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baked smashed potatoes recipe

Crispy Baked Smashed Potatoes

Let’s bake some potato wedges, then smash them and pour with melted butter! We call this goodness “brambory v troubě,” and I guarantee you will love this Czech variant of oven-baked potatoes.
Course Light Dinner
Cuisine Czech
Keyword baked potatoes, brambory v troubě, potato wedges
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2


  • 2 lb (900 g) yellow potatoes
  • 1 and ½ Tbsp butter unsalted
  • salt


  • Before you start cooking: Pre-heat oven to 370 °F (190 °C), ideally fan-forced. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into wedges: slice a potato in half lengthwise, repeat, and cut each half in half again. You’ll get 4 wedges out of 1 mid-sized potato.
  • Place the wedges on a lined baking tray and bake to golden brown perfection. It takes about 45 minutes. The wedges will be crispy on the surface and very soft inside.
  • Get a clean kitchen towel in your hand, take each potato wedge and smash it. It’s enough if you press the potato gently; the crispy crust cracks, and the pillowy inside appears. Be careful, the potato wedges are still hot.
  • Put the smashed potatoes in a bowl. Once all wedges are crushed, place over them a few butter slices. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the butter melt into smashed potato wedges.
  • Salt to your liking, stir and serve.


  1. Makes a light dinner for 2 persons. If served as a side dish, makes 3-4 yields.
  2. These smashed potatoes are great on their own, as a light and delicious dinner. We eat them without any dip, just with a cup of white coffee or buttermilk. You can use them as a side dish, as a healthier substitution for French fries. Always serve warm.
  3. Flip the potato wedges halfway through baking to get nicely browned edges from all sides.