Smashed-Down Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese

This is one of those recipes that’s so bad for you, you know it’s going to be amazing. It’s a fried potato side dish from Guy Fieri, topped with crispy bacon, shredded Parmesan cheese, and a tangy sour cream topping. The best part is that it starts with whole baby yukon gold potatoes, which are boiled and then smashed down into the best of both worlds: a flat potato that crisps up all around the edges, but with a smooth, creamy, almost mashed-potato texture at the center.

Smashed-Down Potatoes with Bacon & Cheese
Adapted from Guy’s Big Bite

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 3 pounds baby Yukon potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 3/4 pound bacon, diced
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan (freshly grated, no green cans!)

In small mixing bowl combine sour cream, mustard, and white wine. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In large stock pot cover potatoes with water and add 2 tablespoons salt. Set heat on high and boil until fork tender.

In a large saute pan over medium heat cook bacon and saute onions until caramelized. Transfer bacon and onions from pan on to a paper towel to absorb grease. Distribute evenly on a platter and keep warm. Leave remaining fat in pan.

When potatoes are fork tender, drain, and with a clean kitchen towel, palm smash the hot potatoes to approximately 1/3-inch thick.

Reheat fat in saute pan and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Heat to oil medium heat and place potatoes in oil. Season with salt and pepper and brown on both sides, then transfer to onion and bacon platter. Repeat, adding more oil, until all potatoes are cooked crispy.

Top potatoes with Parmesan and then with sour cream mixture.

Note: Be sure to keep an eye on the potatoes–I didn’t have any trouble the first time I made this recipe, but this time, I think I let them go a little too long. These had a tendancy to start to crumble when I smashed them, which made it harder to fry the smashed-down potatoes intact.

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9 Responses to “Smashed-Down Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese”

  1. Test Subject #2

    Have I eaten these?? They look amazing! Why don’t I remember them?

  2. Mara @ What's for Dinner?

    Uh… you’re not supposed to post things that are like illegal substances on a food blog 🙂

  3. Ysobel

    Yum yum yum to everything about this entry. I wouldn’t mind trying these, but it’ll have to be when I’m no longer on a diet.

  4. Mom

    These are awesome, I think I was the first to try this recipe……… least that is the way I remember it. In fact I think it is time to try again

  5. Teri

    @Test Subject #2
    I think you have had them once, when you first moved in. The first time we had steaks, actually. Way back in August.

    @Mara & @Ysobel
    I know—they’re RIDICULOUS. They just are. There are a lot of things that I could make healthier, and I enjoy doing that most of the time. There’s no saving potatoes fried in bacon and topped with cheese, though. It just can’t be done. The good news: We don’t eat like this every day. 😉

    I think you did actually try them first. I was still living at home, but you made them on a night I wasn’t home, so I’ve never eaten them with you.

  6. ChrisReynolds

    These look amazing and because of my friend Kat showing me just saved me for a dish to bring to my g/f’s family’s Easter brunch. Especially because it’s the first time I’m meeting them. Genius!

  7. Teri

    @ChrisReynolds: I hope you like them. They’re delicious. Let me know how it turns out!

  8. ChrisReynolds

    It turned out AMAZING and it was VERY delicous. You saved my butt. The only thing is I changed it slightly. I added chopped mushrooms with it and put Monteray Jack cheese on top and melted it. Everyone loved it at my girlfriend’s parent’s house. Thank you so much.

  9. Teri

    @ChrisReynolds: Glad they turned out well for you. I like the idea of mushrooms and jack cheese–sounds delicious! And like my favorite fajitas at Chili’s (chicken, applewood-smoked bacon, Jack cheese, and mushrooms).

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