Loaded Smashed Potato

As promised I am finally getting my Loaded Smashed Potato recipe posted.  It is a favorite of my family's and is a great side dish.
Here's what you need.  I usually figure one or one and a half potatoes per person depending on how big the potatoes are.  I generally fix seven potatoes for five of us. 
The first step is to wash your potatoes and cut them in half lengthwise.
Place cut potatoes in a pan of water and bring them to a boil.  Cook them until they are soft enough to smash with a fork but don't overcook them.  This is generally about fifteen to twenty minutes after they have reached a boil.
Pull potato halves out of the water without breaking the potatoes up.  I use a slotted spoon to do this as it allows the water to drip out of the spoon.  Place potatoes on a greased baking pan.
Use a fork to smash the potatoes.
The next step is to add cheese and bacon.  You can use any type of cheese you choose but I prefer cheddar cheese.  Also, I am lazy and don't like to have to fry up bacon every time so I use Real Bacon Pieces instead of frying up bacon.  This is real bacon, it is not bacon bits.  You can find Real Bacon Pieces with the bacon bits in the salad dressing aisle.
Sprinkle each potato with some cheese and bacon.

Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for fifteen minutes or until the cheese is melted and potatoes are crispy.

I spread a little sour cream on mine and so does my son but the rest of our family eat these as is.


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