Smashing the potatoes will make it easier to dip into with chips and blend the flavors together we especially love the fried flavors of the potatoes however you can bake the potatoes in the oven to brown first for a healthier version. Also substitute fat free sour cream and use turkey bacon for fewer calories.
Loaded Buffalo Potato Dip Recipe:
3 cups cubed potatoes ( you can use frozen hash browns or cut up at least 3 potatoes.
1 16 oz. container sour cream
6 to 8 slices of crispy cooked hickory smoked bacon
2 cups or more extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon each chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper
3 or 4 tablespoons of hot sauce depending how much you like more or less (secret ingredient)
Optional Blue cheese or Ranch Dressing
Place the potatoes in a large baking dish. With the back of a spoon or potato masher, press down on the potatoes so they are smashed down in the baking dish. Sprinkle the potatoes with the hot sauce then top with crumbled bacon. Smooth sour cream over the bacon with a spatula evenly, (if using the blue cheese or dressing add now) then smother the top with shredded cheddar cheese last. Bake or microwave until the cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips, garlic bread, pita chips or crackers.
+claudia lamascolo Author