I get so bored with my regular potato dishes. I love potatoes but it seems like I run out of creative ways to fix them. I saw this idea about baking a potato, smashing it, add some toppings and then completely finish baking it - but I have no idea where I saw the recipe. So, I made up my own version of it from memory and my own ideas. It turned out really well and if only I would have had my bag of picnic bacon by Hormel, it would have been fantastic!
Here's my smashed potato recipe:
First, I baked some small to medium sized potatoes in the microwave until they were almost done.
Then, I used my handy-dandy Pampered Chef tool - no idea what it's called, but I love it. You could use any potato masher or large fork to do the same job. I gave the potatoes a quick smash to open them up, but not completely break them apart.
Then top them with your favorite things - I melted some I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (which is a total lie - you can tell it's not butter), and drizzled it on top, then added some seasonings like salt, chives, pepper, then of course I added cheese. Like I said, bacon would have just put these over the top, but I was fresh out.
Then I put them in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or so. It made the skins crispy and they were so delish! I can't wait for our garden to yield some new potatoes this year. I think these would be great little appetizers if you made a tiny version.