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Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes actually happened as a last minute change of plans.

When my grocery order was delivered with these petite potatoes as a substitution for regular taters, I knew I had to do something extra special with them.

My original plan was plain old regular baked potatoes.

After making these little cheesy gems, I realized baked potatoes are no fun and I should experiment more often with my side dishes 🙂

bag of petite potatoes

How to Make Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

To begin, put 10 to 12 potatoes in the air fryer.

It may look a bit empty now, but after smashing them the air fryer will be at full capacity.

Simply set the air fryer to 380 degrees for 15 minutes with just the plain potatoes.

potatoes in air fryer

While the taters are cooking for round one, you can get out the toppings for after we smash them.

I have butter, garlic powder, kosher salt, and pepper that will get melted to brush over top.

And some cheese and parsley to top them at the very end.

potato toppings

So the potatoes are cooked, but now comes the fun smashing part.

Use a mason jar, or any jar really, and press slightly to smash them.

Flatter potatoes will get crispier and less smashed ones will be a little lighter and more potato-y in the center.

smashing the potatoes with a jar

Place them back into the air fryer basket and brush the tops with the seasoned garlic butter.

brushing potatoes with seasoned butter

Now for round two of cooking, set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 11 to 13 more minutes.

The time will really depend on how crisp you want them.

smashed taters before cooking in air fryer

Don’t they look so yummy?!

smashed taters before adding cheese

Put some shredded cheese over each one and back into the air fryer for just another minute or two.

Enough time to get the cheese nice and melty.

Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Garnish Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes with parsley if desired and serve right away 🙂

Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

We had these as a side dish with steak.

My son liked his dipped in ranch but the rest of us thought they were perfect as is.

Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

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Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Air Fryer Cheesy Smashed Potatoes are an incredible side dish made in the air fryer, potatoes smashed and topped with garlic and cheese

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer, Cheesy, Loaded Potatoes, potatoes, smashed
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 210 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 petite gold potatoes
  • 2 Tbsps melted butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used mozzarella)
  • Optional: parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Put the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 380 for 15 minutes.

  2. Carefully remove the potatoes and smash them with a jar (I used a mason jar). Place them back in the air fryer.

  3. Combine the melted butter, garlic powder, kosher salt, and pepper. Brush this mixture over the potatoes and set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 11 to 13 more minutes (depending how crispy you prefer).

  4. Top the potatoes with the cheese and put back in the air fryer 1 to 2 more more minutes or until melted. Garnish with parsley if desired.

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