Nov 12
2012

Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Bacon & Caramelized Onions

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Mashed Potatoes with Bacon & Caramelized Onions by Cookin' Canuck

This addictive Thanksgiving side dish is filled with creamy (but low-fat) mashed potatoes, salty and crispy bacon and sweet caramelized onions.

I’m a traditionalist, from the top of my head to the tip of my toes. That means that I typically don’t want anyone to mess with my holiday side dishes. Just give me a pile of creamy mashed potatoes, topped with a pool of gravy to accompany the roast turkey. As I cooked the bacon and caramelized the onions for this recipe, I cringed at the thought of marring the sea of perfectly white, silky potatoes. But on I went, crumbling and caramelizing, stirring…and tasting.

And they were spectacular!

Since my health and weight loss journey, bacon has taken a back seat in my recipes. However, eating is all about moderation, and I’ve found that I just need a bit of bacon to add a jolt of flavor and texture. I’ve also discovered that if I cook 10 slices, I will eat 10 slices. Know thyself!

Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Bacon & Caramelized Onions by Cookin' Canuck

The added fat from the bacon is balanced by my low-fat version of mashed potatoes. By using a food mill, potato ricer or hand-mixer, you can make creamy potatoes with a modicum of butter, and a lower fat milk. Without a doubt, these potatoes earned a spot in our regular and holiday menu.

On a different note, winter made its appearance this weekend, and it didn’t just knock lightly at our door. We were slammed with a winter storm that deposited two feet of snow on our lawn. We bundled ourselves in snow pants, gloves, hat and boots, and headed out to romp in the powdery white stuff that blanketed the neighborhood.

Here are a few photos from our snow day (then onto the recipe!):

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The recipe:

The bacon & onions:
Place the bacon in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook the bacon until it is golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Crumble and set aside.

Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Bacon & Caramelized Onions by Cookin' Canuck

Discard all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon fat. Add the olive to the bacon fat and set the skillet over medium heat.

Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown. Add the fresh sage and cook for 1 more minute.

The potatoes:
Place cubed potatoes in a large saucepan and cover potatoes with cold water. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt and set saucepan over high heat.

Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes, return to saucepan and set over medium heat, stirring the potatoes until dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep potatoes warm.

Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Bacon & Caramelized Onions by Cookin' Canuck

In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine milk, butter, remaining salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir occasionally until butter is melted. Reduce heat to low.

Rest a food mill, fitted with the medium disc, on top of the saucepan with the milk mixture.
Working with about one-third of the potatoes at a time, run the potatoes through the food mill, directly into the saucepan. Alternatively, use a potato ricer or hand-held mixer. If you use a mixer, mix the potatoes in a separate bowl and then add to the warm milk to avoid splattering the milk and burning yourself.

Using a rubber spatula (a heatproof one, please) stir the potatoes into the milk mixture until completely combined.

Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Bacon & Caramelized Onions

Stir the caramelized onions and bacon into the mashed potatoes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve.

Other side dishes for Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Recipe Collage by Cookin' Canuck
Cookin’ Canuck’s Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter & Roasted Shallots
Cookin’ Canuck’s Boozy Cranberry Sauce with Port Wine & Cloves
Cookin’ Canuck’s Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Pecan Streusel
Aggie’s Kitchen’s Italian Thanksgiving Stuffing
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan & Pine Nuts
Family Fresh Cooking’s Brown Butter Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Bacon & Caramelized Onions (Low-Fat)
 
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh sage
  • 2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt, divided
  • ⅔ cup non-fat or low-fat (1%) milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
The bacon & onions:
  1. Place the bacon in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook the bacon until it is golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Crumble and set aside.
  2. Discard all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon fat. Add the olive to the bacon fat and set the skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown. Add the fresh sage and cook for 1 more minute.
The potatoes:
  1. Place cubed potatoes in a large saucepan and cover potatoes with cold water. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt and set saucepan over high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes, return to saucepan and set over medium heat, stirring the potatoes until dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep potatoes warm.
  4. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine milk, butter, remaining salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir occasionally until butter is melted.
  5. Reduce heat to low.
  6. Rest a food mill, fitted with the medium disc, on top of the saucepan with the milk mixture.
  7. Working with about one-third of the potatoes at a time, run the potatoes through the food mill, directly into the saucepan. Alternatively, use a potato ricer.
  8. Using a rubber spatula (a heatproof one, please) stir the potatoes into the milk mixture until completely combined.
  9. Stir the caramelized onions and bacon into the mashed potatoes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve.

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1 shelly (cookies and cups) November 12, 2012 at 6:40 am

This is seriously happening for Thanksgiving this year. Pinning!

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2 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes November 12, 2012 at 7:12 am

The perfect way to change up mashed potatoes.

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3 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

Whhhyyyy does my husband have to hate onions so much?! I just don’t understand how it’s possible. I could eat caramelized onions by themselves! Good thing Thanksgiving is coming up and he’s not the only one I cook for =) These will be delicious!

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4 Laurie {Simply Scratch} November 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

You totally had me at bacon… these spuds sound FANTASTIC!!

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5 Lori @ RecipeGirl November 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

I’m sad that bacon has taken a backseat for you :( But I guess it’s all worth it in the end, right?! I love everything about this recipe. YUM.

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6 Cookbook Queen November 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

Those potatoes are what dreams are made of!!

Or MY dreams, at least. Now if I can only make them happen in real life…I will be complete.

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7 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

I really love using bacon – it doesn’t take much and makes a HUGE impact! Btw so jealous of your snow!!!

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8 Brooks│Cakewalker November 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

Dara, You are so right…food is about moderation and when you make small adjustments, the cutbacks are hardly noticeable. But that doesn’t stop me from staring at the glorious bowl of potatoes. I share your notion about the pile of creamy potatoes under a pool of gravy, however this recipe may change that. Fabulous snowy photos too…the Wasatch Front and your Lab wear the powder well!

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9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

I can never say no to caramelized onions – the perfect addition to mashed potatoes!

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10 Paula - bell'alimento November 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

I have a weakness for mashed potatoes. Especially when they’re swirled with caramelized onions and bacon : )

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11 Cassie | Bake Your Day November 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Look at all that snow! Amazing. We had tons of rain this weekend but no snow yet…I’m a little bit ready for it. :) I am definitely ready for mashed potatoes, especially with caramelized onions. Amazing, Dara!

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12 carrian November 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Bacon truly does make the world go round in my book. Way to make a healthier mashed potatoes. I must link up to it!

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13 KalynsKitchen November 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I am really drooling at the sound of this. Thanksgiving is one of the times when I do eat potatoes, and I’m imagining how good these would be.

Cute photos of the kids in the snow too! Wish you lived next door so I could hire them to shovel.

Thanks for the mention of my brussels sprouts!

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14 Holly Borstad November 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Love the recipe AND the snow photos mixed in the post!

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15 Jen @ Savory Simple November 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I’m the same way with bacon and a little bit really goes a long way! These mashed potatoes are full of everything I love.

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16 Maria November 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I am sure these mashed potatoes will be a hit at every Thanksgiving table!

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17 kelley November 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

You can’t go wrong with bacon and caramelized onions! These look fantastic, Dara. Glad that you were able to get out and enjoy the new snow this past weekend!

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18 sara November 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh my gosh this looks good! I won’t be in charge of any food this Thanksgiving because I’m flying in to see relatives and arriving the morning of, but I think I’ll have to have this for another meal anyway…looks amazing!

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19 Annalise November 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

The ultimate mashed potatoes for sure! Can’t wait to try them. Love your snowy pictures!

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20 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen November 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I was kind of sad when the weather cooled down, but your pictures get me excited for winter to come! Now I remember that I do like snow. I just don’t like driving in it…

I am mostly traditional at Thanksgiving, but if somebody wants to throw some bacon in my mashed potatoes, I sure wouldn’t mind! These look incredible.

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21 addie | culicurious November 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

these potatoes look delicious, Dara. I’ll have to make it soon. I love bacon, potatoes and caramelized onions. Win all around :)

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22 Kari@Loaves n Dishes November 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I’m sorry, but snow makes me cringe, that’s why I live where it never snows! I am glad for your family, however, that y’all are enjoying the snow.
Loving the mash potatoes, they are the perfect compliment to turkey dinner!

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23 Charnell November 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I think this will be my new way of making mashed potatoes. I fixed this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! I didnt add the fresh sage but I think it was just as good. I did add some shredded cheese. Thanks for the recipe.

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24 carolinaheartstrings November 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Dara this looks delicious! Cannot wait to try this recipe. Come and visit us, we are having a great giveaway this week from Pick Your Plum – $75 swank bag.

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25 Vespa Woolf November 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

One shouldn’t browse food blogs while hungry and now I’m starving! Your photos are gorgeous and I can’t wait to try these potatoes. Thanks so much!

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26 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

Sigh. You would need to physically restrain me from eating this whole bowl.

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27 joan November 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

Yum! The sides are always my favorite on Thanksgiving.
Pretty photos of the snow. :)

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28 MikeVFMK November 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

love this, Dara! I’m a huge mashed potato fan and the addition of caramelized onions only makes a classic better. Plus, bacon? Shoot. I’m sold.

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29 Christian Rene Friborg November 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Mashed potatoes with bacon? What more can you ask for!

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30 Julie November 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Love your recipes! I am a Zip List user and that is how I discovered your site.

Two of my favorite sites are LaaLoosh.com and Skinnytaste.com and also Skinnyms.com. These sites cater to healthy low fat foods. They also list the weight watcher points for their recipes, so I single them out when saving recipes to my Recipe Box. Then everything I use, I can quick reference the points and have been successful at dieting.

I would love it if you could add this kind of information to your recipes!
Thanks, Julie

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31 Sheila November 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Holey Moley! This is my kinda mashed tater! So delicious.

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32 Maria December 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

What a great recipe! And perfect for dinner on a snowy day!
I have featured your recipe in one of my posts at
http://www.musicteachingandparenting.com/2013/12/ten-delicious-mashed-potato-recipes.html

Maria

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