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Smashing Pumpkins with Red Potatoes & Bacon

Create a multi-flavored side with smashed taters with pumpkin, bacon, cheddar cheese, pecans and cranberries.

I'm always looking for different ways to fix old tried and true sides. And, potatoes are some of the easiest to change up. This recipe gives you the taste of fall with the potatoes and pumpkin, plus some savory textures in the form of cheddar cheese, bacon and pecans. The cranberries bring the rest of the fall harvest into this dish - and they are such a pretty deep red against this smashed side.

For this easy recipe, microwave a few small red potatoes, some warmed up (homemade or canned) pumpkin puree. Smash the potatoes and pumpkin puree together with heavy cream and butter. Blend in a little sour cream for a tangy flavor and cheddar cheese. Then top them with bacon, toasted pecans and dried cranberries. Served beside a thick slice of roast beef and gravy, it's a full fall celebration of foods for a family dinner. Or fix a smaller amount just for a meal of one.

Smashing Ingredients:

4 Bacon slices, fried crispy and broken up

8-10 Red Potatoes

1/2 C Pumpkin puree

1/4 C Heavy whipping cream

1/4 C Sour cream (optional)

2 T Butter

1/4 Cup Cheddar cheese

Pumpkin pie spice to sprinkle

Cinnamon to sprinkle

1/4 C Pecans, rough chopped

1/8 C Cranberries, dried

Pinch of Cheddar cheese

Smashing Pumpkins and Potatoes together:

- Fry the bacon until crispy, drain on a paper towel, then break them up into nice sized chunks. Set aside.

- Microwave, boil or bake the potatoes until nice and tender.

- Rough smash the potatoes with a potato masher or fork.

- Warm up the pumpkin puree for a few seconds in the microwave. Add more puree if you like more pumpkin flavor.

- Mix the potatoes and pumpkin together in a medium bowl. Don't mix them thoroughly, leaving some of the white potato separate form the pumpkin color. Heat in the microwave to make sure they are hot.

- Stir in the butter, heavy cream and cheddar cheese.

- Add the optional sour cream if you like a little tang.

- Place them in a serving bowl and sprinkle on the spices, cheddar cheese, bacon, pecans and cranberries. The flavors and textures are delicious!


- Sprinkle more cheddar cheese on top and broil until the cheese melts.

- Stir in about 1 cup of your favorite baked beans to add another texture and flavor.

- Spread a thick layer of the smashed pumpkins and potatoes and a slice of cheddar cheese between two slices of buttered homemade bread. The bread adds another dimension and flavor to make a full carb meal.

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