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Oven Baked Smashed Baby Red Potatoes

Easy Crispy Oven Baked Smashed Baby Red Potatoes recipe shows how to make the best roasted new potatoes loaded with cheese, bacon and more!

Ingredients

  • 12 potatoes, any color, about 2 inches in diameter you can use any size as long as you adjust your baking time
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup crispy fried onions, crushed, more or less if desired
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cheese, shredded or grated to taste
  • 2-4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled to taste
  • 1-2 green onions, thinly sliced, if desired, for serving
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sour cream or sour cream based flavored dip, if desired, for serving
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Get out your ingredients! There are two ways of cooking these smashed potatoes. Choose which one suits you best. These potatoes are amazing with and without crispy onions and bacon!

BAKE/BROIL METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil and cooking spray. Pierce potatoes with a fork and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about an hour or until potatoes are tender. Remove from oven.
  • Grab your hand held potato masher or fork. Move all of your potatoes to one end of the baking sheet. Spray the other half with more cooking spray
  • One by one, roll each potato on to the side of the baking sheet with more cooking spray and gently press down on each potato with your masher. DO NOT press all the way down to the surface of the baking sheet. Press down each potato into the shape of a broken hockey puck.
  • Turn oven up to broil
  • Next, if desired, top each flattened potato with as many crispy fried onions as you can. Repeat with shredded or grated cheese.
  • Place baking sheet back in your oven until cheese melts and browns potatoes to your liking. Remove from oven.
  • While cheese is still hot, top each potato with crumbled bacon.
  • Using a small spoon, add sour cream or your favorite sour cream based dip to each potato. Sprinkle with green onions and serve immediately. Enjoy!

BOIL/BAKE METHOD

  • Bring potatoes to a boil in a large pot of water until potatoes are tender; usually between 10 and 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined with tinfoil and coat with cooking spray.
  • Then lightly coat each potato with cooking spray.
  • Grab your hand held potato masher or fork. and gently mash each potato. DO NOT press all the way down to the surface of your baking sheet. Press each potato in the shape of a broken hockey puck.
  • For a crispier potato, let the steam escape for 5 minutes or so.
  • Drizzle melted butter over top of smashed potatoes.
  • Add desired amount of salt and pepper to potatoes.
  • Sprinkle cheese over top of each smashed potato.
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and top each potato with sour cream, green onions or any toppings you prefer.
  • Enjoy!!