Restaurant-Style Smashed Potatoes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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5 whole large red potatoes

1 stick butter, softened and cut into pieces

1 cup pepper jack cheese, grated

3/4 cup sour cream

5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 whole green onions, sliced, plus more for topping

Salt (add plenty!)

Freshly ground black pepper (ditto!)

3/4 cup French fried onions


  1. Poke a few holes in the potatoes and nuke (or bake in a 400 degree F oven) until fork-tender. Add to a large bowl and smash with a potato smasher.
  2. Immediately add the softened butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions, and stir with a rubber spatula. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the French fried onions and fold in. Serve hot, sprinkling on extra green onions.
  3. Yummy with grilled steak or chicken.