Have you ever had these twice cooked potatoes? The first time I had them, I used a Pioneer Woman recipe and my life was forever changed. They're soft on the inside (from boiling) and crispy on the outside (from baking) and they're like the best french fry you've ever had.
For this recipe I used the basic idea, but I transformed it into an Instant Pot recipe! Who loves the Instant Pot? Yes, everyone. And once you cook potatoes in the Instant Pot, you'll never do it another way. Why bake a potato for an hour when you can pressure cook it for just a few minutes? And boiling? Forget it! These little baby potatoes only take four minutes in the Instant Pot. FOUR! That said, if you don't have an Instant Pot, you can still make this recipe by simply boiling the potatoes (whole) until they're fork tender.
I can't really think of a better way to top crispy, tender, delicious potatoes than with bacon and ranch dressing. Ok, so maybe cheese, but cheese is better than any other food, ever. But since I've sworn off cheese for life after my last pizza incident, bacon and ranch definitely come a close second. This recipe is pretty simple, and can definitely be made while you're throwing a main dish together.
Fair warning: you may want to eat the entire pan of these while standing over the stove. Of course I've never done that...I've just heard.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Bacon and Ranch
1 lb. baby potatoes
4 slices of bacon
1T ghee, melted
1/4t garlic powder
Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
- Pre-heat the oven to 375, and lay the bacon on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Once the oven comes to temperature, put the bacon in for 8 minutes.
- Put water and potatoes into the Instant Pot, and press "Manual," and then press " - " until the display says "4."
- Remove the bacon from the pan and set on a paper towel to absorb some of the grease.
- Bump the oven temperature up to 400.
- When the potatoes are done, put a towel over the steam release, and switch it to "Venting." When all the steam has come out, open the lid and drain the potatoes.
- Lay the potatoes on the bacon pan, and using the bottom of a glass, slightly smash each potato.
- In a small bowl, mix together the ghee, salt, and garlic powder. Brush this mixture over each potato.
- Put the potatoes into the 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the outside is getting brown and crispy.
- Finely chop the bacon (and whip up the ranch dressing if you haven't made it yet).
- When the potatoes are done, top each one with some bacon and a drizzle of ranch dressing!
If you decide to take this for dinner, snap a photo for me! Post your picture on Instagram, and tag me at #ideatthatfoodtoo. You can also Pin this picture so you don't forget to make this another time!