Caesar Salad Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Total Time



1 1/2 pounds baby Yukon potatoes

Kosher salt, to taste

1/2 cup olive oil, divided

2 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

4 large anchovy fillets, minced

2 large cloves garlic, minced

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 medium head Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped


Preheat oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the center of the oven.

Add potatoes to a medium saucepan and cover with 2 inches cold water. Salt the water heavily. Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until the larger potatoes have no resistance when pricked with a knife, 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of your potatoes). Drain.

Once potatoes are cool enough to handle (but still warm), use the bottom of a measuring cup and gently press down to smash. Arrange smashed potatoes on a rimming baking sheet and drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil. Flip potatoes and move them around so they are oiled on both sides. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes, flipping with a rubber or fish spatula half way through.

Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a medium bowl, whisk yolks until smooth. Add mustard, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice and zest. Pouring slowly, add 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil while whisking constantly so that the mixture emulsifies. Add remaining 1/4 cup oil and continue to whisk while the dressing thickens. Whisk in grated Parmesan and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. If dressing is really thick, thin with a  little water.

Add lettuce to a medium mixing bowl and toss with half of the Caesar dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Once potatoes are done, drizzle them with remaining 1/2 of caesar dressing and top with dressed Romaine. Serve with more Parm and black pepper immediately.