Appetizers/ Vegetables

Sizzling Smashed Potatoes with Garlic, Dill, Curry and Smoked Paprika – Great Appetizer!

Smashed Potato 1
Smashed Potato 2

Inspired by White on Rice Couple

Note: To preserve the nutritional value of potatoes, they should be cooked in their skins, or scrubbed rather than peeled. When choosing potatoes, make sure they are firm and well-shaped with smooth tight skin, preferably organic.


  • 2 lb. small white potatoes (Baby Yukons or other fingerling potatoes), washed and scrubbed 
  • 1 tsp salt for boiling potatoes 
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp curry powder 
  • 2-3 shallots, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tsp dry dill or 2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup yogurt or sour cream, for serving
  • fresh mint for garnish


In a small bowl, combine together curry powder, dill, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Put the potatoes and salt in a medium pot, add water to cover the potatoes by 3 inches and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently cook the potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a fork, 15 minutes. Drain well and let it cool.

After potatoes have cooled enough to handle, smash them with the flat side of a chef knife. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté about 3 minutes. Gently arrange potatoes in hot pan, season well with curry-dill mixture and sear each side of the smashed potatoes for about 2-3 minutes, or until they are golden and crispy. 

Serve immediately with fresh mint leaves and sour cream or yogurt.

Smashed Potato 4

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    September 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This also would be a great side dish instead of mashed potatoes, for a change..

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    September 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    You are so right, Medeja! My ten years old girl was asking for this dish-) She had it with roasted chicken. I think it is very good side dish, indeed!

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    September 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    What a lovely presentation! This is such fun way to serve potatoes.

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    September 12, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner: never get tiered of potatoes! 🙂

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

    This looks wonderful Yelena! I'm a big potato eater and garlic, dill, curry, paprika… oh this is a must try, and will cook very soon!

    p.s. the title "curry" has typo. 🙂

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    Thyme (Sarah)
    September 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Smashed Potatoes have such a fun ring to them. I remember seeing this on R on W Couple's blog. Lovely shots of a simple rustic side dish!

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    September 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    A perfect appetizer and/or side dish that would pair with most any entree, great recipe and presentation, Yelena!!

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    Ana y Blanca
    September 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Acabo de descubrir tu blog, me encantan tus fotos. Un abrazo.


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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking}
    December 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Love this! Linking back to this post in an upcoming FFC post 🙂

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    April 22, 2014 at 5:11 am

    You have a wonderful blog!!

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