Potato, apple and bacon mash

Potato, apple and bacon mash

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The Potato Cookbook
Serves
4-5 as a

Take everything that works so well with pork chops – potatoes, apples, garlic – and combine them in one perfect dish. Serve as a side, or as the ultimate comfort food.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
6 medium floury potatoes, peeled and cut into 3 cm pieces, about 1 kg
2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt, for the cooking water
40 gram unsalted butt€er
100 grams rindless bacon rashers, chopped into 1 cm pieces
250ml full cream milk, warmed
60 grams grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely sliced

Method

  1. Put the potatoes, apples and salt in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium–high heat and boil until very tender, about 15 minutes, testing with the point of a sharp knife. Drain the potatoes and apples, reserving 250 ml (8½ floz/1 cup) of the cooking water, and return them to the saucepan over low heat for 1 minute to ensure any excess water has evaporated.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 10 g (¼ oz) of the butter in a small frying pan over medium heat and cook the bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the milk. When steaming, add the cheese, sea salt and pepper and stir until the cheese is melted.
  4. Mash the potatoes and apples together until smooth. Add the milk mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until creamy. Scrape the bacon, any crispy bits and remaining fat in the frying pan into the potatoes and stir until combined. Taste and add more sea salt and pepper if needed.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the chives. Serve immediately.
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