Hey hey hey! How are y’all? We were on vacay last week, so I didn’t have any updates because I just wanted to relax! It was so great! Now I’m back and getting caught up on school and blogging!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite side dishes: loaded smashed potatoes! These are very tasty and make a great side dish!

We don’t have these very often because 1. they are, admittedly, probably not healthy. I’ve never actually tried to calculate the calorie content of these because when I’m eating something like this I’m eating it because it tastes delicious, not because of its calories. 2. they do take a while to make.

Stephen requested these this week though, so we decided to take them on! They are totally worth all the effort though! We love to serve these when we have friends over for dinner because they seem fancier than they are. Haha! Who doesn’t want their friends to think they’re Top Chef? (They’re actually quite easy to make!)

A few years ago, I was googling trying to find another way to serve red potatoes besides just cutting them up and roasting them. We tried one that was super involved with like boiling them a little, moving them to a cast iron skillet and crisping them, and then finally putting the entire cast iron skillet with potatoes in the oven and baking them. It was a ton of work! They were pretty good, but probably not worth the effort! Since then, we’ve our own potato dish using a watered down version of that concept, and this is what we arrived at!

I always use red potatoes, but you could use any small potato. I scrub them off. Then put them in a pot to boil for about 30 minutes. You want them to be soft, but not breaking apart on their own.

While those are boiling, I make some bacon. I prefer to bake my bacon as it’s just so much easier, but my husband has this weird thing with aluminum foil. Apparently, he thinks it’s going to kill him or something? I don’t know, but he won’t eat anything that comes in contact with aluminum foil while cooking, which can be super frustrating! Anyways, I fried the bacon while the potatoes were boiling. Stephen was doing dishes while I was doing this and could hear me getting popped with the grease so much that he said next time we’ll make it, without aluminum foil of course, but he’d scrub the baking sheet of all the grease!

After the potatoes are done boiling, I spread them out on a greased baking sheet. Next I smash them with a glass. Note: the first time we tried this, we used a potato smasher. It worked, but the potatoes got all stuck in the masher and stuff and didn’t smash nicely. We always use a glass now because they don’t stick too much.

Then I put a little bit of butter, and some olive oil on top of the smashed potatoes so they get a little crispy. I bake them in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, I take the potatoes out and I top them with crumbled up bacon and shredded cheese.

I put them back into the oven for 10-15 more minutes (depending on how crispy you want them).

That’s it! They’re so super delicious! We really love them!  But we save them for special occasions because of the time and healthy factors. Lol

What’s your favorite side dish? Do you have anything that you like to serve to your friends and family?

Kristy

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