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My Son’s New Favorite: Cracked Potatoes

Cracked Potatoes Recipe - bake potatoes, smash them down with a plate, sprinkle with olive oil, salt/pepper and seasoning, add cheese at the end.  Amazing!

My son, 9, has never been a potato fan beyond french fries.  You know how restaurants typically have a toddler plate with mashed potatoes and veggies, because what kid doesn’t love mashed potatoes?  My kid.  As a toddler he’d turn his nose up at those yummy mashed potato toddler plates and to this day isn’t a fan.  So when I find other ways to serve potatoes he’s mildly curious.  After making this recipe i found on Pinterest,  he declared these “my favorite potatoes!”  Hallelujah!

Even if you don’t have a picky potato eater, you will love these potatoes.  I can’t wait to make them again!

You can also bake the potatoes ahead of time in the slow cooker using this slow cooker baked potatoes recipe!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Cracked Potatoes
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Serves: 4-6
  • 4-6 baking potatoes
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shredded cheese (I used Parmesan)
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Bake potatoes as usual for about 45 minutes, alternatively you can boil them until tender enough to poke with a fork.
  3. Lightly oil a baking pan or cooking sheet (I used cooking oil spray)
  4. Remove potatoes from oven or pot. Using two plates or a fork (I used two dessert plates) smash/squish the potato between the two plates. We realized quickly there's a bit of a technique to this, don't be too zealous or they will fall apart (whoops!)
  5. Evenly drizzle each potato with some olive oil and then season with salt and pepper
  6. Bake the cracked potatoes until they are golden brown and crispy (about 30 minutes)
  7. Top with cheese and pop back in the oven for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt.



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