© Leela Cyd
Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR
Serves : 12

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

How to Make It

Step 1    

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.

Step 2    

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.

Step 3    

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.

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