Creamy Bacon-and-Green Onion Mashed Potatoes

If you are wanting to elevate your mashed potatoes this season, this might just be the recipe for you.  The addition of the bacon is what sparked my attention.  I loved the idea of sauteing it in some garlic powder and smoked paprika at the end.  It gives the bacon a nice, smokey flavor you weren’t necessarily expecting.

With all the side dishes available at the holiday table, this one will stand out and shine.  In fact this recipe kind of raises the mashed potato to the baked potato status with all fixings.

This is also going to be a welcome side dish year round with steak or chicken…it’s the dish that keeps on giving.

Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.  Add the bacon and cook until just crisp, about 10 minutes.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain the fat.  Drain off all but about 1 teaspoon of the bacon fat from the skillet.  Return the skillet to the burner over low heat.  Return the bacon to the skillet, then add the garlic powder and paprika.  Heat for one minute, then remove the pan from the heat.  Stir in the green onions and set aside.

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan.  Cover with cold water, then set over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer.  Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.  Drain and return to the pot.

When the potatoes are cooked and drained, add the cream cheese, butter and milk tot the pot.  Mash until creamy and mostly smooth.  Mix in the bacon-green onion mixture, season with salt and pepper.

You will love these!

Creamy Bacon-and-Green Onion Mashed Potatoes
From FOODday

5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
8 strips of bacon, cut into 1″ chunks
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton de la Vera)
3 green onions, thinly sliced
One 8 ounce cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Other Mashed Potato Recipes You Might Like:
Smashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Chives
Ranch Mashed Potatoes

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6 Comments

  1. Now those look delish. I’m a mashed girl-no gravy, just butter on top please, but I love bacon and green onion. These may have to grace the table when Hermit Crab comes home this week.

  2. Blog is the New black 2

    I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving!

  3. LilSis 3

    I’m in charge of the mashed potatoes for our group gathering this year so I’m so glad I saw this recipe in time to make for Thanksgiving! Love the bacon!!

  4. Barbie with a T 4

    Now this makes a very festive looking dish! I can just imagine how wonderful this will taste. I was raised on rice, but love potatoes!

  5. Sara 5

    Just celebrated & hosted my 2nd Thanksgiving here in Scotland with 11 non-American friends. As a devoted reader of your blog I saw this the other day and could not stop thinking about it. Of course I had to try it and dear lord I think my heart stopped…in a good way. Everyone loved it. Such a simple concept and so delish! Thank you :D Oh and of course Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  6. Tracy Longo 6

    Having these today. Can’t wait!