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heavenly side dish: smashed red potatoes & bacon

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Love, love, love my taters… Smashed taters, baked taters, grilled taters… yummy. These taters are easy to prepare, and have a few “additional” touches, to make them delightful. Serve them with pride in any dish that requires a starch, and don’t expect any leftovers. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 2 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For heavenly side dish: smashed red potatoes & bacon

  • 2 slice
    slab bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 lb
    red potatoes, scrubbed clean

  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted

  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp

How To Make heavenly side dish: smashed red potatoes & bacon

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your ingredients.
  • 3
    Cook the bacon, drain, chop, and reserve.
  • 4
    Scrub the red potatoes clean, add to a pot, and cover with cold water.
  • 5
    Bring the water up to the boil, and simmer the potatoes until cooked, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • 6
    Chef’s Tip: A pairing knife inserted into the potatoes should enter with little resistance.
  • 7
    Take the butter and buttermilk and add them to a small saucepan, over low heat.
  • 8
    Allow to heat up until wisp’s of steam appear but do not allow the mixture to boil.
  • 9
    Chef’s Note: Alternately, you could use the microwave.
  • 10
    Drain all the water from the pan, and then return pan to the heat with the potatoes.
  • 11
    Chef's Note: Shift the pan back and forth a few times, until all the residual water has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  • 12
    Remove and quarter the potatoes.
  • 13
    Add the potatoes to a large bowl, along with the warm buttermilk/butter mixture and the mayonnaise.
  • 14
    Partially mash with a potato masher, or fork.
  • 15
    Add some salt & pepper to taste… along with a pinch of cayenne, the paprika, and the bacon.
  • 16
    Fold the ingredients until combined.
  • 17
    Chef’s Note: I like my “smashed” taters to have a few lumps.
  • 18
  • 19
    Serve as a side dish along with your favorite protein, or just put them into a bowl and tuck in. Enjoy.
  • 20
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.