Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Bacon
Cheesy mashed potatoes with bacon are a fast and easy side dish recipe the whole family will love. Only five ingredients and lightened up with Greek yogurt. Make these homestyle mashed potatoes on a busy weeknight or for a holiday meal. Either way, everyone will want seconds of Easy Homestyle Cheddar Bacon Mashed Potatoes.
My sister is my closest sibling in age, and I was nearly ten years old when she was born. By then, I was basically old enough to help take care of her, so while I adore her, she was never my playmate. Because of this, I’ve never really understood sibling dynamic. So watching interactions between my boys is totally fascinating to me since I’ve never experienced it myself. Literally just watching them be brothers. I know this probably makes no sense at all to anyone who grew up with siblings.
Since the boys head off to their different schools in the morning, on a daily basis they only have a little bit of time together. And in the past several weeks, we have spent a lot of time going to baseball practices and games, Cub Scouts, and other family outings, plus visits from my mom. This has left them little time to just be together. So on Monday, when the big guy had no school, I kept the little one home from preschool knowing they were both a little tired after getting home late from our weekend trip to grandma’s.
As I see their relationship develop, I realize how important it is to have those days where they just spend time together as brothers. Sure, activities and outings are fun and important, but sometimes they just need a day to play together and get bored together and figure out how to get un-bored together and fight together and work it out together and learn new things from each other and take care of each other.
And while I do play and referee and help as needed, sometimes the best thing to do is just sit back and watch.
However, one thing I’m not going to just watch is this, because I’d prefer to dive right in…
Cheddar Bacon Mashed Potatoes
If I loved these bacon-y, cheesy mashed potatoes, then I know you will. As I’ve told you when I shared my Parmesan Balsamic Caramelized Onion Smashed Potatoes recipe, I’m not a mashed potatoes kinda gal. That is, unless they have all kinds of goodness going on. In this recipe, that means a blend of creamy with some texture and with cheesy, salty, smoky goodness.
Cheddar Bacon Mashed Potatoes Recipe Tips
- The texture I love is actually a happy side benefit of what makes these potatoes so easy – no need to peel the potatoes and no breaking out any special contraptions or appliances to mash them. Just use a basic potato masher.
- By choosing a white or red potato with a tender skin, you can completely bypass the most time-consuming part of making mashed potatoes – peeling them. All you need to do is wash and cut your potatoes.
- If you cut the potatoes into small cubes, they boil in way less than 20 minutes.
- Then just stir in some milk, plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheddar cheese, and just enough bacon to give it some bacon-y-ness but not smack you in the face with it.
- The Greek yogurt gives you the creaminess without having to load it up with butter and cream, and then bit of tang just kicks up the sharp cheese flavor so you don’t need to use a ton of it for plenty of cheesiness.
- From beginning to end, these potatoes take about 30 minutes, but most of that time is boiling so you can spend that time preparing the rest of your meal.
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What do you serve with Cheddar Bacon Mashed Potatoes?
Let the potatoes boil while you prepare the rest of your quick and easy weeknight meal, like Smoky Glazed Buffalo Chicken Tenders or Honey Balsamic Marinated Flat Iron Steak. Maybe you want to add something to your Sunday dinner of Slow Cooker Roast Chicken or Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast. They also make a perfect side dish to a holiday meal like a Slow Cooker BBW Rubbed Turkey Breast or Cranberry Crusted Prime Rib Roast when you are trying to juggle making a ton of other parts of the feast?
No matter what, these easy, cheesy bacon mashed potatoes need to on your menu soon!
Looking for another cheesy potatoes recipe?
If you just love love cheddar cheese and bacon, here are some more recipes to try. Warm Bacon Cheddar Dip from It’s Yummi is a cheesy appetizer you’ll love. Cheesy Bacon Chicken from Spend with Pennies is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And these Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots from Foodie with Family are totally irresistible.
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Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Recipe with Bacon
What do you love most about these cheesy bacon mashed potatoes? Is it the fact that they are filled with cheesy, bacon-y deliciousness but not loaded with tons of cream and butter, making them a lighter, but still smooth and creamy side dish? Or is it the fact that you can make them super fast side for everything from a busy weeknight dinner or a holiday meal when you are juggling the rest of the feast.
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Easy Homestyle Cheddar Bacon Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds white or red potatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese, (1 cup) - reserve about 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top, if desired
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk, any variety
- 2 slices cooked and crumbled bacon, reserve a small amount for sprinkling on top, if desired
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- Cover potatoes in a pot with cold water, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain well and return potatoes to the pot, allowing some of the excess moisture to evaporate.
- Mash potatoes with a hand potato masher, leaving just a little chunky.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the hot potatoes and cover with a lid for a couple minutes to allow the heat to start to melt the cheese.
- Add the Greek yogurt, milk, salt, and pepper, and stir in with a spatula until smooth, then stir in the bacon.
- Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl, and top with reserved cheese and bacon, if desired.