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Mashed Potatoes with Bacon

Serves 8

I created this recipe for mashed potatoes with bacon for a visitor to the website who was hoping to find a similar recipe from an old hotel in Pennsylvania that had closed down. It is very good and definitely characteristic of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. He was very pleased and I hope you will be, too. The recipe can be made in any amount.


Cook potatoes in lightly salted boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain; return to pot and keep hot.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet. Add the onions and celery and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining butter to the potatoes and mash until the lumps are gone. Stir in the onions and celery. Add milk gradually, whipping well until desired consistency. Add bacon pieces and parsley; stir well. Taste for seasoning; add salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or keep warm, partially covered, over very low heat for up to 30 minutes, adding additional warm milk if needed before serving.