Potato Smashers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


2 servings

Updated: Jan. 31, 2023
Try this dressed-up version of stuffed potato skins for a great side dish that no one will ever guess is light! Janet Steiger - Bucyrus, Ohio


  • 6 small red potatoes (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 center-cut bacon strips
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Reduced-fat sour cream, optional


  1. Place potatoes in a small microwave-safe dish; add water. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 8-9 minutes or until tender, stirring once.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  3. With the bottom of a glass, flatten potatoes to 1/2-in. thickness. In the same skillet coated with cooking spray, cook potatoes in dressing over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  4. Turn potatoes; sprinkle with cheese and reserved bacon. Cover and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts

3 potatoes (calculated without sour cream): 224 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.