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Loaded Smashed Potatoes

These smashed potatoes are a meal in themselves! Great use for leftover potatoes, too.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: side dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: loaded potato, potato recipe, smashed potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 442kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes or other baking potato
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese*
  • 3 green onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 strips crisp cooked bacon diced
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pierce potatoes in several places and bake for approximately 1 hour, or until potatoes are done (soft when pinched).
  • Mix sour cream with the chives, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Remove from oven. Place potatoes on a cookie sheet. Cut an "X" on top of each potato. Using a meat mallet, pound down potato until it's about 1/2-inch thick. Brush each potato with the olive oil, making sure exposed skin is coated with the oil. Return potatoes to the oven for about 10 minutes, or until skin is very crispy.
  • Remove from oven and place 2 tbs of the sour cream mixture on top of each potato and spread it out a bit. Top each potato with the cheese, dividing equally between potatoes. Sprinkle with diced bacon and return to oven until cheese is melted.
  • Top with chopped green onion.

Notes

*I used a cheese blend called "Mac and Cheese Blend" which was a combination of sharp cheddar, American and Swiss. However, plain old cheddar is just perfect if you can't get this combo.

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 639mg | Potassium: 1022mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 2mg