Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta


Gouda and pancetta add unexpected flavor to an otherwise classic holiday dish. If you'd prefer, use mozzarella cheese instead.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 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)

  • ¾ cup half-and-half, light cream, or whipping cream

  • 2 cup finely shredded Gouda cheese (8 ounces)

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  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.


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°F. Bake, covered with foil, for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
16g Fat
21g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 502mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 15.9mg 80%
Calcium 242.3mg 19%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 572mg 12%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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