I have been to Rochester on the business trip last year and I decided to try something American – which was not easy to find. Coming from Poland and living in Germany I thought I have already eaten potatoes in all ways: roasted, pan-fried, baked, gratin, shredded, stewed, deep-fried, mashed and boiled.

And then I found it: smashed potatoes. This was the story how I fell in love with them.

As soon as I got home I got in touch with my American friend Amy who sent me this amazing recipe.

Portions: 2
Time to prepare: 30min


  • 300g potatoes (washed, unpeeled, cut into halves)
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • a little milk or cream to thin them a bit
  • sharp cheddar
  • horseradish (use sparingly)
  • garlic
  • salt/pepper
  • parsley

How to prepare smashes potatoes?

1. Cover cut potatoes with water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft (about 15-20 minutes). Drain off water and throw in some combination of the rest of the ingredients. I just throw stuff in – no exact measuring.

2. Once you’ve put in your choice of the above list, then smash them up with a fork or some other type of smashing tool. If I put a lot of cold ingredients in, I will sometimes let them sit on a very low heat while stirring them to get everything heated up nice and hot.

Don’t worry about getting them smooth when smashing, just mixed up – chucks are good in smashed potatoes.

Serve and enjoy!


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