Everyday Mom's Meals: A Growing Boy

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Growing Boy

When Alex was a little guy, he HATED white potatoes. I couldn't wait until the day he was on solid foods so I could introduce him to the wonder that is mashed potatoes; but the child would have none of it! Then at about the age of 3 he discovered potatoes were awesome (his words). He LOVES them: baked, mashed, roasted, sweet, white, scalloped- he doesn't care as long as it's a potato. And we can always tell when he is going through a growth spurt, which seems like constantly, because he craves potatoes, hence why a lot of my side dish recipes are potato based! This is one he and I watched Rachael Ray make on her 60 minute Thanksgiving special last year. He loves to watch Food Network with me and when he saw her do this recipe he jumped out of the chair and said "Mommy, you have to make those". So, this is an adaptation of her recipe with some of our favorites added.

Loaded Smashed Red Potatoes

3 lbs. small red potatoes (or large ones cut into small chunks)
2 TBS butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk (more if want creamier)
Salt and pepper
4 scallions, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon diced, fried and drained

In a large pot, cover potatoes in cool water and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender. Drain well and return to hot pot. With potato masher, mash potatoes to desired consistency (I like a few chunks left). Add butter, sour cream, milk and salt and pepper. Mix well. Add scallions, cheese and bacon. Check for s/p flavor and add more if needed.

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Meg's Everyday Indulgence said...

These sound amazing! My little guy loves potatoes too!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

another great tater salad recipe... love all the bacon in your recipes have a feeling I have your husbands pallet

Krista said...

Yes, we do love our bacon. I hope you aren't confused though. This isn't a salad. These are served warm, like mashed potatoes :) Wouldn't want you to be disappointed if you make them!

Michael Ann said...

Yummo, as Rachel Ray would say! I will have to try this for sure. I am following you now from Mandy's Recipe Box (Tuesday blog hop).

Cindy said...

This would be a hit at our house too. Love the addition of bacon.
Sometimes I cook the potatoes in chicken broth for even more flavor. Have a great day.



Miz Helen said...

I just love potatoes with all those goodies added in. It looks yummy!
Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come back soon!
Miz Helen