Herb Mash Potatoes with Crispy Bacon Topping

Zach Thorp Oct 12, 2022


  • 2 lbs. baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Gremolata Olive Oil
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 head garlic
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup warm half and half


  • 1 tablespoon Bacon Olive Oil
  • ½ cup cooked and chopped bacon
  • 2 cups corn flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt.
  3. Place garlic in the center of a small piece of foil and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil, bring the corners of the foil together and seal, creating a little pouch.
  4. Place the garlic on the baking sheet with the potatoes. Roast garlic for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  5. Bake potatoes for 30-45 minutes or until fork tender. While the potatoes are baking, combine topping ingredients together in a large bowl, toss to coat.
  6. Place on another baking sheet and toast, in the oven, for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  7. Once the potatoes are done, remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Using an oven mitt to help hold the hot potatoes, remove the peel and place peeled potatoes in a large bowl.
  8. Remove roasted garlic cloves from their husks and add to the bowl with the potatoes.
  9. Add cream cheese and half and half, mash using a potato masher until smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Spoon mashed potatoes into a serving bowl or platter and sprinkle with the corn flake-bacon topping before serving. Sprinkle with parsley for garnish.