I’ve shared a recipe for a super simple 5 ingredient turkey and then a recipe for easy mushroom gravy…see where I’m going with this? It’s all about prepping for an easy and delicious Thanksgiving! And what Thanksgiving spread is complete without mashed potatoes? But these aren’t any ‘ole mashed potatoes…they’re Loaded Mashed Potatoes!
All the creaminess that one loves from mashed potatoes that are made with sour cream and delicious Stonyfield yogurt, and then topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and cilantro (or green onions)…loaded! Delicious! Amazing! Your guests will truly love this unique take on a classic dish.
The conversation went something like this in my house ‘honey, I’m making mashed potatoes and was thinking of adding bac…’ my hubby interrupting me ‘you don’t need to finish that sentence, the answer is always yes to bacon.’
But the thing is, until this point in my life I had never had a potato masher of my own. I’d always used potato mashers at my parents or in-laws. The first potato masher I’ve ever owned is a super cool one called a Smood.
The Smood (smooth mash in seconds) is a potato masher that makes smooth mash in seconds, scrapes the pot clean, and serves. And boy does it ever live up to its description. I was so easy to use! No arm soreness from mashing for hours, and it literally took me all of 5 seconds to mash potatoes and has this little lip that really does scrape the sides of the bowl, so no potato chunks are left unmashed. But omg, the smoothness it created!
Now on to how to make loaded mashed potatoes:
You make creamy mashed potatoes, and then top them with cheese, bacon, and green onions (or cilantro). I like to make the bacon in the microwave, goes so much quicker and is super easy to crumble and cleanup is a breeze!
This Thanksgiving mix things up and bring this amazing mashed potato dish! It certainly goes well with turkey and gravy!
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- 6-8 Yellow Potatoes
- 1/2 Cup Skim Milk
- 1/4 Cup Stonyfield plain yogurt
- 1/4 Cup Sour Cream reduced fat
- 1 Tbs Butter
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
- 3 Slices Thick Cut Bacon
- 1/2-1 Cup Cheddar shredded, reduced fat
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro or Green onions
- Bring a large pot of water to boil, peel potatoes and then place them in the the water and allow them to cook until a fork goes into the potatoes easy and they are done cooking (about 20 minutes). Drain water and put potatoes in a bowl (or back in the pot). and add the milk, yogurt, sour cream, salt and garlic salt and mash until smooth.
- While the potatoes are cooking make the bacon. Line a plate with three pieces of paper towel, place bacon on the paper towels and place another three pieces of paper towels on top of the bacon and microwave for 3 minutes, then check on the bacon and see if it's done and then microwave for another 3 minutes until the bacon is crispy (mine was very thick and took 6 minutes.)
- Chop the cilantro (or green onions)
- To assemble the loaded mashed potatoes place potatoes in a bowl, sprinkle cheese over potatoes, then crumble bacon on top of the cheese and sprinkle cilantro (or green onions) on top.
Carla S says
I like to mash blue and purple potatoes the most! 🙂
Oh I bet the blue and purple potatoes would be absolutely beautiful! Thanks for commenting!
I love to eat mashed potatoes…I tend to mash more bananas in my baking though!
I love using bananas in baking, they’re totally delicious!
OMG, for the love, girl – this looks FANTASTIC! Why has it never occurred to me to dress up my mashed potatoes?? LOVE!
Why, thank you SO MUCH for the compliments! And dressed up mashed potatoes are absolutely THE best!
I Wilkerson says
My favorite thing to mash is avocados, then bananas. Can you believe in my whole life I have never made mashed potatoes. Guess I’ll have to try your recipe! BTW your styling of this is gorgeous!
You’ve never made mashed potatoes? NEVER? Yes, you definitely should use my recipe lol. And thank you so much for the compliment 🙂
I love mashing avocados for fresh guacamole. My kids will eat it straight from a spoon – now chips required!
Yummmmm, fresh guacamole sounds delish!
Kim H. says
This tool is genius!! My fave thing to mash is potatoes with some garlic!
Thank you so much for the compliment! And garlic mashed potatoes are always yummy!
Andrea Troutman says
My favorite thing to mash is potatoes, of course. But, I just mashed some ripe bananas last night to make chocolate banana bars.
Oh yum, mashed bananas for chocolate banana bars sounds super good!
Thanks for the comment 🙂
Nichole Smith says
I love mashed potatoes but mine always come out like glue, yuck. I like smashed cauliflower too.
Oh no, that’s so sad to hear your mashed potatoes come out like glue…this smood definitely helps make them awesome 🙂
Catherine Griffice says
Great looking tool to mash parsnips and carrots….Yum!!
Oh yum, that sounds like it would be great mashed 🙂
Ashley // My Midwest Table says
Oh, hey, big ol’ bowl of loaded smashed taters. I want to face plant right into you.
It’s true, the answer is always yes to bacon! These potatoes look insane. And what a unique mashing tool. I’ve never seen one like it before, but I can imagine how awesome it is. Just look at your potatoes!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment Ashley, mashed taters are sooooo yummy 🙂
I like to mash sweet potatoes with cream!
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I don’t do boring mashed potatoes anymore and these are certainly not boring!! They look ridiculous! I love it!
Awe, thanks girl! Aren’t fun mashed potatoes the best?
The only thing we ever mash is potatoes. With the coming Thanksgiving holiday, we will mix it up a bit by mashing some sweet potatoes.
Thanks for your comment! You know, I’ve also only mashed potatoes before and am getting so many ideas from the comments…but definitely the next thing I’m going to try mashing is sweet potatoes 🙂
Erin | The Law Student's Wife says
Love he way you piled the goodness right on that bowl of taters Phi! They look so smooth and fluffy too.
Um that tool is amazing! And this tators are calling my name! Lovely Phi!
Thanks so much for the comment girl 🙂
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says
Why are mashed potatoes SOOO GOOOD?! I need that Smood in my life 🙂
I know, right? Why ARE mashed potatoes soooo good? Thanks for commenting girl!
Hi Phi, what a great give-away!! Love the Smood. My favorite thing to mash would be potatoes and sweet potatoes, sorry, could not pick just one. Happy week-end to you!
Haha, I have trouble picking what my favorite things to mash are too 🙂 Thanks for the comment Cheri!
Andrea Rentea says
Your potato recipe sounds amazing. It perks up the potatoes with colors. My favorite thing to mash is red beets when I make a soup recipe that is the favorite of Prince Charles of England. Actually potatoes, carrrots and beets go into this soup. This new device looks amazing I have looked for something like this my entire life. Where can one get it?
Katie Jensen says
Black beans are my favorite thing to mash. I use them in brownies instead of butter.
What a great thing to mash…and I just the other day used black beans in place of butter and they were yummmmy!
Rachel @ Bakerita says
These look amaaaazing! And mashed potatoes definitely my favorite “mashed” item, especially sweet potatoes! Yum 🙂
Thank you so much for commenting Rachel! And can you believe I’ve never mashed sweet potatoes at home? Yeah, definitely need to change that stat, thanks for the idea 🙂
cheryl crain says
I must say i love to mash potato’s and these sound so wonderful, i would love this masher , just love it
Thanks so much for commenting Cheryl!
My favorite thing to mash is Garlic Mashed Potatoes…oh who am I kidding? Any kind of mashed potatoes is my favorite.
Haha, you’re so funny, and I agree…any kind of mashed potatoes are good in my book 🙂
Lynn Lovejoy from Order in the Kitchen says
OMG I could eat a whole bowl full (with the green onions, you know how I feel about cilantro lol!) This looks AMAZING I would love love love to winnnnn <3
Thanks girl! And I’ve made these with both cilantro and green onions, both are goooood 🙂
Oh my gosh I have a smood! And you know my favorite DreamFarm item is my chopula – that thing can cut through an apple in a swoosh but wont cut your finger. That is what passes for magic in this house!
Love that you have the smood…isn’t it amazing? And thanks for telling me about the chopula, I know I’ll be adding it to my Christmas list now!
Terry Bateman says
Having spent Fourteen years in the Army, before getting injured and retired, I didn’t do much cooking and ate MRES and C-rations in the field. However after getting out of the Army and my wife having Ovarian cancer, (Praise Be To Almighty GOD, She Is Now Cancer Free) I have had to do the cooking and learning as I go. The Two things I have learned to love to mash is taters and pinto beans. There isn’t nothing like a bowl of mashed taters and a pan full of pintos in some bacon grease mashed up and refried. The masher I have is made of plastic and it can be a bit hard to get the taters mashed all the way and seeing your new item, I said that is the way to go. It would be a blessing to win, but may GOD allow the one who needs it the most to win it. Could you please tell me how I might get one of these? Thank you for the recipe and the contest. May GOD uplift you and bless you everyday!
Thank you so much for your comment Terry! I have never had mashed pinto beans, I’ll definitely need to try that!
Susan Craig says
My favorite thing to mash are sweet potatoes. My favorite new kitchen tool (just got it through Amazon last week) is a Boska Toasta bag for making quick, perfect, healthier grilled cheese sandwiches in the toaster. Have you heard of these? I would love to see some of the sandwhich ideas you could come up with!
Sweet potatoes are something I’ve actually never made mashed, which is odd because I absolutely love them…so I’m going to have to try that! I’m also going to look at that product you mentioned, that sounds super awesome, and I’m sure I’d have lots of ideas 🙂 Thanks for telling me about it!
These look like potatoes my mom makes!! Love. I could eat an entire plate full of those, and pretty sure I could with these too 😀 I can’t say I’ve mashed a lot of things in my life, but chickpeas are my favorite. Mostly because I love chickpeas.
You mom sounds like one cool lady 🙂 And what a truly unique thing to mash, I never even thought ‘chickpeas’ to myself, but you’re so right, they’re great mashed! Thanks for commenting!