I have been wanting a Dutch oven for ages. I usually acquire my fun kitchen gadgets during the holiday season so that I can capitalize on the great sales. I purchased my Dutch oven during one of the After-Thanksgiving sales. Perfect timing! My Dutch oven arrived right in time to create a dish for Christmas dinner. Mashed potatoes are typically one of my contributions to holiday dinner. For Thanksgiving, I made Holiday Crack Mashed Potatoes. I decided to switch it up a bit with different ingredients. I was also hoping I could save some time using the Dutch oven instead of a conventional since I had a few other holiday dishes to prepare.
I typically use red potatoes, but I used Russet for this recipe. Yukon gold is another great option. I usually spend a lot of time peeling the potatoes, and then more time waiting for them to boil in water on the stove on high heat. Here, I washed the potatoes thoroughly with Trader Joe’s Veggie Wash. I filled the Dutch oven with salted water and added the unpeeled potatoes. After allowing the potatoes a few minutes to boil, I placed the lid on the oven and adjusted the temperature to low. The potatoes were soft in 15 minutes! I started to mash them immediately since I planned to keep the skin within the mixture. The mashed potatoes were fabulous! I will definitely use this method again.
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Dutch Oven Skin-On Mashed Potatoes with Bacon
- 1 bag of russet potatoes
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
- 2-3 green onions sliced
- 4 garlic cloves chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- salt and pepper to taste
Fill the Dutch oven with water and add salt (about a teaspoon). Add the potatoes.
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft (test with a fork).
Drain the water and remove the potatoes.
Add the milk to the oven and heat on the stove over low heat.
Add the potatoes and mash with the skins on.
Add the butter, garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, and whipping cream.
Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle in the cooked bacon and green onions. Mix.