Recipe Wednesday – Smashed Potatoes with Stir Ins

Yummy! This picture makes me hungry all over again! I had never tried making any form of mashed/smashed potatoes until I tried this recipe but now that I know it’s so easy I will definitely be making it again and soon! I got this recipe from an “Easy Meals” magazine from Woman’s Day. I couldn’t find the recipe on their website though so I can’t link to it. Anyway, it was really good and a really great side dish. You can change out what you put in the potatoes to make them go with any meal!

Smashed Potatoes with Stir Ins
Serves 6 (2/3 c servings)

2 pounds (4 cups) medium red potatoes, washed, cut into quarters
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Half and Half
1/4 cup Butter, cut into chunks
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Salt
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1. Place potatoes and 1 teaspoon salt in a 3 quart saucepan; cover with water. Cook over high heat until water comes to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook until potatoes are tender (15 to 20 minutes). Drain potatoes, return to saucepan.
2. Meanwhile, heat half and half in 1 quart saucepan just until warm.
3. Add butter to potatoes; mash potatoes until about two thirds are mashed and one third remain lumpy. Gradually add half and half to potato mixture; mix well. Stir in sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper (if desired), and bacon. Serve immediately.

– Ranch Smashed Potatoes: Omit 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in 2 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix and 1/4 cup chopped green onions with sour cream.
– Chipoltle, Green Chili, and Cheddar Smashed Potatoes: Stir in 1 teaspoon chopped chipotle chili in adobo sauce, 1 (4 ounce) can well drained diced green chilis and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

I didn’t use all of the liquid with the potatoes because mine were getting soupy quickly. Just keep mixing until you get a consistency that you like.

Also, make sure you don’t get too many of the potatoes smashed before you start adding liquid. The stirring with the liquid smashes the potatoes quickly.

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    October 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I’m off to the grocery store to buy some potatoes. This would be a great side to go with my pork tenderloin and sauteed spinach!

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