Bobby's Lighter Smashed Potato Cakes Recipe by Bobby Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 45 MINUTES

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  • 3 slices reduced-fat center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, (about 2 1/2 lbs), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and cut lengthwise in half
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil


Spray a small nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, 3–4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.


Place the potatoes and garlic in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until fork-tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Return the potatoes and garlic to the pot. Mash with the yogurt, broth, salt and pepper, until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup panko, the cheese, scallions and bacon. Shape into eight (3-inch) patties. Place the remaining 3/4 cup Panko in a shallow dish and dredge the patties into the crumbs.


Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the potato cakes and cook until browned and crisp, 3–4 minutes per side. Carefully transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining oil and potato cakes. Serve hot.

Bobby's Lighter Smashed Potato Cakes


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