Heavenly Side Dish: Smashed Red Potatoes & Bacon

Andy Anderson !


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.

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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top



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


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

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About Heavenly Side Dish: Smashed Red Potatoes & Bacon

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom