Out here in the Southwest we don't really allow boring at our tables. Festive dinners should be a party and not a death wake! So here is something you can do to get grandma giggling, keep grandpa from blowing his nose and mom and dad from bickering -- make a party out of the mashed potatoes! Take the most boring dish of all-time and give it some life!
This is so simple, it's not even funny. Let's face it, even a moron can make mashed potatoes. What you're going to do is add a few simple and fresh ingredients and put some pop into the potatoes. This recipe is for two but you can simply amend the recipe for how ever many freeloaders are at your place for a free dinner.
Ingredient for Parmesan Bacon Mashed Potatoes (serves 2):
- 2 large potatoes
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/4 cup minced cooked bacon
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup cream
- 2 Tbs. butter
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
- Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly (they'll cook faster this way)
- Take each garlic cloves and smash them with a knife. Just smash them, don't chop them.
- Place the potatoes and garlic into the water and cook until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain the potatoes and garlic and dump the water.
- Place the potatoes and garlic back into the pot and using a potato masher, mash them.
- Add all the other ingredients and stir to combine.
- Put a lid on the mashed potatoes and let sit for five minutes.
- Spoon the mashed potatoes into a serving bowl and enjoy!
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