|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 31g||39%|
|Saturated Fat 18g||90%|
|Total Carbohydrate 33g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||61%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Loaded smashed potatoes are a sure crowd-pleaser! With cheddar cheese, cream cheese, bacon, and cream, the potatoes may seem over-the-top and a bit much for an everyday meal, but they are perfect for a holiday feast or Sunday dinner.
You don't have to peel the potatoes for this dish, which makes preparation nearly effortless. The boiled potatoes are combined and lightly mashed with cream cheese, half-and-half, and butter, and then they're briefly baked with layers of bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallions. It's a deliciously decadent side dish that everyone will appreciate.
The potatoes are versatile, too. Add some roasted garlic to the mixture if you like, or mix a few tablespoons of parsley or chives into the potatoes. If you aren't serving a crowd, feel free to cut the ingredients down by half.
"Loaded smashed potatoes are rich and delicious, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The decadent dish is the perfect potato casserole for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner. The potatoes are not peeled, so prep is fast and easy. They're worth the splurge!" —Diana Rattray
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup, divided)
3 pounds russet potatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for salting water
1 to 1 1/2 cups half-and-half, or cream depending on how rich you like your potatoes
8 ounces cream cheese
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese, about 2 cups
5 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
2 medium scallions, sliced into rounds
Sour cream, for topping, optional
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 2 1/2-quart heatproof baking dish with about a teaspoon of the butter.
Scrub the potatoes and cut them into 1 1/2-inch chunks, leaving the skin on.
Put them into a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add enough kosher salt to make the water taste as salty as soup.
Bring the water to a boil, and cook until very tender and easy to pierce through the center with a knife, about 20 minutes. Drain.
Put the rest of the butter, 1 cup half and half (or cream), cream cheese, very generous grindings of black pepper, and the 1 teaspoon salt into the large pot. Warm over medium heat. Once the butter melts and the cream cheese softens, in about 4 minutes, stir the mixture together until combined.
Put the cooked potatoes back into the pot with the cream mixture. Crush the potatoes into the mixture with a potato masher until partially mashed and very lumpy. There will be a little liquid, which will absorb into the potatoes. If it's dry, add more half and half. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
Transfer half of the smashed potatoes into the serving dish and top with 1/2 each of the bacon, scallions, and cheddar cheese, and some black pepper.
Layer on the remaining potatoes and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Slide into the oven until the cheese is melted and the potatoes are hot, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Top with remaining bacon and scallions, more black pepper, and dollops of sour cream if using. Serve.
- For that "smashed" texture, avoid over-mashing the potatoes.
- To make ahead: Follow the recipe to step 7; cover and refrigerate up to two days ahead. When ready to eat, preheat the oven, and bake for 30 minutes to heat through and until the cheese is melted.
- To lighten the casserole slightly, use milk instead of cream or half-and-half.
- For a smoky, spicy flavor, add 1 minced chipotle chili pepper from a can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, plus a teaspoon or two of the adobo sauce.
- Top the casserole with cooked broccoli florets before adding the cheese topping, and then bake as directed.
- For lumpier potatoes, swap out the russets for less starchy new potatoes, red potatoes, or Yukon Gold.
- For roasted garlic flavor, add 6 or more cloves of roasted garlic.
How to Store and Freeze
- Refrigerate leftover loaded smashed potatoes in a shallow, airtight container within two hours, and eat within 4 days.
- To freeze the potatoes, transfer them to an airtight freezer container and freeze them for two to three months.
- To freeze the potatoes in portions, use a large scoop or measuring cup to scoop the potatoes onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze the potatoes until solid, then transfer the frozen mounds to zip-close freezer bags.
- Defrost frozen loaded smashed potatoes in the refrigerator overnight.
- The best way to reheat leftover smashed potatoes is in a double boiler over simmering water. You may need to add a small amount of milk or butter to get the desired consistency. Alternatively, put the potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and cover them with a dampened paper towel. Cook on high for one minute, then stir. Repeat cooking and stirring until the potatoes are hot.
How many russet potatoes are in 1 pound?
You'll need about 2 medium (8-ounce) russet potatoes for each pound or about 1 1/2 large (12-ounce) potatoes.