Today’s recipe is a fairly simple one, but we all need some simplicity in our lives from time to time. Mashed potatoes are a great comfort food, but these are grown up mashed potatoes, with two of my favorite ingredients – blue cheese and bacon. Remember, everything is better with bacon my friends.
If you haven’t been able to make perfect mashed potatoes before, this recipe will get you there, and once you are there, why not jack up the flavor. While you could substitute milk for the half and half in this recipe, why would you want to? You wouldn’t be getting rid of that many calories anyway, and you’d be sacrificing some of the unctuous creaminess of your mashed potatoes. Trust me, stick with the half and half for truly sublime mashed potatoes.
Here’s all you’ll need (minus the bacon – but please don’t forget the bacon!)
See how simple? Here’s the actual recipe if you don’t believe how simple and easy it is to make perfect mashed potatoes. You might not think mashed potatoes are very exciting (they aren’t really), but your taste buds will dance with joy when the creamy poe’s and bite of the blue cheese mingle with smoky bacon on your palate.
- ¼ pound bacon
- 4 Russet potatoes
- ¼ cup half and half
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2-3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons scallions, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add chopped bacon to a hot skillet and fry until crispy. Remove to plate with paper towels to drain bacon. Reserve.
- In the meantime, fill large pot or saucepan with cold water and add salt.
- Peel potatoes and chop into pieces that are roughly 1 inch square. Add to water.
- Turn heat to high and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook potatoes for 10-12 minutes. They should be fork tender. Do not overcook as this will lead to gummy mashed potatoes.
- Drain potatoes and place back in same pot.
- Add butter and about half of the half and half. Mash by hand with with potato masher. Add more half and half as necessary to make creamy potatoes.
- Add blue cheese and scallions and combine well. Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.
- Sprinkle bacon on top of potatoes to serve.
I know the cook time is 20 minutes, but basically that’s just waiting for the potatoes to cook, and you can be doing something else in the meantime. And once the potatoes are done it takes no more than a couple minutes to combine everything and mash those poe’s to a creamy deliciousness. No go forth and make mashed potatoes that are perfect and then make them even better with blue cheese and bacon.