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Loaded Smashed Taters

You can make an entire pot of smashed taters in the time it takes to bake a single potato! I like to use baby Yukon Golds because the skins are very thin and easy to mash. Make this to your taste—sometimes I add in garlic and chives or sub shallots for the green onions. My husband loves these potatoes with steak, and even my 20-month-old daughter enjoys them! —Andrea Quiroz, Chicago, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 cup 2% milk, warmed
  • 1/2 cup spreadable garlic and herb cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain; return to pan. Lightly mash potatoes, gradually adding milk, cream cheese and butter to reach desired consistency. Stir in bacon, cheeses, green onions, tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper.

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  • Marie
    Nov 18, 2019

    Loaded with flavor! A great change at mealtime.

  • Surprisegal
    Dec 18, 2017

    To Simple Foods --- No, it's not a salad. Did you not see there is milk and 3 kinds of cheese in it? It's a dressed-up (and very rich) version of mashed potatoes.

  • ytnbu
    Apr 11, 2017

    This was ok. I used 1.5 lb. package of gold potatoes and it was runny. Reduce milk to 1/2 cup next time. I used plain reduced fat cream cheese. Skipped Parmesan cheese and tomatoes.

  • KookieB
    Nov 5, 2016

    Too much fat and all these ingredients hides the potato flavor. I opted for plain low fat cream cheese, natural roasted garlic, cut back on the bacon and although I love sundried tomatoes, not in this. Chopped fresh chives is a no brainer here. Yukon Gold potatoes work. Been making this for years and it's always a pleaser. So simple to modify to your particular tastes, too.

  • abashu
    Mar 26, 2015

    So good but I don't even want to know how many calories were in them. This would be a good recipe for a crowd.

  • tsuop
    Mar 19, 2015

    Yummy!! I make this same recipe with everything except the tomatoes. I love mashed potatoes with the skins, great flavor & no pealing!!

  • zulemagarza
    Mar 18, 2015

    Gonna try this and if it turns out ad good as the picture, I'm adding it to my list of favorites.

  • SimpleFoods
    Mar 18, 2015

    I gave this 5 stars even though I haven't yet made it because the ingredients as listed are mouth-watering when blended together - have used them together in other recipes. If I'm not mistaken (it's not mentioned), this potato salad can be eaten warm, room temp, or cold - Yes?

  • NH-rescue
    Dec 27, 2013

    Great variation on regular mashed potatoes. My sons loved the bacon; we enjoyed the different cheese flavors and substituted chives for the parsley. We doubled the recipe and needed to adjust the prep time upward.

  • annrms
    Dec 8, 2013

    Delicious to the eye and easy to make. DH and I thought it good, but, with so many ingredients, it was hard to taste the potatoes, and it overwhelmed our palates. We did not enjoy the garlic and herb cream cheese and would use plain garlic and herbs. I cut down on the bacon to 8 slices from the pound recommended and cut out the butter, but everything else I kept the same. Thank you Andrea for the inspiration.