Salty, Saucy, and Smashed
Updated: Oct 26
Hello my wonderful readers. This post will be diving into the foodie in me.
Cooking and food has always been my passion. Back when there was actual cooking shows on the food network, (not sure if its back to normal, I refuse to have cable) my TV stayed on the food network! I stop being a fan when it started being more game shows then actual cooking shows. Even though I learned how to navigate the kitchen from my mom, whose a southern cook by ty the way, I learned a lot of different strategy from watching the food network.
For example; If you take a nice cut of meat, it could be chicken, beef, or pork, and season it with some coarse kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper and then Sautee it in a hot skillet with some olive oil, you can taste the wonderful flavor of that meat. Don't get me wrong, that's not they only way I cook my meat, but if I just want the flavor of the meat, and nothing else, that's the route I go. But today we are not going that route. We going salty, saucy and smashed!
I really enjoy talking something I have on hand and turn it into a meal for my family. We were given a bag of fully cooked diced chicken. Right away my mind went to work, "what to make, what to make...." I decided on fully loaded smashed potatoes
For this recipe you will need:
Cooked chicken, cut in bite sized pieces
Few slices of bacon
Ranch salad dressing
Potatoes, I like red potatoes but any would work
A packet of ranch seasoning mix
Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper (no not the group, the seasonings 🙃)
Peel and cut potatoes into fours. You don't want the pieces to small. we are making smashed potatoes, not mashed. Rinse and put in a pot covered with cold water and bring to a boil. Cook into fork tender.
While your potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon in a medium pan. Cook to your desired crisp. Take out he pan, reserving the oil.
Put the cooked diced chicken in the same pan that you cooked the bacon in, cook until heated through. Chop the bacon and add to the chicken. Stir in some ranch dressing and set aside. Time to smash those potatoes!
Drain the potatoes. Add half the seasoning pack, butter and milk. Then SMASH! Remember your going for smashed potatoes not mash. Once its at the consistency you like stir in cheese. To serve place a mound of Smashed potatoes on your plate, top with the chicken bacon ranch mixture, drizzle with extra ranch dressing. And there you go.... Saucy, Salty and Smashed!
You noticed I did not add any measurements. The reason for that is when I'm coming up with something, I don't measure, I go with instinct. But if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. If you try the recipe please let me know what you think!
Now its time to hear from you. What did you create lately using what you have on hand?