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 or this Loaded Tater Tot Casserole. These Coca Cola Baked Beans also make a wonderful side dish!
Why these smashed potatoes with cheese are amazing
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.
- Baby Red Potatoes
- Cheddar Cheese
- Bacon Bits
- Olive Oil
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.
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Easy Loaded Smashed Potatoes
- Boil Baby Red Potatoes and place them on a baking sheet.
- With a spoon or spatula slowly smash each potato.
- Pour the minced garlic into the olive oil and mix well.
- Coat each potato with the garlic/oil mixture.
- Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
- Add bacon bits and place the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Serve & enjoy!
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
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.
I used baby red potatoes, but in the past have used small Idaho and russet potatoes.
Sour cream and green onions are a great addition.