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Simply Smashed Potato Cakes

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Servings: 8


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 6 small Yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions


Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the bacon from the skillet, keeping the drippings in the skillet. Remove the skillet from the heat. Chop the bacon and reserve.

Place the potatoes and garlic in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches and 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 broth, yogurt, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup panko, the cheese, scallions and reserved bacon. Shape into eight 3-inch patties. Place the remaining 3/4 cup panko in a shallow dish and dredge the patties in the crumbs.

Heat the bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Add half the potato cakes and cook until browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Carefully transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the potato cakes. Serve hot.