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 first had a less amped up version of thisSmashed 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!
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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Rinse and scrub potatoes.
- 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.
- While potatoes are boiling you can start the bacon.
- Brush both sides of bacon with BBQ sauce and place on large metal baking sheet.
- Place in the oven, turning once and cook until crisp and browned. About 20 minutes.
- Remove bacon to plate for later use.
- Leave bacon drippings on baking sheet for added boost of flavor for potatoes.
- Increase oven temperature to 400*
- Once potatoes are to done boiling, drain water and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Place potatoes with 2 -3 inches in between them onto the baking sheet. (The bacon drippings will till be on the baking sheet.
- Using the palm of your hand, press firmly to "smash" (slightly flatten) the potato.
- Once all potatoes are smashed drizzle olive oil over top of potatoes.
- Then generously season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
- 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.
- Potatoes are done when the edges are crisped and golden brown.
- Taste potatoes and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve immediately will sour cream dolloped over the top or in a bowl for each person to serve themselves.
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.
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