Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Smashed Potatoes


Crispy smashed potatoes topped with gooey brie, cranberry sauce and crispy bacon!

These are so perfect for the holiday season, but realistically there’s no time of year I wouldn’t demolish entire tray! And yes, I’m speaking from experience 😅 Follow me…

brie bacon cranberry smashed potatoes on baking tray fresh out the oven

Smashed Potatoes

Smashing potatoes isn’t just therapeutic, it actually makes them ultra crispy. And who doesn’t love a crispy potatoes?!

What kind of potatoes to use?

I recommend using baby potatoes. Some recipes use slightly larger varieties, but I find the smaller the potato the crispier they end.

Boiling/Steaming the potatoes

The best way to prepare the potatoes so they’re ready to be smashed is to boil them. Once they’re fork tender, I recommend then letting them steam dry for 5 or so minutes. This will help some of the moisture escape the potatoes and help them crisp up in the oven. From there you can coat them in oil and seasoning, then smash until flat!

How do I smash the potatoes?

You’ll want to gently press down on the potatoes until they’re flat. You’ll want to smash them fairly thin, but not so much that they break apart. I typically use a measuring cup with a flat surface to do this.

Process shots: boil potatoes (photo 1), drain (photo 2), coat in oil and seasoning (photo 3), smash (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make smashed potatoes

Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Potatoes

Once they’re smashed, we’re going to bake them in the oven until crisp. From there, it’s time to get topping! If you’ve tried my Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese, you’ll know how heavenly this combination is.

You’ll want to top the smashed potatoes with brie and pop back in the oven until it just begins to melt. Don’t over-bake at this point otherwise the brie will spill out all over the pan. From there, chuck on the cranberry sauce, bacon and chives!

Process shots: brush smashed potatoes with oil (photo 1), bake (photo 2), bake again with brie (photo 3), top with cranberry sauce, bacon and chives (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make brie bacon cranberry potatoes

Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Potatoes FAQ

What else could I use to smash the potatoes?

If I haven’t got a large-based mug or measuring cup on hand, I typically just use a fork or spatula, but honestly, any sort of flat utensil will do the trick!

How thin should I smash the potatoes?

The thinner you smash them, the crispier they’ll be. I typically smash as thin as I can get them without them falling apart, but you could keep them a little thicker if you’d prefer.

Can I use a different cheese?

If you’re looking for something similar to brie you could sub camembert.

close up shot of brie cranberry bacon potato fresh out the oven on baking tray

Serving Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Smashed Potatoes

I typically use a plastic flat spatula/flipper to carefully get them off the tray before serving. They’ll also crisp up a little more as they rest.

These make THE perfect Finger Food but also make a great Side for a Roast Dinner!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these brie bacon cranberry potatoes shall we?!

close up overhead shot of hand holding cranberry bacon brie smashed potato

How to make Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Smashed Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

brie bacon cranberry smashed potatoes on baking tray fresh out the oven


Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Smashed Potatoes

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Crispy smashed potatoes topped with gooey brie, cranberry sauce and crispy bacon!
Course Appetizer, Finger Food, Party Food
Cuisine Western
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Steaming time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 481kcal


  • Pot & Colander (for boiling potatoes)
  • Large Bowl (for seasoning/oil)
  • Large Mug or Measuring Cup
  • 1-2 Large Baking Trays (for baking smashed potatoes)
  • Tray or Pan (for cooking bacon)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Brush


  • 5 slices of Streaky Bacon, cooked & diced (see notes)
  • 20 Baby Potatoes (approx 600-700g/1.3-1.5lb)
  • 2 tsp + 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Garlic Powder, Black Pepper
  • 150g / 5oz Brie, diced
  • 100g / 3.5oz Cranberry Sauce
  • finely diced Fresh Chives, to garnish


  • Add the potatoes to a large pot with enough cold water to comfortably them. Stir in 2 tsp salt then bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook until fork tender, around 20-25mins depending on the size of the potatoes.
  • Drain the potatoes and let them sit in the colander for 5 minutes to allow some steam to escape. Preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
  • Tip the potatoes into a large bowl and toss in 2 tbsp oil, 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp garlic powder and black pepper. Spread the potatoes out on a 1-2 large greaseproof baking trays, then use a large mug or measuring cup to press down on each potato. The thinner you smash them, the crispier they'll be. Just be careful they don't break apart. They need to stay intact. Leave to sit for another 5 minutes to allow some more steam to escape.
  • Use a brush to collect the leftover oil in the bowl and liberally brush over the smashed potatoes (add a drizzle more oil to the bowl if there's not much left). Bake the potatoes until deep golden, visibly crispy and just starting to char around the edges, approx 30-35mins.
  • Remove the tray and top the potatoes with brie, then pop back in the oven for 2 minutes, or until it JUST starts to melt. Top with cranberry sauce, bacon and chives, then serve up and enjoy. I find it easiest to remove them with a plastic spatula/flipper. They'll crisp up slightly more as they cool.



a) Bacon – I typically bake this until crisp at the same time as the potatoes. You can pan-fry if you’d prefer.

b) Cheese – Don’t completely melt the brie, otherwise it’ll spill out into the pan. Only bake until it just starts to soften/melt. You can sub camembert.

c) Potatoes – Try and ensure all of the potatoes are similar in size, so they cook at a similar rate. Smaller potatoes will boil and roast faster than larger ones. 

d) Thickness – I try and get them as thin as I can without them falling apart. You can keep them slightly thicker, which will leave them slightly more fluffy in the centre if you’d prefer.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.7g | Protein: 15.22g | Fat: 30.08g | Saturated Fat: 7.507g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.107g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.938g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 915mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 11.19g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 32.5mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1.7mg

For another delicious recipe using this combo check out my Brie, Bacon and Cranberry Grilled Cheese!

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