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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!