Burning Love Mashed Potatoes

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Burning Love Mashed Potatoes is an old Danish dish that uses simple ingredients: potatoes, milk, bacon, and onions, and transforms them into something amazing. These loaded mashed potatoes are a perfect main dish or decadent side.

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This recipe is thanks to Kathy from Denmark. If she hadn’t told us about Burning Love, aka Brændende Kærlighed in Danish, I’m not sure that we would have this awesomeness. Seriously.

And no, I don’t speak Danish, I googled it. 😉

During January’s Pantry Challenge, Kathy shared that she had made this dish of mashed potatoes with bacon and onions that she prepared for her family. It sounded soooo good I knew I had to try it. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t google it before making it, but I’m thrilled that my version of Burning Love Mashed Potatoes looks a lot like what’s on the internets.

Only I added mushrooms.

Is that allowed? Can one add mushrooms to Burning Love? Yes, yes, I think so. You know why?!

Because it’s absolutely amazing! And of course they add a little fiber and umami, right?

Loaded Mashed Potatoes (1)

I am so smitten this dish, I can’t even tell you. If I weren’t trying to lose 13 pounds, I’d be making this every. single. night!

I serve this simply with a side of green beans, but my 18yo son says it’s crying for a steak. Yeah, it is. It would make a steak amazing — it’s already amazing on its own. I use uncured bacon which I think has the best flavor and I think you could go either way on the whole or the half onion. The onions and mushrooms absorb all that bacony goodness. I’m pretty sure onion haters wouldn’t even know.

Obviously, Burning Love Mashed Potatoes is a pretty casual dish. Make it however you like: your favorite mashed potatoes topped with cooked bacon and onions. And mushrooms, if that’s your thing. It is mine. Yum-O!

If you’re on the Whole 30 or eating dairy-free, make my Rebel with a Cause Smashed Potatoes instead of the cheesey potatoes here. And then be delighted!

Thank you, Kathy, for changing my life for the better!

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  1. Micha says

    Oh my yum. Nearly all of my favorite foods in one dish. I’ve made something similar before but I didn’t add the cheese.

  2. Sandi says

    I actually DID google it when she posted about it and thought it sounded fabulous. I do saute onions and mushrooms in bacon grease on a reasonably regular basis, but don’t usually have the bacon in there as well and don’t recall ever plopping it on a bed of potatoes. At least not on some time other than a “these are leftover so let’s use this up” meal. I have a note to make it when I get around to thawing out the frozen mashed taters and one of the packages of bacon. They are in the back of the freezer, in the section I still haven’t gotten to… yes, my pantry challenge continues!

    • Sandi says

      So as I was sauteing a pan of mushrooms, onions, and sweet bell peppers last night to use as a side dish for some leftover pot roast, it dawned on me that I don’t generally put it on the mashed potatoes as per this recipe, but I do put it on pierogies or sometimes on those extra large cheese-stuffed ravioli from Costco. I use that blend instead of a sauce. If I’m not just leaving it vegetarian, I usually use sliced kielbasa.

  3. They do look ah-mazing… and I don’t even like onions 😉

  4. Kathy says

    I haven’t checked in for a while, and now that I do, you are posting about Burning Love LOL.

    I’m so glad that you liked this dish! It is one of my favourite dishes, so delicious and comfy.

    Mushrooms and bacon are best friends, so I definitely think they’re alowed 😉

    Kathy In Denmark

    • See what an impact you’ve had on us?! It’s so good. Oh my! Going on my birthday menu from now on!

  5. Pat says

    Oh my!! That dish looks amazing. I wonder what it would taste like with gravy? We are having pot roast on Sunday and these potatoes will make their debut.

    • Like gilding the lily! It’s soo good without gravy. If you’ve got good gravy, it’ll be amazing. Hope you liked it!

  6. Vickie says

    My husband got this all the time while working in Greenland thanks for sharing making it for him tomorrow!

  7. Carol says

    This was delicious ( and decadent in the nicest possible way)!!

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