Cracked Potatoes

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"These were good and a nice change from our usual baked potatoes. The original recipe uses vermouth -- I didn't have any so I used white wine -- below is how I made it. I even liked smashing the potatoes with a mallet. Recipe source: Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Magazine (March/April 2017)"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (243.9 g)
  • Calories 227.2
  • Total Fat - 11.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3 g
  • Cholesterol - 7.6 mg
  • Sodium - 639.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.5 g
  • Sugars - 2 g
  • Protein - 3.1 g
  • Calcium - 30 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 16 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Using a meat mallet whack the potatoes, one at a time, to crack them until slightly flattened but still intact. In a bowl toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon oil and the salt and pepper.

Step 2

In a skillet (I used cast iron) over medium high heat the remaining oil and butter; add the potatoes in a single layer, reduce heat to medium, then cook without moving for 6-8 minutes, flip and cook until well browned on the other side -- another 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add the coriander and fennel; cook shaking pan constantly for a minute or so. Add wine. Cover and reduce heat to medium low and cook until potatoes are tender and the liquid had nearly evaporated (12-15 minutes), flipping potatoes halfway through. Transfer to serving dish, scraping the sauce and seeds on top.


No special items needed.

3 Reviews


This recipe will certainty impress family and friends we !oved them, looking forward to serve this when we do our next gathering!


review by:
(28 Jul 2021)


Wonderful interesting flavour! Fast and so easy to prepare. I used 6 small yellow fleshed potatoes and made as directed. I think for my stove, I need to reduce the heat when browning the taddies as they did not turn out golden. But the flavour is all there! Will certainly be making these again. Thanks for sharing Ellie! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(15 Feb 2019)


I made the recipe in my Actifry - Put the cracked Potatoes in the Actifry, added the coriander, fennel, salt, pepper & 1 tablespoon oil. Turned on the actifry for 25 minutes and they were done to perfection. This recipe will be made again.


review by:
(4 Apr 2017)

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