potatoes : CSA Wednesdays

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Last week I missed posting about my CSA.   It was a busy week, I was out of town for the Food and Wine Conference, and I knew I either needed to miss last week or this week.   I chose last week but I’m back this week with a wonderful potato recipe.

Delicious Crash Potatoes

I’ve been on a potato high since I recently won first place in the Idaho Potato Commission recipe contest this past week!   I’ve got potatoes on the brain and it just so happens I had potatoes in my CSA share this week.  It was actually a really great week for the CSA.

Included in my share were a dozen small white potatoes, 1 zucchini, 1 eggplant, a few large onions, a bunch of radishes, a head of cauliflower, a head of broccoli, a head of cabbage, and a loaf of whole wheat bread.    I used the cauliflower and broccoli in a stir fry last week.   I used the onions and zucchini on kebabs as a side dish for steaks.   My husband used the cabbage to make his favorite Bobby Flay cole slaw.

CSA Wednesday:   Crash Potatoes

Then there are the small white potatoes.   Looking through recipes I had saved, I realized I had Crash Potatoes saved 5 different times so it looked like they were going on the menu.  They are fairly easy to make because they are boiled, smashed, toppings are put on them, then they are baked.

Crash Potatoes with butter, cheese, and garlic.

I chose to put butter, salt, pepper, garlic, and cheddar cheese on mine.  I also put chopped jalapenos on a few of them for my husband because he loves cheese and jalapenos.  I was a little worried they wouldn’t cook enough since they weren’t quite soft when I took them out of the pot.  However, they got soft in the middle and crispy on the bottom in the oven.

Crash Potatoes with butter, cheese, and garlic pair perfectly with burgers or steak

I really liked these potatoes as a side dish.  They were easy to prepare and were full of flavor.  I put salt and pepper on them before putting them in the oven and after which was a smart move.   The butter adds a little flavor and really helps the potatoes to crisp up.  The cheese is subtle but gives the potatoes a nice flavor as well.   They were perfect along side our burgers.

Delicious Crash Potatoes

Crash Potatoes

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Hot potatoes are smashed, brushed with butter, and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and cheese for a delicious side dish.


  • 12 small, white potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon jalapenos, chopped (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place the potatoes in the pot and boil for 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place the potatoes on the cookie sheet.
  3. Using a potato masher, gently put pressure on the potato until it smashes slightly. Turn the potato masher 90 degrees and smash again. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  4. Brush the potatoes with melted butter. Sprinkle with garlic, salt, pepper, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos (if desired).
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy on the bottom. Remove from oven and serve immediately.


Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Crash Potatoes with butter, cheese, and garlic


  1. I am so glad we got to meet you at the Food and Wine Conference. I made a version of these (by coincidence) last night for visiting family. Even my potato-hating son (yes, I checked he’s mine) loves ’em.
    Great recipe.

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