Irish Roadkill Smashed Potatoes with Capers (aka Crispy Smashers)

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 25, 2016

Print This Post Print This Post Irish Roadkill Smashed Potatoes with Capers: Unbelievably good, crispy, salty potatoes, better than a French fry or latke, with only 3 ingredients. The spuds AND the capers get crispy while roasting! This will be your favorite new potato dish forever.

Smashed Potatoes with Capers are unbelievably good, crispy, salty potatoes, better than a French fry or latke, with only 3 ingredients. The spuds AND the capers get crispy! Irish Roadkill with Capers will be your new potato dish forever.

If you’re never made Irish Roadkill before, you need to get on it!

I’ve been making them for 15 years, but back then I called them by a more ladylike name — Crispy Smashers. I thought that’s what described them best.

But then a funny reader renamed mine for me, and now Irish Roadkill is the name that sticks!

Over the years, I’ve tweaked the original recipe every which way —

  • chopped bacon and shredded cheese and chives (a loaded potato idea)
  • a shower of fresh chopped herbs
  • a sprinkling of smoked paprika

irish-roadkill-smashed-potatoes-on-shockinglydelicious-comThis is one of my favorite variations. I simply douse them in a good olive oil and sprinkle with salty capers and a bit of their brine before roasting to crispy perfection. The capers even get bit crispy in the oven. It’s a veritable festival of crisp.

Start off with one of my favorite potatoes (from Idaho, of course!). These Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes from Melissa’s Produce have a rich and buttery flavor (which doesn’t mean you can’t add more butter if you want to 🙂 ). They cook quickly and you leave the tender skins on. In the past, I have used them lots of ways — in potato salad, in a Bagna Cauda Italian dip, as a simple skillet side dish, roasted with chile, mashed with garlic and herbs…use your imagination.

ingredients-for-irish-roadkill-with-capers-on-shockinglydelicious-comAnd what’s that funny-looking coiled gadget? It’s called a Smood, and I talk more about it right below the recipe.

Let’s get this Irish Roadkill with Capers in the oven, friends!

Irish Roadkill with Capers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Unbelievably good, crispy, salty potatoes, better than a French fry or latke, with only 3 ingredients. The spuds AND the capers get crispy! Irish Roadkill with Capers will be your new potato dish forever.


  • 1 (1.5-pound) bag Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes
  • Capers + some brine
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Heat oven to 425F degrees. Get out a 10x15-inch sheet pan and set aside.
  2. Wash and dry potatoes. Poke each one 2-3 times with a toothpick, so they won't explode while microwaving. Put them in a glass bowl and microwave, on high, for about 5 minutes. They should be able to be pierced with a toothpick easily. Remove from microwave oven and dump potatoes onto sheet pan.
  3. Use the Smood or a potato masher to lightly smash down on the potatoes, one by one, and position them in rows in the pan. Don't push so hard that the potatoes escape through the coils, just enough to smash them down. The skin will break and the soft potato will spread out yet will remain one piece.
  4. Sprinkle some caper brine on each potato, using about 2-4 tablespoons for the whole pan of potatoes. Drizzle olive oil over each potato, using 3-4 tablespoons for the whole pan. Using your fingers, arrange a few capers on top of each potato. Don't worry if a few fall into the pan. They'll be fine.
  5. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve, using a wide spatula to transfer them onto your dinner plates. Be sure to serve any escaped capers with them! The capers will be crispy too.
  6. Serves 4-6.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious



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Smood Potato Masher

What’s that cool tool I am using to smash the spuds? It’s called a Smood, {affiliate link} and is a new kind of potato masher. As you push it down, the spring flattens. For these, I pushed down only hard enough to smash the spuds a bit. If I wanted to make mashed potatoes, I would put the potatoes in a bowl or pot and push the Smood all the way down, which would force the spuds through the coils. A smash or two and you have smooth, fluffy mashers! You can use it for avocados (guac!), squash, bananas, or any cooked or soft food you’d like to mash. Made by Dreamfarm; dishwasher-safe, about $30. Very cool.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia's Simply Southern March 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

Thank you for sharing with us at Meal Plan Monday


Laura | OfRecipes October 1, 2016 at 1:27 am

This is so easy and looks like loads of fun, too!!


DessertForTwo September 30, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Hah, these are so funny and so yummy-looking!


Jennifer @ Slow Cooker Gourmet September 30, 2016 at 7:06 am

Such a fun and different side dish!


Christie September 30, 2016 at 4:16 am

OK I totally need that potato masher!


Dorothy Reinhold October 5, 2016 at 8:19 pm

You do. Trust me.


Megan @ MegUnprocessed September 29, 2016 at 1:05 am

I love this! Simple yet so flavorful!


cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling September 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

Life without capers is so much less delicious! I could eat ALL of these!


Dorothy Reinhold October 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm

The BIIIIIIG jar, from Costco, should do ya!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen September 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

I’ve never heard of this title before, but I love the simplicity of this potato dish along with the capers. I need to make these asap!


Sabrina September 27, 2016 at 6:48 am

Wow, they look amazing! I love smashed potatoes and these look so good, love the added capers!


Dorothy Reinhold September 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Sabrina! They add just enough salt for the spuds.


Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

I’ve never heard of these being called Irish roadkill! Interesting name. 😀 And so delicious looking!


Jane September 27, 2016 at 5:01 am

I love smashed potatoes and make them often. This version with capers sounds amazing and makes my mouth water, so next batch will be done this way. I’ve always used my very heavy paillard, which will smash anything in sight (including fingers). One whack with that thing and any potato is smashed.

I laugh every time I think about the perfect name Irish roadkill. Please thank your friend for giving me a lot of good laughs.


Michelle De La Cerda September 26, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Um, those look delicious!


Des @ Life's Ambrosia September 26, 2016 at 11:33 am

I’ve never heard of this but anything with capers and I am all in!


Florentina September 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

This sounds amazing, I’m having a Caper moment myself, gotta try these asap!


SallyBR September 26, 2016 at 7:58 am

Oh, this sounds TOO TOO GOOD! And the name… priceless!

I don’t have one of those cute spiral thingies – I guess I would have to smash them in a less sexy way.. Capers, a must!


Dorothy Reinhold September 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

You can smash them any which way you like, even with a paper plate (push down with the heel of your hand). Make them!


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