Tender on the inside, golden and crispy on the outside! Serve these scrumptious garlic smashed potatoes with creamy dairy-free basil aioli for a show stealing side dish that's also pretty darn easy to make.
Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover them with a few inches of salted water.
Place the pot over high-heat and bring it to a boil.
Lower the heat a bit and boil the potatoes until easily pierced with a fork, about 20-25 minutes, depending on their size.
While the potatoes boil, stir the oil and garlic together in a small bowl.
Preheat the oven to 425°F and lightly oil a baking sheet.
When the potatoes are finished boiling, drain them into a colander and let them cool for a few minutes.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, arrange them on the baking sheet.
Gently flatten each potato by pressing on it once or twice with a potato masher.
Drizzle each potato with a bit of the garlic-olive oil mixture, and spread the oil around with your spoon or a basting brush.
Sprinkle the potatoes with salt.
Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake the potatoes until they brown and crisp around the edges, 20-25 minutes.
While the potatoes bake, place the cashews, basil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and ¼ cup of milk into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Thin the mixture with the other ¼ cup of milk, or more if you like your aioli thinner.
Taste-test the aioli and adjust any seasonings to your liking.
Serve the potatoes immediately after they come out of the oven, with the aioli on the side or drizzled on top.
This recipe makes a big batch of aioli. If you have any leftover (you probably will), use it for another batch of potatoes, thin it and use it as a salad dressing, or place it in a sealed container and freeze it for later.