Easter brought about another feast of food, as per usual. Any holiday that I can make a fancy meal for, I like to. Especially for company, but for myself if nothing else! Anyhoo. As with any bird-based meal that I prepare, I’ve got to make some stuffing. Fantastic stuff, this recipe.

I’ll be posting that in the near future, but I wanted to get working on some of the backlog of posts I’ve been meaning to do lately. With summer coming up soon, I’m slowly getting more & more of my evening time back, with the largest chunk coming back once I’m commuting via bicycle again! So without further ado, click on through for the deliciously smooth bacony-laced (although not bacon-laden…which is equally doable, clearly) mashed potatoes.

Bacon(y) Mashed Potatoes

You can sub out as much of the bacon fat for butter as you like, or if you’re really indulgent, throw a couple tablespoons of butter in to further smooth these potatoes out. They were pretty amazing on their own just as I detail below, however!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 1 cup milk, whole, warmed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, wash (skin if desired) & quarter the potatoes. Measure out milk to allow it to come to room temperature (leave near the pot burner if you want to speed things up).
2. Boil potatoes for 15 minutes, and then drain off water.
3. Add potatoes to the stand mixer bowl while still hot with the beater attachment (or suitable beater-proof bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer), add the bacon fat to the potatoes, and allow the fat to soften/melt. Start the stand mixer on low (or hand mash with the beaters without power) to speed up melting/mixing of the bacon fat.
4. Bring the stand mixer up to 2 or 3 (or low on the electric hand beater) and slowly add the warmed milk to the potatoes & continue until incorporated. Stop the mixer as necessary to scrape down the sides to get the potatoes to the desired smoothness. Add salt & pepper to taste and mix for another 30-60 seconds. Transfer to a serving bowl & enjoy!

(Serves 12)

Bacon Mashed Potatoes

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