Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper each.
Roast the potatoes on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes, until they’re tender when poked with a fork.
Heat the called-for butter, finely chopped herbs, and minced garlic in a saucepan on the stovetop to create a melted garlic-herb butter.
Once the baby potatoes are fork-tender, remove them from the oven. Use a fork or potato masher to press the potatoes into slightly flattened patties - about a quarter to half-inch thick. It may help to score an X the top of the potato skin with a knife before smashing.
Use a spoon to add a small drizzle of garlic and herb butter to each smashed potato.
Return the smashed and smothered potatoes to the oven. Continue to bake for another 20 to 25 mins until the edges turn brown and crispy.
Add optional cheese to each potato during the final five minutes in the oven to melt the cheese.
Serve and enjoy! They almost get better as they cool down, so don't be afraid to make them ahead for a party - or enjoy them as leftovers!