Bacon and Cheddar Smashed Potatoes

Have you ever tried smashed potatoes before? These are something that has been on my ‘to make’ list for months and I finally tried it.


I don’t know why it took so long, but I will tell you plainly that it will not take me this long till I make them again!

Smashed potatoes are very simple to make. First, you boil the potatoes until they are tender when poked with a fork or knife. Let the potatoes cool and place them on a baking sheet. To smash them, I used a wide BBQ spatula and pressed down till they were about 1/2 inch thick. You could also use a fork, potato masher or any metal spatula.

Once the potatoes are flattened they could be topped with so many different things. This recipe used crumbled bacon, grated cheddar and sliced green onions and it was AMAZING! I put them in a 400F oven until the cheese was melted and you could see the potatoes starting to brown around the edges – that took about 20 minutes.

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While it is not necessary, I roasted these in the oven on parchment paper. The great thing about parchment paper is that the potatoes do not stick to the baking sheet. Also, I love to top them with lots of grated cheddar and if they fall off to the side of the potatoes all those crisp bits come off easily. Those crispy baked cheese pieces are oh so tasty!!!

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Bacon and Cheddar Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Steve Cylka


  • 12-16 medium sized red potatoes
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 8 green onions , sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted
  • salt and pepper , to taste


  • Boil red potatoes whole until cooked through. Cool to room temperature.
  • Cook bacon until crispy. Drain and then crumble the bacon.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Evenly space the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten the potatoes using a metal spatula, potato masher or a fork.
  • Brush the tops of the potatoes with melted butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Top with grated cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and crumbled bacon.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the potatoes are starting to brown and crisp on the edges.

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About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I could make a meal out of these. If only I could reach though my computer screen right now!

  2. LOVE these! You can’t go wrong with bacon and cheddar!!

  3. I could make a meal out of these for sure! Delicious!

  4. I have all of the ingredients to make these incredible potatoes!! Nettie

  5. You had me at bacon and cheddar – look delicious!

  6. These are just great, I’m imagining a fried egg on top for the perfect breakfast ♥

  7. Yep… I’d skip the main and go right for these if given the chance! My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

  8. Tasty, indeed. You never fail to impress, Steve. Looks delicious.

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