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Caramelized onions and bacon add sweet and salty flavors to these creamy caramelized onion bacon mashed potatoes. 

Today, I'm sharing the ultimate comfort food side dish! But, before I talk about these caramelized onion bacon mashed potatoes, I have to give a little update on family.

Bacon Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

 

 

Lately, I've been complaining about being busy, traveling for work a bunch, and generally having too many things to cram into each day. Well, last week, my son Eli got sick and BAM, everything came screeching to a halt.

We ended up in the hospital for a 24-hour observation stay. He's okay (just very prone to croup and the bad things that come with it), but he scared the living daylights out of us. 

Everyone will LOVE these Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes. The perfect decadent holiday side dish. #recipe from www.blackberrybabe.com

Everything got cancelled. Everyone got ignored, and I just got to focus on my baby for a little bit. We stayed home for a few days afterwards to let him rest, and I got lots of snuggles in. We watched a ton of Thomas the Train episodes while sitting in a pile of blankets and his stuffed animals.

I hate that I'm saying this (I might even regret it), but it felt luxurious. We had nowhere to go and nothing to do but be together. 

Everyone will LOVE these Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes. The perfect decadent holiday side dish. #recipe from www.blackberrybabe.com

Getting to spend time with and actually focus on my boy felt like a luxury. Even though it was a result of him being so sick, I am still grateful for the chance to spend that downtime with him, with nothing else to do. Just typing that makes me sad, but it's the truth. It's the plight of working Moms everywhere, I think. 

Everyone will LOVE these Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes. The perfect decadent holiday side dish. #recipe from www.blackberrybabe.com

When we got back from the hospital, he was ready for a major nap. We laid him down, and I fled to the kitchen. Cooking is therapy for me and I needed to lose myself in something hands-on. I set out to make some comfort food for dinner.

Bacon Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

I made mustard and beer braised pork ribs and these decadent, dreamy caramelized onion bacon mashed potatoes. I would proudly serve these awesome mashed potatoes to the Queen of England, but that night, I served the ribs and these mashed potatoes to my little family and we felt a shred of normalcy again. And that was a very good thing!

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Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 5

Caramelized onions and bacon add sweet and salty flavors to these creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoon butter (for caramelized onions in pan)
  • 5 cups potatoes, peeled, diced and boiled or steamed until very soft (I used Ore Ida Steam and Mash from frozen section)
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon butter, softened (to add to potatoes)
  • ¼ lb bacon, cooked and diced
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Add onions and 3 tablespoon butter into a large skillet. Saute on low-medium heat for 20-25 minutes, until onions are caramelized. Stir occasionally.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add cooked potatoes, another 3 tablespoon butter and milk.Mash gently until there are no lumps. Do not "puree."
  3. Add bacon, caramelized onions, cheese and pepper. Gently stir until combine.
  4. Taste. Add a pinch of salt if necessary. Serve.

Notes

  • I personally think that the bacon adds enough salt for this dish, but if you need extra salt, add it in a pinch at a time.
  • To speed the process, buy Ore Ida Steam and Mash Potatoes. They cook in the microwave in about 10 minutes and mash easily without lumps.
  • If you'd like to use heavy cream, I'd recommend substituting the ⅔rd's cup of milk in equal parts cream and chicken broth.
Love this recipe? I bet you'd also love this Bourbon Walnut Pork Tenderloin and my all-time favorite way to cook brussels sprouts, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic Vinegar

Everyone will LOVE these Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes. The perfect decadent holiday side dish. #recipe from www.blackberrybabe.com

 

 

 

 

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