Smashed Potatoes
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Pepin Potatoes {aka Smashed Potatoes}

Pepin Potatoes from Lemony Thyme

We affectionately call these “Pepins.”  Jacques Pepin has shared many wonderful recipes with the world, but these potatoes were a gift to us all.  Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes braised in buttery chicken broth, then gently ‘smashed’ and allowed to caramelize in the pan.

Smashed Potatoes

Place potatoes in a heavy bottom skillet.  Add butter, salt, pepper and cover half way with chicken broth.  Simmer covered on medium-low until potatoes are tender, about 10 – 15 minutes.

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Remove lid and continue to simmer until broth has evaporated, another 5 minutes or so.

Pepin Potatoes aka Smashed Potatoes

Use the back of a ladle or large spoon and crack the potatoes.  Don’t mash them, just break them open.  Allow potatoes to brown, then gently turn them over and brown the other side.  Adding a little extra butter to encourage browning never hurts.

Smashed Potatoes

To serve, place Pepin Potatoes in a serving bowl; dot with butter and sprinkle with fresh parsley.  Smashed Potatoes are so versatile.  They’re wonderful served along side a roast of any kind or we love them in place of fries with a nice juicy burger.

Smashed Potatoes

Pepin Potatoes {aka Smashed Potatoes}

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 lb. baby Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 Tbl. butter
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley to garnish


  • Place potatoes in a single layer in a heavy bottom pan. Dot with butter. Add enough chicken broth to come half way up potatoes. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Simmer covered over medium-low heat until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove lid and continue to cook until liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  • Using a ladle or back of a large spoon, crack each potato. Brown potatoes on each side, adding butter if needed.
  • Remove to a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

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