Loaded Smashed Potatoes

loaded smashed potatoes in a rae dunn harvest dish
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Published Date: 11/10/2020
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Anyone else counting the minutes until Thanksgiving? It’s the one meal that I look forward to making every single year. Although this year we will be celebrating without extended family, I will still be preparing a feast for the five of us, including these loaded smashed potatoes. We’ll enjoy lunch and dinner and leftovers for a few days after, including a Thanksgiving leftovers grilled cheese (stay tuned for more info on that). I will enjoy every single second of it. 

We often stick to the same menu every year for Thanksgiving. We have a special way of cooking the turkey and specific sides we love, but this year, we wanted to switch up one of our sweeter dishes, the sweet potato casserole. 

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We are huge fans of roasted veggies, so it only made sense that for any potato side we were going to come up with, that roasted potatoes would be a part of it. Our family loves baked potatoes and definitely could have gone that route, but if you have more than just your family over, loaded smashed potatoes will save you the hassle of having to make separate baked potatoes and will give your guests the option to take as much or as little as they want.

These loaded smashed potatoes can be made the same day, but if you are making this the night before, you can turn off the oven after you remove the roasted potatoes. Before you melt the butter, cover the baking dish of smashed potatoes and refrigerate until the following day. Take it out about 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to heat it up. The rest of the steps will be the same, making sure that you bake at 350° for 20 minutes (if it’s still cold, leave it in for 30 minutes).

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Let’s Talk About Ingredients

How you cut your potatoes will determine how long they have to cook. If I use the larger red potatoes, I cut each one into about 20 pieces. Obviously cutting them smaller will take longer, but it will help them to roast faster and it’s faster to smash them so I find that it’s worth it. Speaking of, after using a number of kitchen utensils to try to mash the potatoes (including a tool specifically made to mash potatoes), I have found that this meat chopper is the easiest option!

For the cream cheese, I use whipped because you don’t have to soften it and it’s so much easier to mix. I love the whipped chive cream cheese because it gives your potatoes extra chive flavor as well. If you can’t find it, regular whipped cream cheese will work!

Make sure that you save some of your cooked bacon for garnish, so don’t put it all into your smashed potatoes. 

I know that when it comes to salt, we all have very different tastes. I recommend tasting your smashed potatoes before they go into the oven. Take into consideration that the cream cheese and bacon both have a salty flavor, so don’t go overboard. I find that you can always put the salt shaker on the table and have people add if they feel they need more. It’s better to add than serve it too salty.

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I’ve tried to show the steps in photos above for you, to make it a bit easier.

Step 1: Potatoes cut up and tossed with oil

Step 2: Potatoes lined up on a lined cookie sheet

Step 3: Cooked bacon

Step 4: Roasted potatoes

Step 5: Combine potatoes, spices, sour cream, cream cheese, garlic and bacon.

Step 6: Smashed potatoes transferred to a baking dish with drizzled butter

Now that you know a little bit about our loaded smashed potatoes, I’m excited to share our recipe.

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Loaded Smashed Potatoes

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Loaded Smashed Potatoes

  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life


Everything you love about loaded baked potatoes, but in smashed form. This is the perfect potato side dish for the holidays or family dinners.


  • 4 lbs red potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup whipped chive cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • chopped fresh chives
  • sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Toss chopped potatoes in olive oil and spread evenly, in one layer, on your baking sheet
  • Roast for 40 minutes
  • Meanwhile, copy bacon into bitesized pieces and cook on the stove until crispy
  • Once potatoes are golden brown and tender, remove from oven and lower to 350°
  • Mash potatoes in a large bowl. It’s okay to leave them a little chunky
  • Add sour cream, cream cheese, most of the bacon (just leave enough for garnish), black pepper, garlic and salt. Stir until combined.
  • Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish
  • Melt butter and drizzle over the top of the potatoes
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Top with a dollop of sour cream, fresh chives and leftover bacon and serve.


If you are making this the night before, you can turn off the oven after you remove the roasted potatoes. Before you melt the butter, cover the smashed potatoes and refrigerate until the following day. The rest of the steps will be the same, making sure that you bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes.

If you try our version of the Loaded Smashed Potatoes recipe, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out all of our family friendly recipes! Including our Thanksgiving favorites: My Not-So-Secret Collard Greens, Dill Stuffing, Fresh Cranberry and Orange Relish, and Apple Pecan and Caramel Trifle.

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  1. This looks so tasty and I love the combination of ingredients. I am a fan of loaded potatoes and this sounds yummy and filling.

  2. These potatoes look delicious and love it! I am pinning this recipe as my family will love this yummy recipe so thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh wow this looks amazing, I love potatoes, and these smashed potatoes look incredible! Delicious!

  4. That looks so festive. I like that it has lots of bacon plus a lot of other delicious flavors. I have to try this one weekend.

  5. Looks very delicious. I love that there’s bacon and cream cheese on it. So enticing.

  6. This recipe looks absolutely delicious. My kid and I love potatoes so I’m definitely gonna try it.

  7. Oh my goodness these sound absolutely delicious – I could definitely see myself tucking in! I think it is something the whole family would love as well.

  8. I do not think I can wait until Thanksgiving for those great potatoes. I will have to try this again and again to make sure they are perfect for fall.

  9. These look amazing! I’d love to make something like this. I might have to suggest this to my husband for a side during Christmas dinner.

  10. Whew! These loaded smashed potatoes are sent from the heavens and skies! So good! I have always enjoyed things like this; like from when I was very little. Mummy would serve it to me and I would never want to stop eating.

  11. I love your loaded mashed potatoes recipe! It looks so good. Can’t wait to serve it to my family.

  12. This looks absolutely delicious – a perfect warming, comforting meal for this time of year. I love your bowl too!

  13. This looks so good! A delicious side for the holiday meals….I’ve not mashed potatoes like this in a long time!

  14. Ouu yummy! This looks like such a great recipe to try out. I’d love to try it myself one of these days, without meat.

  15. These look incredible and would go so fast at any family gathering!!! Adding to my menu for sure!

  16. Oh my goodness, these looks SO good! I totally am saving this to make for Thanksgiving!

  17. Wow, this recipe looks really delicious and such a perfect dish to prepare on my birthday. I am saving this recipe for my reference, thank you!

  18. You got me craving for these. I love bacon and potatoes so much. They taste so good together especially with a melting cheese on it.

  19. This looks so amazing. I really loved potatoes, smashed or even just simply fried. Yum 😋

  20. I am going to save this recipe. I want to try something new with potatoes. I love that you use cream cheese.

  21. I like trying different recipes for mashed potatoes. I’ll test this one out. I know it is delicious. What a treat!

  22. Oh wow. That looks so good! I love smashed potatoes, and you made the ultimate version. I think the only thing missing is the kitchen sink, and I LOVE it!

  23. BOOYAH! I would eat that whole bowl. Just give me a spoon and leave me to my food coma.

  24. OK now this sounds like it would be absolutely delicious! What a great meal idea, I can image my other half would enjoy it as well so definitely something for us to try.

  25. Oh yes please. I know I will love these. I eat so many potatoes. I won’t lie, we usually buy the already made potatoes in grocery stores and heat them up. Maybe I’ll branch out and make these!

  26. I have always loved mashed potatoes and you seem to have taken them to the next level. I can not wait for all the sides on Thanksgiving which are always better than the main course.

  27. Oh my goodness! These look delicious. I am a huge fan of smashed potatoes and can’t wait to try your recipe.

  28. I love mashed potatoes, they are one of my favorite side dishes for dinnertime, period! Loaded mashed potatoes are the best! I am going to give this a try next week, in preparation of thanksgiving!