smashed red potatoes

Smashed Red Potatoes

An easy recipe for Loaded Smashed Red Potatoes - an incredible crowd pleasing appetizer or easy side dish. Smashed Red Potatoes are boiled, smashed, and baked with olive oil, cheese and bacon until crisp and topped with sour cream and chives for an irresistible and memorable appetizer!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy recipe, easy side, entertaining, game day, potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Author Julie Blanner


  • 12 small red potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt {to taste}
  • pepper {to taste}
  • 1 1/2 c shredded cheddar
  • 3/4 c bacon pieces
  • sour cream
  • 1/2 c green onion chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium high heat adding salt. Boil potatoes until tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  3. Place potatoes on a baking sheet. Using a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon, gently press to smash. 
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, fresh cracked salt and pepper. Top with shredded cheese and bacon pieces.
  5. Bake 15 minute or until crisp. Top with sour cream and green onions.

Recipe Notes

Fresh shredded mild cheddar is best.

To drizzle, thin sour cream with heavy cream, half and half or milk and funnel into a ketchup or mustard bottle and cover in a zigzag pattern.