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Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon

Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon ~ a recipe that hits on all cylinders! Crispy edged potatoes; sweet and tangy from the bbq sauce brushed bacon! Drizzled with a little cold sour cream for a last burst of flavor!

appetizer plate with multi colored potatoes smashed with bacon and sour cream on top

I first had a less amped-up version of this smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon recipe many years ago after watching a cooking segment with someone who had eaten them at The French Laundry restaurant. I couldn’t believe how simple they were? (Very addicting I might add…. It’s hard to just eat a few.)

I’ve mostly used them as a side dish before. If I need to they can be prepped early in the day and then just popped in the oven to finish when its go time.

When I was looking at my most popular posts one blaring observation is that if they have any potato in them you all LOVE them! Well, who am I to argue as I know ANY potatoes are my FAVORITE things too!

I can’t believe I’ve never thought to serve these as an appetizer before? The original Smashed Potatoes recipe just had the roasted potatoes with salt and pepper but it occurred to me for an appetizer I could really amp up the flavor a bit with these Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon!

Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon ~ a recipe that hits on all cylinders! Crispy edged potatoes; sweet and tangy from the bbq sauce brushed bacon! Drizzled with a little cold sour cream for a last burst of flavor!

I make a Meatloaf wrapped in bacon brushed with bbq sauce that is a huge crowd pleaser because it’s amped up meatloaf. We were eating the potatoes as a side dish with the meatloaf and a piece of the bacon ended up in the same bite…. I realized right then and there it was a perfect addition so why not do it for the potatoes too!

This Simple trick is both a time saver and flavor booster!!

I don’t know about you but I have a really small dishwasher. Because of that I cook the bacon in the oven first then use the same pan to roast the potatoes. It also gives the added benefit of having a little bacon drippings coat the potatoes. (Really? Who doesn’t like extra bacon flavor boost in anything??)

We served these Smashed potatoes with BBQ Bacon with these Bloody Mary’s for a get together with rave reviews! Let me know what you think!

Enjoy ~ m

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Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon

Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon

Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon ~ a recipe that hits on all cylinders! Crispy edged potatoes; sweet and tangy from the bbq sauce brushed bacon! Drizzled with a little cold sour cream for a last burst of flavor!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs small potatoes, mixing red, gold and purple optional (SEE NOTE 1)
  • 6 pieces bacon
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, We like Famous Dave's Devil's Spit
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Rinse and scrub potatoes.
  3. Place potatoes in a pot of water and turn heat to high. Bring to a boil and cook for 20-25 minutes. Potatoes should be softened, but al dente so that when you smash them they do not disintegrate.
  4. While potatoes are boiling you can start the bacon.
  5. Brush both sides of bacon with BBQ sauce and place on large metal baking sheet.
  6. Place in the oven, turning once and cook until crisp and browned. About 20 minutes.
  7. Remove bacon to plate for later use.
  8. Leave bacon drippings on baking sheet for added boost of flavor for potatoes.
  9. Increase oven temperature to 400*
  10. Once potatoes are to done boiling, drain water and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Place potatoes with 2 -3 inches in between them onto the baking sheet. (The bacon drippings will till be on the baking sheet.
  12. Using the palm of your hand, press firmly to "smash" (slightly flatten) the potato.
  13. Once all potatoes are smashed drizzle olive oil over top of potatoes.
  14. Then generously season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
  15. Place baking sheet back in oven, baking for 20 or so minutes. Check on the potatoes and flip them at 10 minutes. You will also need to crumble the bacon over the potatoes after you flip them.
  16. Potatoes are done when the edges are crisped and golden brown.
  17. Taste potatoes and add salt and pepper as needed.
  18. Serve immediately will sour cream dolloped over the top or in a bowl for each person to serve themselves.

Notes

The smaller the potatoes are the better. Larger potatoes will work, but you want the pieces to be bite sized when serving. Fingerlings work as well as any tiny potatoes.

You can boil potatoes and prepare ahead of time. After boiling, go ahead and slightly smash the potatoes and place in a bowl in the fridge for use when needed. Take potatoes out when you start preparing bacon so they can come closer to room temperature before baking. Smash the potatoes fully on baking sheet after you have browned the BBQ bacon.

These work as both a hearty appetizer or as a side dish.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

8 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Saturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g
Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon ~ a recipe that hits on all cylinders! Crispy edged potatoes; sweet and tangy from the bbq sauce brushed bacon! Drizzled with a little cold sour cream for a last burst of flavor!

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Smashed Potatoes with BBQ Bacon ~ a recipe that hits on all cylinders! Crispy edged potatoes; sweet and tangy from the bbq sauce brushed bacon! Drizzled with a little cold sour cream for a last burst of flavor!

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gingeredwhisk

Sunday 27th of November 2016

Oh my goodness, these look awesome!!

kimchichick

Saturday 26th of November 2016

I never thought to smash potatoes like this before! Love the thought of pre boiling and then baking the potatoes in the bacon fat. Will definitely be trying this soon!!

Michele

Monday 28th of November 2016

In my world, bacon is a major win! Hope you enjoy them! ~m

Sandi

Friday 25th of November 2016

These crispy potatoes look like they would be perfect for brunch.

Michele

Monday 28th of November 2016

Thats a great idea Sandi! ~m

markr356

Friday 25th of November 2016

Those potatoes look wickedly good. Very tasty.

Michele

Monday 28th of November 2016

:)

dessertfortwo

Thursday 24th of November 2016

This sounds so good!

Michele

Monday 28th of November 2016

:)

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