Adding farmer cheese to creamy mashed potatoes gives them a nice tangy flavor; crunchy bits of bacon make this dish taste even better. Chef John Besh advises seeking out artisanally made bacon. Slideshows:  Holiday Mashed Potato Recipes 

John Besh
December 2007


© Leela Cyd

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately high heat until tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon in 2 batches over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Drain the bacon on paper towels and coarsely chop it.

  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Shake the pot over moderately high heat for about 20 seconds to dry the potatoes. Pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large pot. Add the butter, cream, cheese, chives and bacon and stir well. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Make Ahead

The finished potatoes can be reheated in a microwave oven at high power at 1-minute intervals; stir the potatoes occasionally.