Loaded Smashed Potatoes

loaded smashed potatoes

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Easy peasy! Today’s delicious recipe is the epitome of easy, and OHHHH so delicious. These little smashed bombs of happiness are supposed to be a “side”, but if you’re anything like me, they can quickly become a main dish. Or, you’ll just eat them like they’re a main dish and then ALSO eat your main dish. No judgement here!

Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in the past few years, since they are high in carbohydrates and everyone seemed to be on a low-carb diet of some sort; however, I am a firm believer that if it comes from the ground, it’s gotta be good for you. Potatoes have a truckload of potassium, vitamin C, B6 and even iron. Oh, and a great source of fibre. Sold yet?

Now that I’ve proclaimed the health benefits of the potato, let’s coat them in some bacon grease, bake them, smother them in sour cream, and top them with bacon and cheese, shall we? Mmm k.

loaded smashed potatoes

I’ve made these smashed potatoes with both red potatoes and yellow, and while both were delicious, the yellow variety seemed to have creamiest consistency once baked.

The first thing you’ll want to do is give the potatoes a little bath in boiling water for about 15 minutes, or until they’re fork tender. While the potatoes are cooking, fry the bacon in a pan until just crispy. Remove the bacon, but reserve some (a couple tablespoons) of bacon grease. Once the potatoes are done cooking, drain them, pat them dry and then roll them around in the bacon grease – if you’re not a fan of this idea, you should stop reading now. Hah! But really, the bacon grease just adds the best flavour; although, you could totally just use olive oil too.

Use a fork to gently flatten the potatoes, then bake them for about 15 minutes.

NOW for the fun part. Add some cheese, and pop the potatoes back into the oven for a bit (5 minutes). Take them out, slap a dollop of sour cream on each potato and top them all with some crumbled bacon and dill, or chives. Now just TRY to stop eating them. Or don’t. πŸ™‚

These little patties of deliciousness are the best – they’ll want to be beside every piece of meat you grill.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Prep

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Yield 35 potatoes

Smashed and baked crispy baby potatoes loaded with cheese, sour cream, crumbled bacon and dill. You'll make them for a side and end up eating them as a main!

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (1 1/2 lbs) baby potatoes*
  • 3 slices bacon, uncooked
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shreddedΒ 
  • 1/3 cup sour creamΒ 
  • 1-2 tbsp dill
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot covered with 1" of water. Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat and cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are just fork-tender. While the potatoes are cooking, place the bacon in a large pan over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a separate plate lined with paper towel, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the grease*. When the bacon has cooled, crumble the strips into a small bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Drain the potatoes, and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the potatoes in the pan with the reserved bacon grease, and roll them around until they're coated. Line the potaoes up on a large rimmed baking sheet, about 2" apart. Using a fork, gently press down on each potato to "smash" it.Β  Bake the potoates for 12-14 minutes.Β 
  3. Remove the potatoes, and sprinkle the cheese evenly over all of the potatoes. Place the potatoes back into the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove the pan, and add a dollop of sour cream on each of the potatoes. Top with the crumbled bacon and scatter evenly with dill. Sprinkle with potatoes with salt and pepper, if desired.

Notes

  1. I prefer yellow potatoes, but I've used red successfully. If you can find mini Yukon-gold potatoes, these would be ideal!
  2. If you prefer not to coat the potatoes in the bacon grease, you can use 2 tbsp of olive oil instead.

Tried this recipe? Snap a picture and post it on Instagram using #loveinmyoven so I can see your creation!

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Like your veggies loaded? You’ve gotta try my pepper poppers next!

 

 

28 Comments

  1. I definitely see myself making these smashed potatoes for my hubby! He loves anything cheese and bacon! Such a great idea for an appetizer or side! Happy Tuesday Katherine!

  2. Hahaha, Katherine, I can see how this can become your main dish….seriously I would do exactly the same thing. I love potatoes and your recipe looks sooo yummy. And so easy too, I have to try out this recipe. Absolutely love it!!!

  3. I make smashed tatos all the time and I love your cute name for them – smashed bombs – adorable! Those crispy bits get me every single time. Paired with sour cream, dill and bacon and you have one winning combo, my friend. I could totally make a meal out of just these too! Have a great week! XO

  4. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I would deeeefinitely turn these into a main dish. YUM! I think they’d be great for a Super Bowl party too because anything with bacon screams football to me! I’m totally making these soon πŸ™‚

  5. Oh yeah, main dish ALLLLL the way! Of course, I’m originally from the midwest so I could eat taters for breakfast, lunch, snack, pre-dinner, dinner, after dinner snack, AND dessert! Your recipe looks amazing, pinning for later!

  6. The perfect side to go with anything. Orrrrrr to eat as an entire meal. Absolutely LOVE these!

  7. Hi lady! I just saw your Loaded Smashed Potatoes on Instagram and thought they looked so fab! Great photos too, I love the little sprinkles of dill on top! πŸ™‚

  8. marcie@flavorthemoments

    Side dish? No….I’m thinking main dish for me! πŸ™‚ I love potatoes so much and these little loaded ones look SO good!

  9. Dang! Do these look good!! I’ll have some for appetizer, then as side, then as the main dish! 😊

  10. Nothing better than a side of smashed potatoes Katherine! These look delicious

  11. How could anyone go wrong with this combo?? This would never make it to the dining table in my house. A killer!!!

  12. definitely tried to smash potatoes with a glass cup before (not one of my finer moments). love how cute these are though!!!

  13. Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

    I love potatoes!! And these just sound like the perfect appetizer or side dish!!

  14. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    I don’t get why potatoes have gained this notorious reputation. There are many other foods which should be ostracized for being unhealthy. Those loaded potatoes are adorable and so delicious, Katherine! I totally agree with you on this – potatoes don’t need to be a side dish. What are you saying? 35 little potatoes? This will make an excellent main dish for me haha;)

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