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


  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.
  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.

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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

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