cook the potatoes
Clean the potatoes. For this recipe, choose smaller new potatoes with skin on. Add them to a pot filled with salted boiling water. Place on the stove and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft (but not overcooked). Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat your fan-assisted oven to 210 °C / 410 °F.
season the potatoes
Drain the potatoes and leave them on the colander for 5 minutes. Then add to a bowl and season with olive oil and salt. Toss to combine and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
bake the potatoes
Using a spatula or potato masher, squish them, keeping them in one piece but making them flatter, like a patty. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes at 210 °C / 410 °F. Turn them with a spatula, and roast for another 15 - 20 minutes.
Sprinkle the roasted smashed potatoes with chopped fresh herbs and salt. Serve with your favorite main dish.