Instant Pot Bacon Parmesan Smashed Potatoes—caramelized onions, red potatoes, bacon and parmesan bring a potato side dish to a whole new level.
Instant Pot Bacon Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
If you want to take potatoes to a whole new level then you need to try Instant Pot bacon parmesan smashed potatoes. With crispy bacon pieces, flavor from caramelized onions and parmesan cheese you won’t believe how good these potatoes are.
Greg was skeptical when he saw these potatoes because they were “brown.” Why are they brown? They look weird. I told him it was because there were caramelized onions in the potatoes and that even though they don’t look like “normal” potatoes they would still taste amazing. I was right. He loved them.
Even if you think you don’t like onions I would give these potatoes a shot. The caramelized onions make the result intensely and wonderfully flavorful. By using the pressure cooker you can complete the caramelization process in a fraction of the time it would usually take on the stove. And if you’re wondering why the recipe calls for baking soda it’s because it raises the PH of the onions which also assists in speeding up the Maillard reaction (the browning process of onions that gives it that sweet, golden flavor).
I used red potatoes in this recipe but I think that Russets or Yukons would work as well. I do love the chunky texture from the peels of the red potatoes and the bits of color and fiber they provide.
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Caramelized onions, red potatoes, bacon and parmesan bring a potato side dish to a whole new level.
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 cup water
- 2 1/2 pounds medium red potatoes, quartered
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 7 strips of crispy bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
- Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting. When display says HOT add in the butter and let it melt. Add in the onions, salt, garlic powder, pepper, baking soda and thyme. Cook until onions start releasing moisture and yellowing. Pour in the water. Scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot.
- Toss in the potatoes.
- Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes.
- When time is up move valve to venting and remove the lid.
- Use a potato masher to smash the potatoes. They should be chunky, with texture. Stir in the buttermilk, parmesan cheese and bacon. Serve and enjoy.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
- Category: Side
- Method: Instant Pot
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