Whether its with Sunday roast, sausages or steak & Guinness pie, sometimes plain old mash just doesn’t cut it. So here’s my idea of pimping up your potatoes.
What you need (for 2 people)
6-8 potatoes, peeled and halved. 4 rashers of back bacon cut into small pieces, 1 large red onion, chopped. A good handful of grated mature cheddar cheese (or more if you like your cheese). Abernethy smoked butter – picked this up at Moira food fair on Saturday but you can get it in specialist delis and supermarkets including Sawers & Avoca in Belfast and Greens in Lisburn.
How to make
- Boil the spuds in salted water until soft.
- Whilst you do this fry the bacon and the red onion using a little spray oil in a large pot until the onions soften and the bacon cooked through or crispy if you prefer.
- Drain the potatoes and leave to one side.
- Add a large knob of the smoked butter and stir into the bacon & onion until melted completely.
- immediately add the potatoes & grated cheese.
- season with whatever you wish, I used a salt, chilli and garlic grinder and also add just a splash of milk.
- Mash the mixture thoroughly making sure the bacon, onion and cheese are mixed well through thr potato.
The onion, bacon and cheese gives the mash load of extra flavour and the butter adds a nice smokey finish.
Serve this with whatever takes your fancy! We had it with baked salmon, veg and breaded button mushrooms.
Of course there’s plenty more you could add, for example some chilli or mustard to add a bit of heat, so if you give this a go and opt for something different, let me know how it goes.
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