Keeping in the spirit of untraditional traditional foods…

Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes I

…let’s make potatoes! Like, only one of THEE staples of Turkey day. Hope you’re not sick of ’em yet.

Potatoes, my friends, were my absolute favorite food growing up. Number one I tell you. For at least 10 or 15 years I responded with “potatoes” when asked what my favorite dish was, and that included everything from mashed with gravy (um my computer just corrected gravy to Tracy. Twice. What?), scalloped, chopped and roasted until crispy and especially my mom’s potato chip topped frozen hash brown cheesy casserole. Ugh. So good.

Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes I

On Thanksgiving, I prefer some plain old mashed potatoes so I can load on the gravy, and especially so I can make hot turkey sandwiches the next day and eat them with a side of mashed potato pancakes hopefully fried in bacon grease, but if somebody wants to serve me potatoes mashed with buttermilk, bacon and blue cheese next Thursday I wouldn’t hate it. You wouldn’t hear a peep. At least not from me. I mean, I’m totally quiet and not dramatic or opinionated at ALL. Maybe from my husband, who plates his food and then MIXES IT ALL TOGETHER. I’d go in to more detail but it’s pretty horrific. I think what he does with his food requires plain potatoes, but then again since it’s all mixed together, how would he know the freaking difference?

He wouldn’t. That settles it.

Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes I

Speaking of differences, I debated this here many moons here ago but what the heck is the difference between mashed and smashed potatoes? In my brain, mashed potatoes are skinless and silky and almost always need gravy while smashed potatoes are chunky and filled with pieces of skin and can easily be gravyless. Thoughts? Lots of important things go on in my head. I have a lot of time on my hands. Luckily, that time translates into making potatoes with the crunchiest bacon ever.

Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes I


Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes

Yield: serves 4, is easily multiplied

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


2.5 pounds yukon gold potatoes
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
4 ounces blue cheese
2 green onions, sliced


Wash potatoes and peel or cut off any dark spots or imperfections, leaving as much skin on as possible. Cut into cubes and place in a large stock pot, covering with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Drain potatoes and place back in the pot over low heat. Add butter and buttermilk, then use a potato masher and mash until your desired texture has been reached. Mash in salt and pepper, then mash in the cheese and crumbled bacon, saving a bit for the top if desired. Taste and season additionally if desired. Top with sliced green onions.

Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes I

Oh but seriously, how amazing would these be made into mashed potato pancakes? Kill me now.

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78 Responses to “Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes.”

  1. #
    Kim in MD — November 15, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Mashed potatoes are my favorite food, definitely my favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Oh my gosh…with the addition of bacon, scallions and blue cheese? I could snarf up a whole bowl of these!


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    little kitchie — November 15, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    buttermilk…bacon…blue cheese… you’re speaking my language, lady. YUM!!!!


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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — November 15, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Nobody makes me miss dairy like you do Jessica. This looks amazing!


    • Rose — November 15th, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

      THIS is totally exactly what I was just thinking ha.. I’ve been allergic to dairy since 16yrs.. :( this site makes me miss it hard! But I can’t help but look and dream!! PS I lovve potatoes too, my fav as a kid(/still at 26 yrs) is a baked potato with a huuge glob of garlic ceaser dressing (always Renee’s, dunno if thats a Cndn brand) all mixed and smashed in. Yuuuuum. They make non-dairy kind randomly, thank the lord :)


  4. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 15, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    It must be a potato day! I love the recipe, the blue cheese sounds awesome in it!!!! Gorgeous potato pictures!


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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 15, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I normally am like you Jess, straight mashed potatoes nothin’ on them except the occasional gravy oh and butter and lots of salt and pepper, of course. But I do have to admit that these taters look pretty freaking awesome. I wouldn’t know how i feel about them on Thanksgiving, but definitely a great weekend side dish!


  6. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 15, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    I’ve always thought of potatoes as a pretty bland vegetable, and as a kid, the only way I ate them was mashed and coated in ketchup. You sure know how to dress em up!!


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    Heather@SugarDish(Me) — November 15, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    So listen… I am all over all these slightly adjusted Thanksgiving recipes. I freaking love them!! Lightened up green bean casserole? Amazing. Buttermilk, BACON, and blue cheese in my mashed potatoes? Yes, please. Oh! and I made the lightened up butternut squash skillet mac n cheese the other day. Sooooo good. It might make an appearance. All of this to say thanks for planning my Thanksgiving menu. I’ll send cookies.


  8. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — November 15, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Love this! I once had blue cheese scalloped potatoes at a restaurant and loved them so much I recreated them at home. Now I need these.


    • Tina — November 15th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      OMG! What a great idea!!! Now if I could only get my family to love blue chesse as much as I do! Wait…they won’t eat any so then that means that whole dish would be mine!! *shifty eyes*


  9. #
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 15, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I love using buttermilk in potatoes but I have a feeling that adding blue cheese and bacon makes them out of this world deeeelicious. Yum!


  10. #
    Rachel — November 15, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Oh man! I love bacon, and bleu cheese, and potatoes. These look heavenly!


  11. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — November 15, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Yum! I think I’m getting most of my Thanksgiving recipes from you! Keep them coming!


  12. #
    Julie — November 15, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    I love blue cheese and bacon, so these look awesome! My mom made a new mashed potato recipe a few weeks ago that was pretty tasty too: She boiled the cut up potatoes in chicken broth, then mashed them with sour cream and cream cheese.


  13. #
    Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 15, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I still to this day respond with “potatoes” as my fav food!


  14. #
    Julia Jolliff — November 15, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Wow these look so comforting and delicious.


  15. #
    Liz — November 15, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make them into potato pancakes!!!


  16. #
    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — November 15, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Yummm mashed potatoes are one of my favorites too. And bacon pretty much makes everything better, so I can imagine how amazing this is!


  17. #
    Ashley — November 15, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Hmmm, yes. I would agree that those are smashed potatoes! There’s hot debate in our family whether there should be lumps or not. I’m a big proponent of no lumps! But…I do like the skins on.


  18. #
    deva at deva by definition — November 15, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    I love mashed potatoes. In our household there are lumps and skins. I remember when we had our roommate he offered to peel the potatoes for mashed potatoes and The Boy and I looked at him and said ‘but we like the skins..”


  19. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 15, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Holy amazeballs. I want these next Thursday. Do you think you could sub the blue cheese for cream cheese? Now, before you look at me all judge-y, I LOVE blue cheese but have a feeling my plain-jane family may have a heart attack if they doth detect a crumble of blue in their mashed potatoes (I’m working on them).

    Looks awesome!


    • Jessica — November 15th, 2012 @ 11:05 am



  20. #
    Stacy — November 15, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    Mashed are silky, skinless and lovely with ribbons of gravy. Smashed is what my husband does with little red potatoes boiled in their skins and then smashed with cream cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, butter, salt & pepper and whatever else sparks his fancy (cheese, bacon, chives and carmelized onions have made appearances in the past). Groan. There’s never any leftovers! Oh. So. Good!


  21. #
    Pretend Chef — November 15, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    I would be the only one in my family who would enjoy these. More for me! This looks amazing. Oh my!


  22. #
    Julie @ NaClKItchen — November 15, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    I’m like your husband– I mix it all together on Thanksgiving. ;) Although these potatoes could certainly stand alone!


  23. #
    Kimberlee — November 15, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I love potatoes as well. They allow you to get creative. I will definitely be trying this recipe soon. It may be sooner than Thursday. I surely don’t need an excuse to cook potatoes.


  24. #
    jennifer — November 15, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    holy crap these look good. i want them in my belly now. sadly, i go to my in-laws for thanksgiving and they serve the ugh. we’re talking cool whip and jello pudding pies, green bean casserole (the original recipe). pray for me…. i will come home hungry.

    ps. can’t wait for the trader joe’s list. one opened here a couple months ago and I was not sure where to start except for the frozen chocolate croissants. what? so good. and of course the three buck chuck. not bad for $3.


    • Katrina — November 15th, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

      Uggg. Even worse? My grandparents serve all of that plus canned cranberry sauce with the ridges still in it.


  25. #
    Anne W. — November 15, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    You just made me want to be assigned to bring mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving… I’ll bring some boring plain ones for the boring people and these for the cool kids, like me :)


  26. #
    Jill — November 15, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Ooooh, yes, please!


  27. #
    Riley — November 15, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I loved mashed potatoes when I was a kid, and I still can’t enough. These look delicious!


  28. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 15, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    I LOVE getting fancy with my mashed potatoes, rock on chick!

    One of my favorite ways to EASILY spice up regular mashed potatoes is to replace the butter with a flavor of Alouette spreadable cheese like Garlic & Herb or Spinach & Artichoke! It totally amps up your taters without any extra effort :)


  29. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — November 15, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    omg, I can’t even. Just stop it right now. These look INSANE. Though I’m mostly a goat cheese girl myself so I may just substitute those in.


  30. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 15, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    This would be right up my husband’s alley! He would go nuts for it!


  31. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — November 15, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    I’m one of those OMG MY FOOD CANNOT TOUCH people too, haha. Yet I can handle most casserole type things, which defeats the purpose a bit, yeah?

    Yummm this looks soooo gooood…


  32. #
    Margaret — November 15, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    OMG, my fellow potato lover! I often wonder if I can order french fries and mashed potatoes as sides (and possibly some form of sweet potato as well). Love love love hot turkey sandwiches, that’s the stuff dreams are made of!


  33. #
    Lindsey — November 15, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    Holy moly these look amazing and are making me very hungry! I would have never thought to add blue cheese to mashed potatoes! Genius!


  34. #
    Erin @ The Food Doctors — November 15, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    We are soul-mates. I swear.


  35. #
    Jess @ OnSugarMountain — November 15, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    OMG. Just oh my god. Can this just be dinner? Is that allowed? Because it’s happening.



  36. #
    Amber — November 15, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    This looks AMAZING. I have been making potatoes like crazy lately, but my smashed ones are just starting to taste boring. I’ll definitely be trying this!!


  37. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — November 15, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Love this nontraditional version of a classic! I’m with you on the difference between mashed and smashed potatoes. I actually don’t like whipped mashed potatoes, but I love chunky smashed potatoes that have lots of texture and especially when they have add-ins like bacon & blue cheese!


  38. #
    Jolene ( — November 15, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Those look like the best smashed potatoes I have ever seen … and I am not really a fan of blue cheese, but I think I would like it in this dish!


  39. #
    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — November 15, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Too bad for my picky family this can’t be at the Thanksgiving dinner table! They don’t know what they’re missing. I’m thinking I’ll make this for myself. :P


  40. #
    Ari @ Ari's Menu — November 15, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    Yes.Please. You had me at bacon…


  41. #
    Laura | The Velvet Doe — November 15, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    Looks AMAZING!! But, um, how… ‘blue cheese-y’ is it? :)


  42. #
    Nicole @ Liberty Belles — November 15, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    yummmmmmmmy. making this for myself and eating it all. by myself.


  43. #
    Melissa — November 16, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    I’m really wary of cooking with blue cheese, but I think you’ve officially convinced me! Mashed/Smashed potatoes are one of my favorites!


  44. #
    Angie — November 16, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Def make these on Thanksgiving, great idea!!!!!


  45. #
    Linda — November 16, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    When I lived at home – many, many years ago – my mom made potato pancakes out of left over mashed potatoes. She added chopped onions, egg and a little flour. She fried them in either butter or bacon grease. It was the 50s and 60s. We didn’t know about all that bad cholesterol stuff, but boy were they tasty….and crispy around the edges….yum. These would be soooo tasty that way!


  46. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 16, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    My boyfriend’s birthday is the day before Thanksgiving and I’m thinking about making him a pre-Turkey day birthday meal (you know, so he can stretch his stomach in anticipation)…if I do, this will definitely be on the menu. He LOVES blue cheese!


  47. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — November 16, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    I have a Greek yogurt, blue cheese, and bacon potato salad on my blog. Love the idea of similar flavors in a mashed potato dish. Such a great combo!

    Oh, and I sent a potato pancake with eggs, cheese, and leftover broccoli to school with my 2 1/2 year old son the other day, and he devoured it!


  48. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — November 17, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    I think you’ve nailed the definition of smashed potatoes vs. mashed potatoes. That’s definitely how I’ve always viewed it. Would you believe it if I told you that my family *NEVER* has or had mashed potatoes at any holiday gathering?!? Like, seriously…never. It was always and will always be sweet potato casserole. I really don’t even think I tried real mashed potatoes until I saw that movie “While You Were Sleeping” with Sandra Bullock and the grandmother kept saying in her best New York accent “Oh, these mashed potatoes are so creamy” over and over again. It made me want to try them real bad :/


  49. #
    Stephanie @ Life Tastes Like Food — November 17, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    All I want to do is eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And as a snack. Every. single. day. YUM!

    Thanks for the great recipe!! :)


  50. #
    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 17, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    These potatoes, hot turkey sandwiches… you’re totally killing me GF!! :)



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