Heavenly Side Dish: Smashed Red Potatoes & Bacon
slab bacon, cooked and chopped
red potatoes, scrubbed clean
sweet butter, unsalted
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
2Gather your ingredients.
3Cook the bacon, drain, chop, and reserve.
4Scrub the red potatoes clean, add to a pot, and cover with cold water.
5Bring the water up to the boil, and simmer the potatoes until cooked, about 10 to 12 minutes.
6Chef’s Tip: A pairing knife inserted into the potatoes should enter with little resistance.
7Take the butter and buttermilk and add them to a small saucepan, over low heat.
8Allow to heat up until wisp’s of steam appear but do not allow the mixture to boil.
9Chef’s Note: Alternately, you could use the microwave.
10Drain all the water from the pan, and then return pan to the heat with the potatoes.
11Chef's Note: Shift the pan back and forth a few times, until all the residual water has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
12Remove and quarter the potatoes.
13Add the potatoes to a large bowl, along with the warm buttermilk/butter mixture and the mayonnaise.
14Partially mash with a potato masher, or fork.
15Add some salt & pepper to taste… along with a pinch of cayenne, the paprika, and the bacon.
16Fold the ingredients until combined.
17Chef’s Note: I like my “smashed” taters to have a few lumps.
19Serve as a side dish along with your favorite protein, or just put them into a bowl and tuck in. Enjoy.
20Keep the faith, and keep cooking.