Bacon Mashed Potatoes at Reluctant Entertainer
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Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 8


  • 3 lb. russet potatoes peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt plus more, to taste
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter cut into 3 pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. minced fresh chives + enough for sprinkling on top
  • 8 oz. bacon cut into 1/4-inch pieces and cooked until crispy
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Put the potatoes in a large pot. Add the 1 Tbsp. salt and enough water to cover the potatoes by 3 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well in a colander.
  • Set the pot over low heat, add the half-and-half, sour cream, and butter and whisk until the butter melts. Using a mixer, ¬†mix the potatoes on low, folding with a silicone spatula, slowly adding the liquid, until the mixture is smooth and creamy (or chunky if you prefer).
  • Stir in the chives and bacon, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to a warmed serving bowl and serve immediately. Serves 8.