Loaded Smashed Mashed Potatoes

Loaded Smashed Mashed Potatoes

In a world of mashed potatoes dominated by Joel Robuchon’s perfect French mashed pommes de terre recipe, we bring you a somewhat polar opposite. This is a hearty rustic flavor rich expression of what a potato truly can become. Ok enough fluff, this is a simple easy to make recipe that will compliment anything you are cooking up for the holidays or a special weekend meal. The main goal of this recipe is to mix chunky bits and skins of the potato into a dairy and bacon infused mashed potato experience. All of the non potato veggie chopping steps and cheese shredding steps can be done ahead of time allowing you to stress less on the holiday. And when you make this recipe not only is it an easy win but you might be elected master chef for your next family gathering.

Ingredients

  • 4 – 5 (3 pounds) russet potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary
  • 12 oz bacon
  • 1 tablespoon salt

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Directions

Wash then cut the potatoes into about 6 large chunks. Leave the skins on and make sure all chunks are relatively the same size. Place the potatoes in a large pot, add the salt, and cover with water. Bring to a boil on high heat and then reduce heat to medium and maintain a simmer. Cook 30 – 40 minutes until potatoes are tender when stuck with a fork or knife. Drain the potatoes and let them drip dry for a few minutes before adding them back to the pot with the burner off.


While the potatoes are cooking, slice the bacon into bits and fry it in a skillet on medium heat. When the bacon grease starts foaming and the bits are turning brown, remove the bits with a slotted spoon and place them on layered paper towels.


While the bacon is cooking, thinly slice the green onions, setting aside some of the green ends for a topping later on. Mince the garlic cloves. Mince the fresh thyme. Hand shred the block of cheddar cheese.


In a skillet at medium heat, add about ¼ tablespoon of butter. Fry the onions for about 3 minutes, then add the garlic and thyme or rosemary. Continue cooking for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to low. Add the remaining butter, whipping cream, and about half of the cheese.


Combine the skillet contents, the remaining shredded cheese and bacon bits into the pot with the potatoes. Using a potato masher, partially mash the potatoes, leaving some large chunks. Stir everything together until all is incorporated. Top with the green onions that were set aside.




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Loaded Scalloped Potatoes

Loaded Scalloped Potatoes

Loaded scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin are so good that you could serve them as a main course. In this decadent recipe, we combine a cream sauce from scalloped potatoes with the cheese from potatoes au gratin. And if that is not enough, we added all the favorites of a baked potato. When you hook this up for the holidays, you’ll be the winner winner of your Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. This recipe does require some prep time and you can get this done a day ahead of the cook. And it’s flexible enough to bake at a variety of temperatures. This makes it easy to slip in the oven along with your main course or other side dishes. The combined flavors in this recipe are quite intense. You’ll love the variety of different cheese and dairy products layered in the fresh potatoes and herbs. And a most interesting flavor comes from the chicken broth. Don’t you dare skip this ingredient it is a difference maker!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 – 6 green onions
  • 12 oz bacon
  • 16 oz cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup flour

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Directions

First, hand shred the block of cheddar cheese. Next, using a super thin guard on a mandolin, slice the white onion. Dice the green onions and mince the garlic. Finally mince the rosemary and thyme. Remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.


Next, slice the bacon into bits and fry it in a skillet on medium heat. When the bacon grease starts foaming and the bits are turning brown, remove the bits with a slotted spoon and place them on layered paper towels. Carefully remove most of the bacon grease and leave about 3 tablespoons in the skillet.


Add the thinly sliced onion and continue to cook on medium until the onion becomes translucent. Add the minced garlic and a pinch of the herbs. Next, slowly stir in the flour and combine together for several minutes. Next, add the chicken broth and stir until the sauce thickens. Slowly add the whipping cream followed by a few slices of cream cheese. Stir until the cheese melts into the sauce, then continue to add whipping cream and cream cheese until all is incorporated into the sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes then turn off the heat.


Peel the potatoes, then use a mandolin with a thin blade and slice them. When the potatoes are all sliced up, use a non stick spray or vegetable shortening to grease up a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Add a layer of potatoes to the dish first. Next use a large spoon and cover the potatoes with a layer of sauce. Next apply a layer of shredded cheddar cheese. Add some bacon bits and green onion. Repeat these steps until all the ingredients are used. Be mindful of how much you have left for each item so that each layer has equal amounts of everything. This should make 4 to 5 layers.


Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. If you need to cook with other food at a lower or higher temperature this is fine. After 30 minutes use a toothpick and stick it all the way to the bottom of the pan. Feel for the tenderness of the potato slices. If there is a lot of resistance like a raw potato, keep cooking with the foil cover. If there is partial resistance, cook for another 30 minutes uncovered. When the toothpick slides in and out with very little resistance, almost like butter, the potatoes are ready to eat. Sprinkle the top with fresh thyme, some green onions and bacon. Allow it to cool at least 5 minutes before serving.




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Southern-ish Potato Salad

Southern-ish Potato Salad

This recipe is a non sweet take on a classic potato salad. It has similar ingredients such as dill relish instead of sweet relish but also adds a little heat with cayenne pepper. If you are not into sweet or maybe you are into trying out new recipes, give this one a try.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (for potato boil)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (for dressing)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

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Directions

Place the potatoes and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil on high heat and then reduce the heat to medium to maintain a simmer. Cook for about 20 – 30 minutes until a small knife can be inserted into the potato without resistance. At this point drain the water and allow the potatoes to cool. After about 20 minutes, peel the potatoes with a pairing knife then cut them into small chunks and add them to a large mixing bowl.


While the potatoes are cooking, dice the onion and celery. Set this aside in a large mixing bowl.


In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, relish, vinegar, and all seasonings listed. Stir the ingredients together until they are well blended. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and diced veggies, then stir lightly for a few minutes. Try to break down any large potato chunks with your spoon. Cover the bowl with cellophane and allow this to sit overnight in the refrigerator.


The next day, season the top of the potato salad with paprika. Slice the hard boiled eggs and layer them on top. Lightly sprinkle paprika on the eggs. Serve and enjoy!




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Ultimate Best Potato Salad

Ultimate Best Potato Salad

What happens when you combine the ultimate potato salad with the best potato salad? Wanna have some fun? Take a moment to use your favorite search engine and lookup ultimate potato salad followed by the best potato salad. Yeah you get page after page of grandma’s best recipes and quote unquote award winning potato salads. With so many to choose from, why not just rely on the only solid combination of the ultimate best potato salad? We combine the ultimate best ingredients and added some extra kick to make sure your potato salad experience is extraordinary. Give this recipe a try at your next gathering and your guests will not be disapointed.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • ½ pound bacon
  • ½ cup chopped green onions (2-3 stalks)
  • ½ cup chopped red onion (¼ med onion)
  • ½ cup celery stalks (2-3 stalks)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • ⅓ cup dill (or sweet) pickle relish
  • 1 ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dry dill
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

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Directions

First, place the potatoes in a large pot and submerge them in cold water. Add 1/4 cup of kosher salt then cook the potatoes on high heat until the water reaches a rolling boil. Next, reduce the heat to medium high, and cook the potatoes for 30 minutes. Check the potatoes for tenderness by using a steak knife and inserting it into each potato. The knife should pass through the potato with little effort. Once tender, remove the potatoes and let them cool for 1 hour until they reach room temperature.


While cooking the potatoes, slice the bacon into bits, then fry the bits on a medium heat. When the bacon bits start foaming and turning brown, remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to absorb the grease.


While the bacon is cooking, chop the onions and celery and add them to a small mixing bowl. When chopping, try to mince with different size chunks. Make sure to set aside some of the green onion tips for a garnish on top. Next, add the relish, mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar to the mixing bowl. Finally, add the seasonings and whisk everything together.


When the potatoes have cooled to room temperature, peel the potatoes using a paring knife. Lightly push the knife blade under the skin and drag the blade down the length of the potato pulling off the skin. Cut each potato in half lengthwise, then cut the halves in half lengthwise producing 4 lengthwise potato slices. Next cut the potato slices into chunks. Add potatoes to a large mixing bowl then pour in half of the dressing mixture. Add half of the bacon into the mixing bowl. Using an egg slicer tool, double slice 2 eggs and add them to the mixing bowl. Stir potatoes and dressing together then work in the remaining dressing into the mixture. Top the potato salad with the remaining bacon, eggs, and chopped green onion ends. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 24 hours.




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