If you love jalapeño poppers, then you're going to love these loaded smashed potatoes. Because these potatoes are not only perfectly crispy, they're also loaded with all the goodness that comes along with jalapeño poppers. I love serving them as a side to a lighter main dish like grilled chicken, or enjoying them on their own. There are plenty of ways to enjoy them and if you need any substitutions, I got you covered on that too!
You'll only need a handful of ingredients to enjoy these crispy loaded smashed potatoes.
You can use any potatoes you'd like for these. I've made them with fingerling potatoes, baby potatoes and these yellow flesh potatoes.
If you are using a larger potato, as I did here, I find it easier to begin this recipe by cutting them in half lengthwise.
Once they are halved, you can place them in some salted boiling water for about 15 minutes, until they are just fork tender. This will help make smashing a breeze.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven. This is the large baking sheet I have and love them (I have two)!
Toss your potatoes with oil and spices and coat very well, using your hands to toss them.
Place them skin side up on your prepared baking sheet. Use a mason jar, or a large drinking glass to smash the potatoes.
Now, place them in the oven to bake.
The baking time will vary, depending on how crispy you want your potatoes. I love them extra crispy and browned, so I let them go for about 50 minutes in the oven. Check on them halfway through and give them a flip.
These smashed potatoes with cheese and bacon are called loaded after all, so let's have some fun with the toppings!
Once the potatoes have gotten crispy in the oven, add some shredded cheese, chopped bacon and jalapeño slices on top and place them back in the oven. Bake for about five minutes longer, to get the cheese nice and melty.
If you want things a little extra crispy and browned, go ahead and broil for a minute or two.
Take them out and place on a platter and spoon some Greek yogurt or sour cream on top.
Aren't these just like a jalapeño popper, but with the addition of a potato instead?! I just love them!
Ok, let's make these delicious fully loaded smashed potatoes with cheese!
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Fully loaded smashed potatoes complete with crispy bacon, a sprinkling of cheese, jalapeños and a dollop of sour cream (or use Greek yogurt). Think of these like a deconstructed jalapeño popper, on a crispy potato *drool*
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