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Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes

Inspired by the ultimate no-recipe-potato-recipe by Sam Sifton of NYT Cooking, these moreish air fryer smashed potatoes are decadently hearty and can be served with any toppings you fancy. 

air fryer smashed potatoes

Everyone loves potatoes. And we really love potatoes here at the Culinary Cartel. We’ve tried quite a few different potato recipes over the years, and we’ve loved them all. We especially love a no-recipe recipe. So Sam Sifton of NYT’s delicious loaded smashed potatoes are right up our alley! The focus here is put squarely on the potatoes, and they sing especially loudly along with a chorus of bacon and cheese! This recipe is also so adaptable, you could add almost any topping you can think of, and it will still be delicious. 

So, how do you make air fryer smashed potatoes?

I know we say it a lot, but this recipe really could not be any simpler! There are no quantities or exact times, improvisation is the name of the game here.

To make Sam Sifton’s smashed potatoes, you will need:

  • Medium-sized potatoes, one per person will do. 
  • Olive oil
  • Your favourite toppings – feel free to get creative here – bacon, cheese, cheese sauce, avocado, sour cream, chopped fried chicken, mince, chili con carne – you get the idea! 
  • An air fryer

Simply preheat your air fryer to 190 degrees (or if using the oven, 220 degrees C), toss your potatoes with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Pop them in to roast until soft, then smash them with a coffee cup. Add your favourite toppings and serve! 

Making these smashed potatoes in the air fryer makes an easy recipe even easier. Preheating is minimal or even skippable, depending on the air fryer, and the cooking time is cut down by half. 

If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with.To view our recipe video on Instagram click here. Happy cooking!

air fryer smashed potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make the smashed potatoes in the oven?

Absolutely. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees C and place the potatoes onto a lined baking tray after seasoning. Roast until soft and proceed as in the recipe below. 

Can I make this vegan?

Absolutely! You can add your favourite vegan toppings to the smashed potatoes and enjoy. 

 

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air fryer smashed potatoes

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes


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  • Author: Jess Bunn

Description

Inspired by the ultimate no-recipe-potato-recipe by Sam Sifton of NYT Cooking, these moreish air fryer smashed potatoes are decadently hearty and can be served with any toppings you fancy. 


Ingredients

  • potatoes, one per person
  • toppings (I used mozzarella, bacon and kale)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 190 degrees C, on the bake or air fry setting. Toss the potatoes with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the potatoes into the air fryer and roast until soft, flipping halfway.
  3. Smash the potatoes with a coffee cup or any other similarly-sized, heavy object you have handy.
  4. Place the potatoes back into the air fryer topped with your favourite toppings. I used crispy bacon, mozzarella and kale. Cook the potatoes until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Enjoy!
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 251kcal
  • Sugar: 17.72g
  • Sodium: 882.45mg
  • Fat: 14.35g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.86g
  • Fiber: 1.83g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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