Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Home-made roasted, smashed potatoes drizzled with garlic pumpkin seed butter. Makes a great, healthy side dish, party appetizer, or potluck contribution.


  • 1 1/2 pounds baby gold or yellow potatoes 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper
Garlic Pumpkin Seed Pesto


Rinse potatoes and arrange in a single layer in a large pot. Fill the pot with water until potatoes are just submerged. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain potatoes and remove from heat. Let potatoes dry while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees and prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Arrange potatoes on prepared sheet pan, leaving space between each potato. Using a heavy bottomed saucepan, gently press each potato until flattened to roughly 1/2-inch in height. Drizzle each smashed potato with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until edges are golden brown.

While potatoes are roasting, add all pesto ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined and smooth.

Transfer potatoes to a serving dish and top with a drizzle of Garlic Pumpkin Seed Pesto. Serve with leftover pesto on the side.