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.
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?
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!
Tools to make it EASY:
Burning Love Mashed Potatoes
- 5 lb russet potatoes peeled and quartered
- 12 oz bacon chopped
- 8 oz mushrooms sliced
- ½ to 1 onion sliced
- black pepper
- ½ cup butter cut into cubes
- 1 to 2 cup milk or cream, warmed
- 4 oz cheddar cheese (shredded) (1 cup)
- ¼ cup sour cream
- In a large pot of salted water, boil the potatoes until very tender.
- Meanwhile, place the bacon, mushrooms, and onion in a large skillet and cook stirring, until the bacon is crisp, the mushrooms are tender, and the onions are lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with black pepper.
- Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and return them to the pot. Mash the potatoes until very fine. Add the butter and continue mashing, until the butter is melted and incorporated into the potatoes. Stir in enough milk or cream to reach your desired consistency for mashed potatoes. Stir in the cheddar cheese and sour cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve the potatoes topped with the bacon mixture.