Smashed Potatoes with Bacon

Recently I saw a “news” item about a new bacon hot fudge sundae. I agree that most things are better with bacon, but I’m not sure about the sundae. However, I AM certain about this smashed potato idea.

I blogged about smashed potatoes a few months ago, after reading the latest cookbook from the Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond. And I’ve read several versions of smashed potatoes on other food blogs. However, just in case you missed the basic instructions, follow the bouncing ball.

smash a cooked potato

One or two small potatoes per person. I like Yukon gold because they’re so moist.
1 TBS olive oil per potato
1 TBS grated parmesan cheese per potato
1/2 cooked bacon per potatoe
2 TBS shredded cheese (yes, you guessed it – per potato.)

add crisp bacon pieces

top with cheese

a tidy package

Scrub the potatoes and stab each one a few times.
Pop in the microwave for 3-4 minutes or until they’re cooked.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the cooked potatoes on a greased baking dish.
Use a large fork or potato masher to gently smash each potato.
Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the middle of each potato.
Next sprinkle salt and grated parmesan cheese.
Place half of a cooked piece of bacon over each potato.
Top with shredded Matzarella or a cheese of your choice.

Bake about 15 – 20 minutes until the cheese is golden and crispy.

I made the smashed potatoes with bacon for Father’s Day and they were such a wonderful addition to a steak dinner.
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Smashed Potatoes

smashed potato

There are a number of versions of this floating around the food blogs; I decided it was time to try them. There’s also an interesting version in Ree Drummond’s latest cookbook, “Food From My Frontier.” Her wildly popular blog is The Pioneer Woman Cooks: I used Ree’s instructions for her Crash Hot Potatoes, but changed the ingredients. These make any meal seem special and they’re so easy to do.

boil potatoes

4 smallish Yukon gold potatoes
Sea salt
2 TBS olive oil
black pepper to taste
1-2 tsp Italian seasonings
4 TBS Five Cheese Italian blend, shredded

gently smash each

Italian cheese blend

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Wash and scrub the potatoes.
Put them in a pan and cover with water.
Boil about 20 minutes or until done.
Drain potatoes.
Place on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil or sprayed with baking spray.
Use a potato masher to GENTLY mash each potato.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Drizzle oil on each potato.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning on each.
Sprinkle on shredded cheese.
Bake about 20 minutes until golden brown and crunchy.

bake till crisp and yummy

4 smashed potatoes

Smashed potatoes are an interesting twist on two old favorites- mashed and twice baked potatoes. The flavors are wonderful and versatile.
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