The best food compliment I have ever gotten was, “Alison, that just changed my life.” Brian, if you’re reading this, I still aspire to that standard of compliments whenever I cook or bake anything.
I’ve mentioned before my family’s love for ham dinner. So, yesterday, I made them (and myself, of course) happy campers and had everyone over for ham dinner.
Please note that when you read those two magical words (ham dinner) you have to hear angel voices in the background and say those words with special emphasis. It’s that big of a deal.
With ham dinner, I make these potatoes every single time.
For this meal, my daughter brought cheese stuffed yeast rolls, I made roasted broccoli, corn, and the best caramel apples any of us have ever had in our lives. (Special thanks to pinterest for the most amazing homemade caramel recipe ever).
On to the potatoes.
Begin by putting 8 slices of bacon in a skillet to fry up to nice and crisp. When it’s done put it on paper towel to drain to wait for its shining moment.
While the bacon is frying, peel and chop a 5 lb. bag o’ potatoes into smallish pieces.
Pop ‘em in a big pot and cover them with water. I add in about a teaspoon of kosher salt to speed up the boiling and flavor the potatoes on the inside where it counts.
Bring it to a boil and then lower the temperature and let them simmer for at least 20 minutes or until very tender.
Remove from the heat, drain and drop in an 8 oz. block of cream cheese and 1/2 c. butter, letting the heat of the potatoes melt them to whippability (new word I just made up).
Now, add in 1 cup of sour cream,
I used my mixer to whip this whole thing until it’s almost lump free. A few lumps prove they are homemade, ya know.
Now for more good stuff…
Add in 2 cups of freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, (skip the bagged stuff and grate–it’s soooo soft and good, guys!)
And four of those beautiful pieces of meat candy broken into pieces.
At this point, I add almost a full teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon of kosher salt. Definitely season to your taste, though!
Put this amazingness into a lightly buttered 9×13 (or equivalent) dish and top with another half of a cup of freshly grated cheddar.
This can be refrigerated to bake later or you can go ahead and put it into a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. When it’s finished top with the four remaining chopped up bacon pieces and serve.
(If I would’ve had fresh chives in the house, I would definitely have added those to the top, but rarely does that happen and no one missed them.)
And be prepared to make it again very soon. It’s that good.
Change Your Life Potatoes Grocery List
8 slices of bacon
5 lbs. of russet potatoes
1/2 cup butter
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 1/2 c. sharp cheddar cheese
2 tsp. salt (divided)
1 tsp. pepper
Green onions (chives) optional