Bacon makes everything better, at least in my opinion. When you have a great comfort food side dish, why not combine it with everyone's favorite, bacon? Hint: Because it's so delicious! You'll be sure to love this recipe for Bacon Mashed Red Potatoes.
how to cook mess free bacon
I learned a bacon cooking hack a while ago and will never look back. There is no mess, no cleanup and it does not take a long time to cook! I make my bacon now in the oven and cook in in a foil lined pan with a metal cooling rack on top. This allows the fat to drip down from the bacon and the bacon to become crispy. The grease burns off in the oven and once the pan is cool, I fold up the aluminum foil and toss it into the trash! This is the perfect hack for this Bacon Mashed Red Potatoes recipe!
tips and tricks for perfect mashed potatoes
- Peel potatoes before cooking them
- Cut potatoes into equal sized chunks to cook fasted and evenly
- Remove any eyes or rot before cooking
- Salt the water
- Don’t overcook, potatoes should be fork tender but not mush
- Season potatoes with salt and pepper when mashing
what potato should you use for Bacon Mashed Red Potatoes
There are many different types of potatoes, but not all potatoes are created equal! For the perfect mashed potato dish, use a potato with a higher starch content such as Russets or Yukon Golds. Waxy potato varieties like red potatoes require more mashing to make them creamy, however the extra mashing can lead to a change in texture. When potatoes are overworked they become tough and have a paste like consistency.
how to make mashed potatoes creamy
To make the creamiest mashed potatoes you want to add both butter and milk to them while mashing. I add in softened butter and warmed milk so that it does not cool down the potatoes too much. You can also add cream to the mixture is desired, but be aware that cream has more fat and can change the taste and texture more than milk.
Make it a meal
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- Other Dinner Options
Bacon Mashed Red Potatoes
- 2 Pounds Red Potatoes
- ½ Pound Bacon
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- ¾ Cup Milk
- Chives Optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place bacon in an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and bake until crisp. Remove bacon from sheet and let cool on a paper towel lined plate. Crumble into chunks.
- Peel and slice potatoes, removing any brown spots while doing so.
- Place potatoes in a large pot and fill up with enough water to just cover the potatoes. Season water with salt. Bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and return them to empty pot. Add butter, milk, salt and pepper then begin to mash. Serve warm and enjoy!