Cheddar and Chive Crash Hot Potatoes

There are things that are worth leaving alone because they’re so good and then there are things that are so good that they demand you mess with them. Take, for example, crash hot potatoes. In their original form, they are boiled potatoes that are squashed, drizzled with olive oil and hit with a handful of herbs, then baked and then broiled to crispy perfection.

Based on that theory, I went and did this.

And it was great.

Potatoes plus cheese plus high temperatures plus herbs equals maddeningly wonderful, mouth watering goodness. Good begets good, so I went and did what you see above. Those are nothing less than crash hot potatoes with a sinful amount of extra sharp Cheddar cheese and a fistful of chopped chives. Hello, Gorgeous.

…or should I say, “Hello, Delicious.” Yes. That’s much more like it.

As I said before, I prefer to use leftover salt potatoes to shorten the already quick process of making these lovely, addictive little crispy morsels of potatoey heaven. (I’d fail English for that sentence if I were being graded. But I’m not. Ha ha! Fragments. Double ha!) If you’ve had salt potatoes before, you may be scratching your head in bewilderment. “Leftover salt potaotes? LEFTOVER salt potatoes? Que? How is this?” It’s true. This is an anomaly, but it is one for which I plan. I make  a triple or quadruple batch, let everyone eat a goodly amount, then I stand by the salt potato bowl with a fly swatter and thwack the hand of any child or husband who dares stand between me and my plans for crash hot potatoes.

Hyperbole alert.

The truth is, when I tell them that I made that many not so that they could gorge themselves into gluttony, but so that I could make crash hot potatoes the next night, they back off voluntarily. Such is the power of the crash hot potato.

With what would you serve this? I think the question is what WOULDN’T go well with these? Steak, chicken, fish, or pork off of the grill or roasted are a natch. I’ll tell you this, though. The last time I made these, I served them with a steak. Half of my steak was left and the potatoes were looooooooong gone.

Behold, my kryptonite.

Cheddar and Chive Crash Hot Potatoes
Leftover salt potatoes are turned into something heavenly when smashed, drizzled with olive oil and roasted until dead crisp. Then they become stratospheric when you top them with massive quantities of extra sharp Cheddar cheese, broiled 'til bubbly and hit with a shower of chopped chives right before serving. Inspired by Ree Drummond, Krysta Guerrero, and Jill Dupleix.
  • 1 batch leftover salt potatoes, warmed slightly, about 20 potatoes (*See here if you don't have leftover salt potatoes )
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups grated extra sharp Cheddar cheese (or more if you're especially fond of cheese. I am.)
  • a large handful of chopped fresh chives
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil evenly over a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter potatoes on the olive oil and use a potato masher or heavy mug to gently smash the potato until it is about two times as large in diameter as it was when you began. Drizzle the remaining 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil evenly over the potatoes. Grind black pepper over the potatoes to taste.
  3. Pop the pan into the oven and roast until the potatoes are sizzling, brown on the bottom, and golden on top, about 20-25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the broiler to High. Sprinkle the grated Cheddar over the hot potatoes. Return the pan to the oven and broil until the cheese melts and gets just a couple little golden brown toasty bits.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and let the potatoes rest for 3 minutes before tossing the chopped chives over the top and serving.

P.S. Do NOT throw out those crispy little cheese bits on the pan. You’re going to want to eat those. Those are classic cook’s tax items. In fact, you may want to lick them from the pan. I do advise letting it cool a bit before trying that. Not that I’ve ever done that. Ow-th.


  1. says

    Holy cow, these look amazing!! I definitely agree “burnt” cheese is the best and not to be thrown out! These are going on my to make list, as soon as it cools down enough for me to turn on the oven!

  2. Laura says

    I just made these last night and they were soooo gooood. I’m from Southern California and have never even had a salted potato. My daughter and I couldn’t believe how creamy they were. So different from regular boiled potatoes, which I never make because they are so bland. I would have served them with butter if I didn’t have the cheese all grated. I thought the salt would be overwhelming, but it wasn’t. It was a hit with my entire family.

  3. emily W. says

    Seriously I don’t understand how this post didn’t crash your site.
    Crash. Get it.
    That was actually unintentional.
    Anywho. I just ate four of them. As in nearly a pound. By myself. In one sitting. For lunch.

  4. Jukkisoo says

    I am now a “salt potato” convert. I’ve tried to perfect the perfect roasted potato and have never been completely happy with my results; until now. These are just so good. The crispy cheese bits on the pan were enjoyed by the dog, too.


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