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Smashed Potatoes

Teri & Jenny
A simple and delicious Smashed Potatoes Recipe loaded with bits of bacon, garlic, cheese, and herbs! It's the perfect, hearty side dish to almost any meal, especially during cozy season months!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Amercian
Servings 6
Calories 361 kcal


  • 2 pounds baby gold potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 strips cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place potatoes into a large pot and fill with water until potatoes are completely submerged. Season with 2 tablespoons salt.
  • Place pot over high heat and boil potatoes until barely fork tender, about 12-15 minutes (once water begins to boil).
  • Drain potatoes into a colander and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and gently fry for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  • Brush bottom of sheet pan with garlic butter.
  • Add potatoes to sheet pan, in a single layer, and gently ‘smash’ each one until flat.
  • Brush tops of potatoes with remaining garlic butter.
  • Transfer baking sheet to oven and roast for 15 minutes
  • Remove sheet pan from oven and flip each potato.
  • Top each potato with a small amount of shredded cheese and chopped bacon. Place sheet pan back into oven until cheese melts, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Top each potato with sliced chives and lightly season with salt and pepper. Serve.


Variations for Our Smashed Potatoes

  • Make it vegetarian friendly by omitting the bacon.
  • Mix up the flavors with different herbs like thyme, rosemary, sage, or tarragon.
  • Try other great melting cheeses like gruyere, fontina, or gouda.

Prep Ahead and Reheating Instructions

Prep Ahead

The potatoes can be parboiled up to 3 days ahead of time. Once potatoes have cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Reheating Instructions

To reheat smashed potatoes, preheat oven to 375˚F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with melted butter or oil. Place potatoes onto baking sheet, 1 inch apart and bake for about 6 minutes. Flip each potato and continue to bake until the exterior has crisped back up and the potatoes have heated through, about 6 to 8 minutes.

What to Serve with Our Smashed Potatoes


Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 12gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 703mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 569IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 228mgIron: 1mg
Keyword holiday side dish, potato side dish
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