When you're whipping up a weeknight meal, you want the side to be as quick and easy as the main. Enter: these pesto smashed potatoes. Between the bright pesto, salty Parmesan, and crispy potatoes, this is a side dish that might just steal the whole dinner show. (Wait, is it still a side dish if you eat the entire pan's worth? Maybe don't answer that!)
This recipe makes use of the great potato-smash tactic, where you parboil the potatoes to get them soft and then smash them with a fork and bake them to get them all crunchy, golden, and delicious. The best part is that the seasonings have a chance to get inside all the little bits of the potato, making each bite as flavorful as the last.
It doesn't matter if you make your own pesto or use store-bought _ this recipe is sure to be one that's requested time and time again.
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