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Bacon Smashed Potatoes

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  • Author: Cosette's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: potatoes
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


Delicious smashed potatoes with bacon and cheese for the ultimate comfort food.


Units Scale
  • 3 pounds red or yellow potatoes ~ the smaller the better
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided, more as needed
  • 1/4 pound bacon, chopped
  • 5 oz Gruyere Cheese, shredded
  • Toum or 3 cloves garlic minced
  • chives
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Clean your potatoes to ensure any dirt is removed from the skin.
  3. Cook your potatoes, choose your cooking method and timing:
    Instant Pot: place your rack at the bottom of the pot and add 1 cup of water. Place your potatoes in the pot and set to manual-high for 8 minutes. Quick release.
    Steaming: place a steamer basket in a large pot and 2 cups of water at the bottom. Add your potatoes and cover. Allow potatoes to steam over medium heat for 20-30 minutes (depending on size of potato) check after 20 minutes to see if they are fork tender.Β 
    Boiling: Place potatoes in a large pot and fill with water until potatoes are covered by about 1". Allow pot to come to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes depending on size.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, prepare your bacon. Place chopped bacon in a skillet and cook on medium-high heat until just browned. Remove and place on paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
  5. Prepare 2 half sheet pans by drizzling a thin layer of olive oil then add your cooked potatoes.
  6. Once potatoes are on sheet pans, use a potato masher to smash each one on the pan. Repeat.
  7. Salt each potato with a sprinkling of kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper.
  8. Drizzle each potato with some additional olive oil. If you have Toum, add it now then top with bacon bits.
  9. Bake in oven for 15 minutes in middle/bottom racks.
  10. Remove after 15 minutes and top with garlic (if you aren't using Toum) and cheese.
  11. Place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes until melted.
  12. Remove from oven, add chopped chives, thyme and any additional flake salt.
  13. Enjoy warm out of the oven with sour cream or as is.