I love mashed potatoes! It is a southern staple at the dinner table, especially when your main course is fried! I don’t fry often but when I do, I throw some kind of potatoes with it.
So on this particular day, I actually found a recipe in The Quiet Gut cookbook that would get approval from all under my roof. Well, all who actually eat mashed potatoes. The little men have never been mashed potatoe lovers, even when mashed food was all they ate. I know, strange children!
I love it when I look through a recipe and can mentally check off every ingredient already in my cabinets. It feels like a small success in this crazy busy world of ours.
- Milk- I have never liked milk or its smell until I discovered Fairlife. It is milk without lactose and its easy on my gut (small successes once again).
- Potatoes- I used Idaho because they were in the cabinet but the recipe calls for new or baby potatoes.
- Butter- I prefer the lactose free sticks.
- Salt- Sea salt is preferable to plain table salt.
- Pepper- Freshly ground tastes much better than the ole’ McCormick pepper.
- Bacon- Any kind of bacon but stay away from breakfast flavors like maple or you might mix up a batch of breakfast mashed potatoes (yuck).
Now its time to get this show on the road! Start by peeling your potatoes. Cooking can be a family affair so teach your littles to peel as well and you can bond! Sometimes with mashed potatoes I like to live dangerously and leave the skins on, just not for a new recipe.
I’m not OCD often but when I am, its to stack my peeled mashed potatoes!
Next step, boil your taters. I boil until I remember to take them off but the typical boil, if your pieces are smaller, will take about 15ish minutes.
I love this spoon/potatoe masher extraordinaire from Pampered Chef. All in one utensils are the bomb!
By the way, I know you wondered what my bacon mashed potatoes will be paired with. Well, chicken of course but only lightly fried, non breaded chicken (because I wasn’t up for the floury mess). It was fabulous and got the thumbs up from the hubs and children.
You also need a real veggie so we had boiled squash.
I haven’t yet mastered the art of baked bacon yet so I cooked my bacon in the microwave for approximately 3 1/2 mins. I personally think Scentsy should come up with breakfast flavors and the best seller would be bacon! Just a thought Scentsy flavor developers!
After you let your potatoes drain, add the goods…butter, milk, salt and pepper. I love my new Pioneer Woman measuring spoons.
Lastly, add your mouthwatering bacon. Voila, your ready to serve.
You may notice that I did not add the scallions list in the recipe. My husband does care for onion flavors so I don’t usually keep these in the house. I think it would definitely add a flavor punch so try them. The potatoes tasted delish even without the scallions so its not a necessity.
A change that I would make, now that the seal of approval has been stamped, is to boil garlic cloves with the potatoes. I love my garlic mashed potatoes and it would add a great dimension of flavor to the bacon mashed potatoes.
Enjoy your gut friendly taters and share links to your favorite gut friendly taters in the comments.