Bacony, Buttery, Cheesy Loaded Smashed Potatoes


Cheesy Loaded Smashed Potatoes were inspired by a facebook meme. Ingredients and directions weren’t included, and weren’t really necessary. But next time I’ll make two important changes.

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Firstly, I used red potatoes, but now use either Yukon Gold or fingerling potatoes. Yukon Gold potatoes have a much thinner skin and break easily. I had to cut an X in the top of each of the baked red potatoes then smash them down with the potato masher. It was more work than I was anticipating.

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Secondly, I used real bacon bits, but they were too chewy. Subsequently, I now use precooked bacon and crumble it myself. I also plop some sour cream on the top of each of my potatoes. However, they don’t need it. Jimmie doesn’t, but I love that stuff!

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Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

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  • 1 bag of fingerling potatoes or 1 large Yukon Gold potato per person
  • 2 tbsp. jarred minced garlic
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 bag of real bacon bits
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sour Cream, optional
  • Chopped chives, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover a baking sheet with foil for easier clean up.
  2. Wash and dry the potatoes. If using the fingerling potatoes, bake 25 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. If using Yukon Gold or Red, bake 45 minute to 1 hour, or until fork tender.
  3. Using a potato masher, break each potato open and smash down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Melt butter and stir in minced garlic. Drizzle spoonfuls over each potato.
  5. Sprinkle about 1 to 2 teaspoons of bacon bits on each potato followed by 1 to 2 teaspoons of cheese.
  6. Return to oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is nicely melted. Serve with dollops of sour cream and a pinch of chives, if desired.

Moreover, these potatoes are a great side dish for just about anything. Bunless grilled burgers, Homemade Breaded Tenderloins, Hurriburgers with Cheese, or even Authentic Coney Dogs.

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Are there any people out there who don’t like potatoes? I love them every which way and can’t think of method of cooking them that I don’t like. My favoritest way is as french fries. I simply must try them everywhere I go. The next best way are as tater tots. The tots on the menu at World of Beer are deep fried, perfectly seasoned, and insanely delicious. Most importantly, they’re a great accompaniment to a blonde and an evening of blog work. 😃

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Happy eating!



About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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