These Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Salt have just the right amount of salt to bacon ratio! Creamy, smooth mashed potatoes with no butter needed!
What Is Bacon Salt?
Mashed potatoes are my number one favorite side dish. I can even eat them all alone just as a meal. But today we’re talking a whole new level of mashed potatoes with these Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Salt.
Bacon salt is just what it sounds like – salt flavored with bacon. So you could put it on anything that you’d normally add salt to …that would also taste good with bacon.
Add it into your scrambled eggs. Rub some on a piece of chicken or steak and then throw it on the grill. Sprinkle some onto some otherwise boring steamed vegetables like broccoli or asparagus?
I could go on, but you get the idea.
What I do know is that bacon salt is the best way ever to season up mashed potatoes. Making the bacon salt is easy, just add cooked bacon to a food processor and grind into small pieces. Then mix the bacon together with kosher salt and you have bacon salt.
How To Make The Best Mashed Potatoes?
We have actually perfected mashed potatoes with lots and lots of trying and a couple of tricks!
One trick to making the best mashed potatoes actually isn’t a trick but a tool. It’s called a potato ricer and if you don’t have one, you definitely need to get one! Instead of mashing the potatoes with a potato masher you pass the cooked potatoes through a ricer, which has small holes that the potatoes go through.
Then you just need to add your seasonings and stir. The riced potatoes are so smooth and fluffy that there’s no mashing, really involved which can create gluten and make your mashed potatoes gummy.
So for this simple Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Salt recipe, you can follow that method for our perfectly smooth mashed potatoes and just add the bacon salt! Of course, you can add butter if you want to, following those instructions. But try them without adding butter and stir in this bacon salt instead!
Looking For More Potato Recipes?
- Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Classic Potato Salad
- Old Fashioned Mashed Potato Cakes
- Cheesy Crock Pot Potatoes
- Scalloped Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Salt
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6 Servings 1x
Bacon salt is the new condiment you need in your kitchen! These mashed potatoes are so crazy delicious, even without butter!
- 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3/4 cup milk or heavy cream
- Fresh ground black pepper
For The Bacon Salt:
- 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- Pulse the bacon in a food processor until fine, like a bread crumb consistency.
- Place the cooked, crumbled bacon onto paper towels, cover with another paper towel and press down until all the grease is gone.
- Add the bacon to a small bowl with the kosher salt and mix together well until all of the bacon is worked into the salt.
- Add the diced potatoes to a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
- Drain the potatoes and add to a large bowl. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or pass through a potato ricer. Stir in the cream, 2 tablespoons of the bacon salt and fresh black pepper.
- Test for seasonings, adding more black pepper or butter if you like and/or more bacon salt.
- Serving Size: 6
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: mashed potatoes, mashed potato recipe, potato recipe, bacon recipes, side dish recipes
I never would have thought to make a bacon salt before! I definitely think I have been missing out on something seriously delicious.. great recipe and idea!
Thanks Thalia – I can’t take all the credit for this one, but I loved the flavor so much I had to make it for the site! It’s a must try.