Helen presents: Jill Dupleix’s smashing, crashing

Jill Dupleix is a smasher, and she certainly seems to like smashing things – she had a recipe in The Age the other day which called for smashed garlic cloves. She published this recipe, also in The Age, as the very prosaic “Roast Boiled potatoes”. Recently, I saw a reference to it by the foodie John Lethlean, under the much more satisfying name of “Jill Dupleix’s Smashed potatoes”.

This recipe is going viral. I found Dupleix’s original recipe here, via this wee Scottish blog (love the header), and another one on a Brazilian blog, the Technicolor Kitchen. In this incarnation it’s called Crash-hot potatoes.

But wait- there’s more! there’s an international dispute surrounding this recipe, no less. Did Dupleix steal Florentine chef Michael Chiarello’s Potatoes Da Delfina? No, it seems. Jill spills the beans here to blogger Trish at Light Sweet Crude. (H/T to Zoe.)


Get enough small, round floury potatoes to cover the base of a roasting pan or pyrex dish. You could use chats, new or whatever name your greengrocer gives to little’uns. If you don’t have this type of potato I suppose there is no law against cutting up bigger ones, it just won’t look as posh. Get the oven going berserk – 220 celsius or even hotter.

Boil the potatoes until they’re cooked, but not terribly soft. Drain them and tip them into the roasting pan so they’re kind of jostling together. You only want one layer.

Press a potato masher down on each potato so it bursts slightly. Don’t mash them – just break them a little. They should all be crowded together and touching each other.

Drizzle all of them with some EVOO, then sprinkle coarse sea or rock salt and fresh rosemary over the lot. How much EVOO is up to you. I like lots, but YMMV.


Incinerate in the hot oven for maybe fifteen-twenty minutes until the broken tops of the potatoes are golden brown and crusty and the interiors have done with any unfinished cooking business. You’re after soft, fluffy spuds with a salty baked crust. Too easy.


23 thoughts on “Helen presents: Jill Dupleix’s smashing, crashing

  1. Hi Helen.
    I discovered my microwave has a jacket potato setting – it takes 10 mins for 4 medium size potatoes at about 850W to make them smashable. Then the olive oil and salt (haven’t tried rosemary, it’s now on the to do list). I smash mine to about 2cm thick so you end up with more of a crunchy disc shape. Also excellent for piling toppings onto like you would do with a baked potato.

  2. Oooh yeah, you could think up any number of sybaritic toppings… Pistachios and pine nuts??!
    Pesto and pistachios and parmesan?
    Help me out here, something not starting with P?
    Note the Scottish blogger is using thyme or something instead of rosemary.

  3. Oh my… I rather love Jill Dupleix, and I think this would be just the thing for Sunday night Movies and Food ™. They do look terribly posh – I especially like the mortar and pestle artfully placed beside the baking tray.

  4. There’s an *ahem* Jamie Oliver recipe that builds on this idea with chicken and oregano and balsamic vinegar which is a very easy and very delicious one-pot regular dinner at our house.

  5. Wendy’s photos are much more delicious- see here
    and here (I think – not so sure about the provenence of the second one.)


    Thank you, Rach – looks noice except for the silly looking scissors, should have left them out.

  6. The to-ing and fro-ing at Sweet Crude about the provenance of the dish was interesting. I notice one person claimed recipes don’t have a copy write [sic]. But Richard Olney launched an infringement of copyright suit in the early 1980s over some of his recipes and was successful. That was about recipes in cookbooks. There was a scandal here in Melbourne recently involving recipes in restaurants.

    There’s such an appetite (so to speak) for recipes in our weekend supplements and monthly lifestyle magazines, a certain amount of recycling is, I would think, inevitable.

  7. I remember hearing about that, Anthony – was the accusation that someone had flogged some stuff from Alinea (super posh super cuttin’ edge US joint with ludicrously pretty food)?

    There’s an interesting piece from 2006 at megnut on the question. And food blog s’cool, a backroom food blogger site, regularly features posts advising of scraping sites, generally of images rather than recipes.

  8. mmmmm yeassss… I know someone who (from last count) can’t stand Jill and has been doing something very similar for at least a decade… ‘cept with probably about 4 times the oil and as much garlic as you can cram in between. they’re known as heart-stopper potatoes in some parts 😉

  9. I just read that post one handed.

    Ah potatoes! The devil’s testicles – according to some medieval sources I may have misremembered and can’t be arsed googling.

    Seriously, if eveyone one here had to nominate their top five vegetables and we averaged it all, I bet the spud would come out on top.

    NB: The tomato is a fruit not a vegetable.

    NNB: But anything that involves both potatoes and tomatoes getting their thang on together is totally cool by me.

    NNBB: Except that a martini using potato-based vodka and cherry tomatoes substituting for olives is just wrong. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

    NNNBB: I need a stiff drink after having written that.

    NNNBBB: OK, just had one. Y’all can relax now and go about your business.

  10. Dorian made these yesterday, they were delicious even though they didn’t smash quite as much as in the picture. We used some fancy variety of $5 a kilo potatoes that I can’t remember the name of. I think they might’ve been a bit on the big side.

  11. Bewdiful. Shall add to the cauly in my extensive range of culinary disasters.

    From Dutch/American flatmate many many years ago… get thee Pontiacs – slice lengthways in half. Carefully slice with a dangerously sharp knife little slits almost almost through, til they look like wood slaters. Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with rock salt. Bake hot and fast.

  12. Bernice – Hasselbaeck potatoes (the name says it all, really … )

    I’m doing the squished’n’oiled spuds tonight to accompany a lamb and lettuce friccasse – I’ve never tried it before, so I hope it’s good enough to match the spuds.

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