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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Whoever thought to cook a potato, mash it up and add stuff should get a medal or something. My mom gave me some chive and onion cream cheese the other day...sent me out the door with instructions to "put it in some potatoes or whatever". So...I did. Of course I had to add all the other goodies, too. This "recipe" isn't anything special, I know that. It's mainly about the cream cheese. If you've never put Chive and Onion Cream Cheese in your mashed taters, you should consider it. What a delight!! Really snazzes them up!!

Mashed Taters With Lots of Stuff

6 - 8 Yukon Gold potatoes - washed and unpeeled
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup half & half
1/2 pound bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 8-ounce container Chive and Onion Cream Cheese - use half
Salt and Pepper

Boil the potatoes until soft.

Dice the bacon and cook until crispy. Drain on paper towels.

Drain potatoes and give them a rough mash with a fork or a potato masher.

Add the cooked bacon, half & half, cream cheese, butter and salt and pepper. Stir until combined.

Add cheese and toss it around a little bit.

This is what you need....

...but this is REALLY what you need. 
Made these potatoes fab!!! 
I'm sure Philadelphia makes this same flavor...
but this is a local store brand.

Dice the bacon then fry it up.

Throw the cooked bacon into the pot with the cooled potatoes and everything else...except the cheese. Stir it up...  
..THEN add the cheese and give it a quick toss.