If you’ve enjoyed loaded potato skins or a loaded baked potato in the past, you are in for a treat. These Easy Loaded Smashed Potatoes have all the baked potato flavors you love in a simple side dish. Sometimes you don’t have time for baked potatoes, but you still want to enjoy some yummy potato flavor. Try these and have the family begging for more. Still looking for more yummy potato ideas? Check out these Air Fryer Cajun Potatoes. These Coca Cola Baked Beans also make a wonderful side dish!
EASY LOADED SMASHED POTATOES
These loaded smashed potatoes make the perfect side dish. So many yummy flavors combined with a crispy potato. What’s not to love? My favorite thing about them is how they are crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. If you are looking a more traditional mashed potato recipe, try these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
Ingredients you need for cheesy smashed potatoes
- Baby Red Potatoes
- Cheddar Cheese
- Bacon Bits
- Olive Oil
WHAT KIND OF POTATOES CAN I USE TO MAKE SMASHED POTATOES?
I used baby red potatoes, but in the past have used small Idaho and russet potatoes.
HOW TO MAKE EASY LOADED SMASHED POTATOES
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start out by boiling the baby red potatoes and place them on a baking sheet greased with olive oil.
Pour the minced garlic into the olive oil and mix well.
With a spoon or spatula smash each potato so it looks flattened.
Use a basting brush to coat each potato liberally with the garlic and oil mixture.
Next, sprinkle the potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese.
Add bacon bits on top and place the oven for 10 minutes or until the edges become crisp.
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH EASY LOADED BAKED POTATOES?
I love to serve these with burgers as they make a tasty alternative to fries. They are also great with some grilled chicken or steak.
EAT AT HOME MEAL PLANS
Have you heard about Eat At Home Meal Plans? If the cost of eating out or the decision of what to make for dinner each night is stressing you out, then you must try these. When you sign up, you get access to four separate meal plans each month (Traditional, Wholesome Traditional, Slow Cooker, and No Flour/No Sugar). All you do is print the plans, color-coded grocery lists, and recipes you want for that month. Don’t worry, there are lots of options, so even picky eaters will find something they like.
Then when it is time for dinner, make that night’s recipe (choices include make-ahead, freezer meals, slow-cooker recipes, and other time-saving strategies).
That’s it! Dinner is on the table and you can enjoy a home cooked meal with the family – without the stress!
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