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Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta

Makes: 8 to 10 servings
Start to Finish 40 mins
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta
Ingredients
  • 1  pound  red-skin potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1  pound  russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2  green onions
  • 1  cup  1/4-inch cubes pancetta (about 5 ounces)
  • 3/4  cup  half-and-half, light cream, or whipping cream
  • 2  cups  finely shredded Gouda cheese (8 ounces)
  •  Salt
  •  Freshly ground black pepper
Directions

1. In a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven cook potatoes, covered, in enough boiling lightly salted water to cover for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender; drain. Return potatoes to Dutch oven.

2. Meanwhile, thinly slice green onions, keeping the white portions separate from the green tops. Set green tops aside. In a medium skillet cook white portions of onions and pancetta over medium-high heat about 8 minutes or until pancetta is crisp, stirring occasionally. Drain off fat.

3. Add half-and-half to cooked potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or an electric mixer on low speed until nearly smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and the pancetta mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Transfer mashed potatoes to a serving dish. Sprinkle with green tops of onions and the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

From the Test KitchenVariations:
  • Vegetarian? Use an equal amount of chopped artichoke hearts to replace the pancetta. Not a fan of Gouda? Replace it with smoked mozzarella. No green onions? Substitute fresh chives or Italian (flat-leaf) parsley.
To Make Ahead
  • Prepare as directed through Step 3. Transfer mashed potatoes to a greased 2-quart baking dish. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, covered with foil, for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts (Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 272,
  • Fat, total (g) 16,
  • chol. (mg) 47,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 21,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 13,
  • vit. A (IU) 292,
  • vit. C (mg) 16,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 28,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 502,
  • Potassium (mg) 572,
  • calcium (mg) 242,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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